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African Technology has Gone Extra Miles: A South African Builds Himself a Homemade Super Car, Says Helicopter is Next!

The 2-litre engine, which was stripped off a BMW he bought specifically for its engine and gearbox, has a maximum speed of 250km/h. The front lights are from an Audi TT coupé he owned.

The electronic system is connected to his cellphone. He can start the engine remotely. It also automatically starts its engine when the battery is running low.

The sports car runs on 18-inch tyres and is fitted with a computer screen and airbags.

The red two-seater monster powered by a BMW 318is engine had never left Ngobeni’s village until last week, and it caused him a few headaches.

Ngobeni, 41, had hired a tow truck to transport the car last week to a police station in Venda to have its chassis number engraved and registered to kickstart the process of certifying the car with the traffic department and the National Regulatory of Compulsory Specification (NRCS).

The driver of the truck was so impressed with Ngobeni’s beast that he took pictures and posted them on Facebook. The post was shared more than 5000 times on the social network.

“Within an hour of those pictures going online I received several calls from strangers including journalists who asked for interviews, but I turned them down because the car was not finished yet,” he said from his lavish home.

“I didn’t want to draw unnecessary attention. As an African, I know some people might get jealous and use ‘things’ to prevent this car from being completed.” he explained.

Ngobeni, a married father of three and employed as a municipal electrical technician in Mpumalanga, has already spent more than R200000 to realize his childhood dream. He started assembling the car in 2013.

He started drawing sketches of his car in 1994 as a 19-year-old electrical engineering student.

That’s how his car looks inside.

“From the age of seven I believed that at one point, I’d make a car. I grew up loving sports cars even though nobody in Giyani could afford one.”
His next dream is to build a helicopter.

By Robert Muriisa.

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