Thursday, April 27, 2006

Project Naijacar: 1st project

Since I saw Izuogu's car on TV 9 years ago, I've always wanted to see a nigerian manufactured car manifest. I started designing my own version of the car at 10yrs old, and my design has matured or changed over time. This design is brought forward to the 1st naijaCar project. Criteria set to meet costs demands are as follows
  • Space frame construction rather than monocouque ( this removes the need for expensive stamps and moulds) basically a spaceframe is like a matrix of metal welded together like a bycicle frame, this would tap into the ability of the local metal workers. monocouque chasis makes sense for large scale productions, but for a small scale spaceframe is more cost effective.
  • Plastic body panels covering the metal spaceframe. the body panels are untressed and the use of plastic would use the avalability of cheap plastic moulds.
  • Symmetric door design so the same front doors could be used for the rear, increasing part simmilarity and economies of scale hence lowering manufacturing costs.
  • Simplistic and functional interior
  • Engine mounted underneath rear seat (2cyl about 800cc 50hp, 55lbft of torque)probably air cooled eliminating radistor cost and plumbing complexities.
  • Variable belt transmision
Plans and Sketches would be posted soon..

4 comments:

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Anonymous said...

I like your enthusiasism about this. Such is what is needed if Nigeria is to move forward.

Tonami Playman said...

thanks to everyone for showing interest in this endeavor. The more this idea stays afloat, the greater the possibility that Nigeria would cook up its own car.

John Bake said...

i like what you are doing. How do i reach you. iam interested in this. we could work together. My email is johnbake77@hotmail.com.number is +2348033652132