We Have The Capability To Design A Chassis, All We Need Is Will

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It was 1 or 2 in the morning, I heard a loud continuous farting sound coming in the room from the main road, just outside my balcony, it kept on getting louder and after about three minutes, by the time I had come outside to see what was making such ridiculously irritating noise, I saw it coming, it was getting louder, it was still coming, the Chinese Xenon lights that were visible from a mile beyond, felt it as though National Stadium has come alive, and it was still coming and getting louder, and blinded everyone who came in its path now, it was exactly in front of me, but it was starting to go away, with the noise being unbearable now. It had finally gone.

It took about 2 and a half minutes since the fart gun’s noise first entered my head. It was a Charade equipped with a fart gun. And it was brutal. These cars though, aren’t ricers in my opinion, even though a Honda D15 or D-Choose-your-number doesn’t have a place in Anda Charade but what can the children do when they don’t have some affordable hot hatch, or a fun car to make them live their automotive dreams.

My Waalid Saab told me why the Daihatsu Charade was such a hit amongst the teens and tweens of that era. It was a sports car. Small engine, good acceleration, etc etc and it had better grip than the usual Suzukis. Of course, the Detomaso Charade was born out of the Charade Detomaso 926R created for the insane Group B rally.

The Charades we got were the homologation models of the 926R.  They are kind of outdated now and no one is even interested in to taking matters into their own hands. Ariel, Caterham and Local Motors are three fine examples of how few motivated individuals can make all the difference can create the cars, which wouldn’t be allowed to them otherwise. Why haven’t we yet?

We have instead chosen to squeeze engines where they don’t belong too. We have paid extra to mechanics who are better; just because they have squeezed more. But we never created a chassis which could utilize off-the-shelf parts and created a small, sports hatchback…just so we don’t need to bow down to the local utility machines.

If it could be done by the likes of Proficient pick up trucks, it can be done now. There is no need for a large assembly line. All you need is a basement, proper knowledge of automotive engineering, how to create a car with proper motoring pedigree, some people from Karachi University’s Industrial Design course to design the car, and alas! You can be the Local Motors of Pakistan.

Baber K. Khan

An auto enthusiast trying to bring car media mainstream.

  • Bilal Qureshi

    You and I are probably going to have a long conversation about this at some point, but I wonder if there’s a market for a locally built lightweight sport chassis…
    Probably not as large as we think, but hopefully large enough to justify a couple of scrappy designers in a basement who take customer orders for custom work.

  • Baber

    It is all possible. And you don’t need to make something Ariel Atom. But a proper hot hatch. I think, if the design and execution is right, I am pretty sure, there will be orders. A lot of them.

  • Zain Cheema

    oooooh! Baber you maybe on to something. Being an accountant myself, afraid cant do much in the technical bit. But should PW choose to go this way (scrapyard custom cars), I would happily be the first customer 😀

  • Baber

    You can always take care of the accounts department of our dukaan. See accounts would be very needed for such a project in my opinion. Their job will be to tell us what parts should we get to have the right cost advantage. You’re an accountant, imagine what would you advise?

  • Zain-ul-Abideen Cheema

    For one, I charge by the hour. My consultancy does not come free 😀
    Still, a friendly piece of advice is that you guys should not keep separate books for the authorities and the business (as most locals do), you should have good inventory management and for customers (like me, hopefully) low profit margins with maximum transparency :p

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