Fast and Furious really aroused our wants to drive and drift around in cars but for Nurul Haque, it was much more. The 31-year old fan of the franchise, converted his Maruti into a car that resembles Lamborghini.
He’s a motor mechanic who spent about 8months on the transformation and invested 6.2 lakhs. The cost included raw materials, the engine and other modifications. According to HT Auto, he used a Maruti Swift engine. His project became a sensation and caught everyone’s eye when he resorted to social media to display his work. He has posted many pictures of his car on Instagram along with videos of interviews and mentions on the news.
The coronavirus hit encouraged him to divert his mind towards building his own car since like many others he too was jobless for a long while. He resides in the remote district of Karimganj in Assam and runs a garage in Bhanga Bazaar.
He credits his father for the knowledge of cars, who too was a car mechanic. Together they owned a garage in Nagaland where they spent 20 years of their life. They shifted in the wake of threats they seemingly received from local groups.
YouTube tutorial videos have played an important part in his project. The videos helped him replicate parts used in Italian luxury sports car brand.
The brand is based in Sant’Agata Bolognese and is also known for its SUVs. It was founded back in 1963 and continues to emerge as one of the most preferred luxury cars in the world of automobiles. Currently the company is owned by the Volkswagen group through Audi, the subsidiary.
The cheapest model available in India, Urus alone costs about 3.10 crores. On the other hand, Maruti Suzuki India Limited is a subsidiary of Japanese Suzuki Motor Corporation (owned by Toyota). It is known for a wide variety of affordable cars in India.
Nurul said he plans on selling the car but hasn’t found any potential buyer. “I am willing to sell this car but it has to be someone who understands the value of this model. Only a sports enthusiast can relate to my passion,” he said.
He mentions that he isn’t sure if the transformation he made is legally acceptable. But he really wants to drive his car on the streets of his state. Being quite a local celebrity he also said that he has requested the local administration for permission. However, he was told that he can only drive it by the permission of the government.
He hopes that his car won’t be seized by the police or that he’d be arrested for it. He wishes to take it on the road for a test drive in order to be well acquainted with the functions and capabilities of the car. He would like to make more and more models of the same if he has buyers and gets a permit.
His wish list for the future includes replication of Ferrari. “I am planning to make a customised replica of Ferrari soon. But it all depends on my Lamborghini experience.
If the local administration grants me the permission to ride this car, I am going to make more of these models,” He told the Hindustan Times.
As kids we would be intrigued by Tarzan the Wonder Car, for Haque, the movie became a reality.
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