Nigerian automaker, Bennie Autos, on Thursday unveiled a locally-made carbon fiber sports car named the Bennie Purrie. The brain behind this one-of-a-kind sports car is 25 year old CEO of Bennie Technologies Ltd, Jerry Isaac Mallo.
The Fabrication Engineer said he was inspired to build the sports car because Nigeria and Africa is a very big market for luxury vehicles. He added that the resources to build the sports car is readily available in Nigeria.
Jerry Isaac Mallo who was born in Jos, Plateau State. After graduating from the University of Hertfordshire, he had offers to work in the UK automobile industry. Instead, he chose to return to Nigeria to produce farm equipment because his parents were farmers.
The body of Bennie Purrie is made of carbon fibres. This flexible fabric-like material is stronger and lighter than today’s steel and aluminum parts.
The two-seater automobile has a Gull-wing doors. This special door was pioneered by the 1952 Mercedes-Benz 300SL race car.
Powering this prototype car is a 2.0 litre engine car that pumps out 130 big horsepower. This engine allows that car to go from 0 to 120km/h in 12 seconds.
Customers who desire to buy this sports car might have to wait for two more years when Mallo plans to unveil a production version that could one day rival popular sports car.
Mallo plans to improve on its specifications, saying “there is big room for improvement and we won’t stop till it gets better”.
A lot of advancement is going on in Africa, Recently a Nigerian artist, produced realistic human prosthetic body parts.