A 25-Year-Old Nigerian, Jerry Isaac Mallo, has unveiled Nigeria’s First ‘Carbon Fibre’ Sports Car.
Jerry Isaac Mallo, a young manufacturer has made huge statement with the various machines he fabricated.
His latest offering is what some have termed Nigeria’s first Carbon Fibre sports car.
The Fabrication Engineer and CEO of Bennie Technologies LTD, on Thursday, 28th November, launched his Nigerian made sports car which is named the Bennie Purrie.
The 25-year-old, who hail from Bokkos, Jos, Plateau State said he discovered his passion for cars at the age of five when he was in primary 2.
He said while in school he found it difficult to comprehend the theoretical aspect of his courses but did well in his practical classes.
“We have a lot of hand skilled individuals in Nigeria and they are lying wasted if you would allow me to say it, it is like the theoretical aspect is what is valued more and I am poor at the theoretical so I saw it as a challenge why don’t I do something practically-inclined and will also be platform for others to put their mind and we’ll make a living out of it,” he said.
At the launch which was held at Transcorp Hilton in Abuja, Jerry Isaac Mallo noted that the sports car is the first of many more innovative products he will be creating.
“Africa is a good market for luxury vehicles,” Mallo said.
“I got that exposure when I was in the UK in Europe, we learnt that making the car is just half of the challenge, and selling it is the other half.”
The Plateau State born engineer said he was inspired to create the sports car because Nigeria and Africa at large have all the required resources and raw materials needed.
“Africa is usually is the target place to sell these vehicles, so I feel there’s a big market for it here.”
Mallo further stated that the car was made with fibers that have characteristics of glass totally different from the normal cars in Nigeria made with aluminum.
He said instead of victims getting crushed while in an accident, the car would break into pieces and the victims are protected with airbags.
The car manufacturer said the car has four radiators for Nigeria’s temperature and rugged for the country’s road.
Jerry Mallo said the car is not ready for purchase yet as it is more like research but will be ready for commercialisation in two years.
On the 2nd of August 2018, Mallo emerged as the overall winner of the Micro Small Medium Enterprise award.
Mallo specialises in the fabrication of agricultural machines including a tractor which earned him the national award as MSME of the year.
He was presented with a car and N1 million by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo as the MSME Awards grand winner of the year and given the scholarship to study in any university around the world.