Go Back   Team-BHP > BHP India > The Indian Car Scene


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 13th August 2008, 16:06   #31
DKG
Senior - BHPian
 
DKG's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Hyderabad
Posts: 3,706
Thanked: 928 Times
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Mathew57 View Post
Hope all this will help
No Sir definitely not!!! Here we have one of two individuals who have crafted cars that look like the perfect replicas of Caterhams, all indigenous, and the creator wants to sum it up in one post!!

Mathew you are a genius. And we want tons more. TONS.

Please start a detailed account of how your dream began, all the planning, the drawings, Jeez...I am completely stumped.

Wow the Indian cottage industry has arrived. Three cheers to the pioneers, Mathew and Rizwan (in Bombay) for an outstanding job done.

I have to meet you someday!

Last edited by DKG : 13th August 2008 at 16:20.
DKG is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 13th August 2008, 19:35   #32
BHPian
 
vintagepoint5's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Jeddah/Hyd
Posts: 411
Thanked: 40 Times
Default

Congrats Mathew, excellent job, share more details of chassis pictures,
driving and road test performance etc. Appreciate if you share more info. like time to complete one car and approx. cost and any technical problems encountered.

Good luck!
vintagepoint5 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 13th August 2008, 23:36   #33
Newbie
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 7
Thanked: 9 Times
Post Scorpion Barchetta

Hi everyone,

I first saw a Caterham when I was in England doing my engineering in !975 and immediately fell in love with it.

I susequently worked with British Leyland and later Peugeot in Nigeria. I returned to India in 1983 and started a manufacturing unit here in Bangalore totally unrelated to cars.

Then around 1998, I decided to build one for myself.

First thing I had to do was to get the chassis designs. This was sourced from the net and countless magazines and the like. I also had to do alot of scaling back etc to get it right.

Then , it was a question of building the chassis. There were alot playing around with springs for the suspension. The body was made in 19 guage mild steel sheet and FRP for the nose and mudguards.

Its a bit difficult to put all this into words.

This first car had an Esteem 1300 SOHC engine. The suspension and drivetrain were the same as the present one that I have.

This was the car that was featured on Top gear and later on CNBC and also in Society and Autocar Magazines.

I subsequently sold it.

Now at 58, I don't think I'll be able to build another. Its too much of an effort in terms of enegy and time. Alot of machining had to be done by me on my lathe. The gear knob for example , made from Aircraft grade aluminium took me one week to machine and polish.

So as you can see, to build her to these specs, took alot of passion and it was a labour of love. I had only my Man Friday to help me who has been with me from the age of 12 years.

As to the cost, the hardware i.e. engine, drivetrain, aluminium sheet, T7075Grade bar stock. carbon fibre, electricals, painting etc came to about 2lakhs+. But my effort and labour is altogether a different story. Difficult to put a price on it.

I would however be more than willing to help anyone out in case they want to build one.

One note of advise- This is not a car for someone who doesn't have his/her head between his/her shoulders. Its a car for mature drivers who think responsibly.

There are many who have asked me what the max speed is, and I have said that I don't know. It is too dangerous to try that on our roads. The only place I can think of is the Yelahanka Air force Station's runway!!!
Mathew57 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 14th August 2008, 10:23   #34
BHPian
 
srijit's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Trivandrum
Posts: 594
Thanked: 6 Times
Talking

Wow, Mathewji, that is a wonderful story.
You said that your car was featured on Top Gear. Was it the magazine? Could you tell us which year?
Also were there any difficulties in getting the car road legal?
If someone were to build a car like this now, how hard is to get it road legal?
srijit is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 16th August 2008, 11:06   #35
Senior - BHPian
 
narayan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Singapore
Posts: 2,769
Thanked: 1,162 Times
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Mathew57 View Post
Hi everyone,

I first saw a Caterham when I was in England doing my engineering in !975 and immediately fell in love with it.

I susequently worked with British Leyland and later Peugeot in Nigeria. I returned to India in 1983 and started a manufacturing unit here in Bangalore totally unrelated to cars.

Then around 1998, I decided to build one for myself.

First thing I had to do was to get the chassis designs. This was sourced from the net and countless magazines and the like. I also had to do alot of scaling back etc to get it right.

Then , it was a question of building the chassis. There were alot playing around with springs for the suspension. The body was made in 19 guage mild steel sheet and FRP for the nose and mudguards.

Its a bit difficult to put all this into words.

This first car had an Esteem 1300 SOHC engine. The suspension and drivetrain were the same as the present one that I have.

This was the car that was featured on Top gear and later on CNBC and also in Society and Autocar Magazines.

I subsequently sold it.

Now at 58, I don't think I'll be able to build another. Its too much of an effort in terms of enegy and time. Alot of machining had to be done by me on my lathe. The gear knob for example , made from Aircraft grade aluminium took me one week to machine and polish.

So as you can see, to build her to these specs, took alot of passion and it was a labour of love. I had only my Man Friday to help me who has been with me from the age of 12 years.

As to the cost, the hardware i.e. engine, drivetrain, aluminium sheet, T7075Grade bar stock. carbon fibre, electricals, painting etc came to about 2lakhs+. But my effort and labour is altogether a different story. Difficult to put a price on it.

I would however be more than willing to help anyone out in case they want to build one.

One note of advise- This is not a car for someone who doesn't have his/her head between his/her shoulders. Its a car for mature drivers who think responsibly.

There are many who have asked me what the max speed is, and I have said that I don't know. It is too dangerous to try that on our roads. The only place I can think of is the Yelahanka Air force Station's runway!!!

i salute you Mathew
narayan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 16th August 2008, 12:04   #36
Senior - BHPian
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: goa
Posts: 1,066
Thanked: 52 Times
Default

Thats, nice The creator on the Forum... Have got tons of questions sir, Have been trying to build something like this for ages now. First obstacle is the registration, I do not want to keep the car as a show piece and/or drive it at night [illegally].How was the car registered as the chassis is not original.
dinar is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 16th August 2008, 15:40   #37
Team-BHP Support
 
.anshuman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Good-Gaon
Posts: 7,708
Thanked: 8,928 Times
Default

Awesome work Matthew,looks very good and that suzuki engine and low weight looks very yummy to me, now waiting for some lucky member to post a drive report sometime soon.
.anshuman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 18th August 2008, 16:57   #38
BHPian
 
thiyags22's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Madras / Bangalore
Posts: 147
Thanked: 7 Times
Default

You are an inspiration. Hats off!!

Thiyags
thiyags22 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 25th August 2008, 13:47   #39
Senior - BHPian
 
wanderernomad's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Chandigarh
Posts: 2,390
Thanked: 785 Times
Default

Awesome work, Sir. Shows the passion involved and the effort needed. hats off to you.
wanderernomad is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 25th August 2008, 14:10   #40
BHPian
 
prabhuav's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 670
Thanked: 112 Times
Default

Mathew,

Too bad we dont have a smiley that shows a kneel down. Trying this one
_o-<

This just mindblowing.

Vijay
prabhuav is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 25th August 2008, 14:33   #41
GTO
Team-BHP Support
 
GTO's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Bombay
Posts: 47,705
Thanked: 89,159 Times
Default

Quote:
11. Kerb weight is around 380kgs.
That's a minimum power to weight of 300+ BHP / Ton! Ajmat, when are you driving it?
GTO is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 19th March 2009, 13:56   #42
Distinguished - BHPian
 
FlyingSpur's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Bay Area, CA
Posts: 3,937
Thanked: 1,331 Times
Default

How come no one's seen one in Mumbai. A friend has built one, and taken me for a quick spin around the block as well. pretty wild experience. Colour is blue. I'll ask when I meet him next, if I can post more here.
FlyingSpur is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 19th March 2009, 14:19   #43
BHPian
 
Manuuj's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: New Delhi.
Posts: 615
Thanked: 1,028 Times
Default

B.E.A.U.T.I.F.U.L machine..the work has been executed perfectly..
many congratulations on completing this piece of art..
many just dream of doing this (myself included), you have done it! my respects!

If you wouldn't mind would you care to share the time line and expense incurred..just ballpark figures would do..thanks!
Manuuj is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 19th March 2009, 14:55   #44
BANNED
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Ahmedabad
Posts: 1,457
Thanked: 10 Times
Default

mathew, salute to the work and effort you gave to create this BEAUTIFUL piece of art.WOW.
vijaythacker is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 19th March 2009, 17:10   #45
BHPian
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Hyderabad
Posts: 269
Thanked: 66 Times
Default

Mathu ji,
If this is not passion, the what is?
Please write a detailed report as to how you actually worked on it. It can turn out to be a huge inspiration for others.
Congratulations!
lejhoom is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Burmans of Dabur set to drive Caterham into India riziali The Indian Car Scene 7 30th October 2011 03:22
Rubicon replica - Made in India. fazalaliadil 4x4 Vehicles 53 7th July 2011 19:23
Pictures and Videos :Lamborghini Murcielago Barchetta in Mumbai Dippy Super-Cars & Imports in India 244 5th August 2006 14:11
Crashed Murcielago Barchetta (Dubai) Stratos The International Automotive Scene 13 30th March 2006 18:46
Pic: Lamborghini Murcielago Barchetta in Bangalore cinclaturbo Super-Cars & Imports in India 49 20th March 2006 21:28


All times are GMT +5.5. The time now is 22:33.

Copyright 2000 - 2017, Team-BHP.com
Proudly powered by E2E Networks