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Jagjit Singh: making small cars real mean

Vaishali Bhambri, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, April 19, 2013
First Published: 17:50 IST(19/4/2013) | Last Updated: 02:07 IST(20/4/2013)

Can’t afford big cars but want to turn heads on the road? Car designer Jagjit Singh could make your dream come true. Known for making modified cars for the past 30 years, customising vehicles for the youth is his first love.Singh is now ready with his latest car that he calls an ideal vehicle for a college-goer.

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This red and black unnamed machine comes in a compact design and generates a sports bike’s noise. “College going kids want to flaunt their vehicle, but at the same time, it should be affordable. That’s what I am trying to do,” says Singh.

He is also working on a foldable scooty that fits into a briefcase. “In a campus like IIT, one needs to walk a lot from the parking. So, this scooty will be of use there. Its compact size will make it easy to carry,” he says.

The car expert dons many other hats too. He has mentored many mechanical engineering students at colleges such as Indian Institute of Technology and Netaji Subhas Institute of Technology. “I have seen the spark in these students. They are extremely talented, but somehow I am still waiting for that one person who can think out of the box,” he says. “This person should be interested in taking up this passion to a different level. Actually, I am waiting to impart knowledge,” he adds.

One of Singh’s biggest fortes is to design special cars for the differently-abled. “I have designed around 170 vehicles to help people who cannot drive a standard car. Changes such as movable seats, extended doors, higher brakes, clutches and accelerator and many more are made according to the need of the user. Helping people drive for passion is what gives me the biggest satisfaction,” he says.

His talent and knowledge is not just limited to cars, as he has also worked on vehicles such as All Terrain Vehicle, airplanes, helicopters and many others. “I think I have driven every possible car and the passion still continues,” he says.

So, what comes first for him, the performance or the look of the vehicle? “I would say looks with affordability, as at the end of the day, the car should not burn a hole in your pocket,” says Singh, adding that the price of his vehicles is on request, but affordable. To know more about him and his designs, log on to www.fineautoindia.com.


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