When many countries are diving deep into sophisticated technological advancement schemes, it is interesting to see Nigerian youths following suit. Maybe we are not as lazy as some people might have publicly proclaimed. Meet the Young Nigerian who created the first of it’s kind made-in -Nigeria Carbon fibre sports car.
The man with the plan
Jerry Mallo Isaac who is also the CEO of Bennie Technology Ltd started out in Jos, Plateau state and deceided onwards to pursue a lifelong career in innovation. He had a vision of building the very first Carbon fibre car in Nigeria and that vision became a reality as he unveiled the one of the kind product, Carnon fibre sport car he gleefully named ‘ Bennie Purrie’.
He has stated that a particular factor that influenced his manufacturing of the car is that Nigeria has all the resources that’s needed for such production.
“In Europe, we learnt that making the car is just half of the challenge, and selling it is the other half; Africa is usually is the target place to sell these vehicles, so I feel there’s a big market for it here,” Mallo stated.
Process that led to the creation
Through his industry he was able to garner up a team of people with the same vision to bring the vehicle to it’s full form. However in terms of finances and good publicity, Mallo mentioned that the governor of Plateau State Simon Lalong has been of great help
Mallo, has also shared his zeal to accommodate Nigerians willing to participate in his innovative journey. He said this while emphasizing on the tenacity and spirit of industry in the Nigerian youths
Was the vehicle really manufactured in Nigeria?
There has been quite a number of speculations surrounding the origin of the vehicles of famous Nigerian car brand Innosun. The headline of the speculation is that the car brand doesnt actually manufacture it’s own car but merely assembles it. A more subtle speculation however has been that they import the cars and simply rebrand them here in Nigeria. Whether the rumours are true is yet to be known but one thing is for sure, the Bennie Purrie was created entirely in Nigeria. That we know for now
According to Mallo, the Bennie Purrie car is made of fibres which have the characteristics of glass, and if they get hit, they break like bottles and the airbags protect the individuals.
The vehicle was created this way in a bid to save more people from auto crashes. He explained that most people get crushed and mashed in cars because those cars are made from aluminium or galvanized sheets that cannot absorb shocks at high speed. Also speaking about Nigerian roads, he expressed his confidence in the car’s ability to withstand its unique structure.
In order to ensure the cars are conducive temperature-wise, Mallo stated that the vehicles have great cooling systems, with four radiators to ensure that the cars are cool regardless of the temperature.
Regarding the speed of the vehicle, Mallo says his first model goes from 0 to 120 in 12seconds. He adds that it is a 2.0litre engine car which produces about 130 big horsepower.
Is the vehicle ready for purchase?
According to Mallo, the Bennie Purrie unveiled recently is merely a test model. He stressed that if the process to manufacture the product is properly funded, then the cars would be avaliable for purchase within two years. At least it’s a start right?
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