A South African man, Moses Ngobeni, 41, is set to hit the road with a BMW 318is he reportedly built from scratch 3 years ago. Ngobeni, a married father of three and employed as a municipal electrical technician in Mpumalanga, has already spent more than R200000 to realise his childhood dream. He started assembling the car in 2013. He imported the 2015 Nissan GTR Skyline tail-lights for R18000, and spent R4400 for side mirrors and sound-proofing material. He designed the body from metal sheets he bought locally and designed the interior. He painted the outside red.
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. Other features include aerodynamics which are solid plane-like wings that automatically come out of the sides to stabilise the vehicle during emergency braking. He started drawing sketches of his car in 1994 as a 19-year-old electrical engineering student. His next dream is to build a helicopter.
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