Back in the day, seeing an Indian athlete or an Indian player bringing home an Olympic medal was surprising and blissful at the same time. It isn’t that our country is devoid of good sportspersons but the infrastructure that we currently have in our country, makes the journey to the Olympics even harder than it already is. When our ace shuttler PV Sindhu clamped a historic win at the Tokyo Olympics 2020 to bring home a shining bronze medal, a wave of happiness took over our country and to commemorate this historic win, an inventor hailing from PV Sindhu’s own city, designed a car shaped like a shuttlecock!
The man in focus here is Hyderabad-based inventor and entrepreneur K Sudhakar who unveiled his latest creation on Saturday at Hyderabad’s country club. The inventor claims that he has built this car entirely from scrap and that it has a top speed of 60 kilometres per hour.
What the man had to say
“I wanted to cheer for our champion badminton player PV Sindhu and this is my way of cheering her. Earlier, I made cars shaped like a cricket ball, cricket bat, snooker ball and more whenever a significant match was scheduled and Indian players were contending,” says Sudhakar, adding, “This model has been built using upcycled scrap material and it cost about Rs.40,000 to make. I used an old 150 cc auto-rickshaw engine to power this model. I use these as my way of giving a message to society. For instance, I made a helmet shaped car to spread awareness on road safety, a condom car for World AIDS Day. Last year, I even made one shaped like the coronavirus to emphasise on the importance of staying safe,” he explains. “This car is my 58th car and I aim to make 100 such cars overall,” he adds.
The innovator is known for building unique shaped vehicles under his brand Sudha Cars and also has a museum where these are displayed. He is also known for making cars oriented towards a message. While the pandemic did affect visitors to his museum, he says it is getting better now. “We reopened our museum last month and the footfalls are slowly picking up. We hope to see more people visiting our museum soon,” says Sudhakar.
Rajeev Reddy, CMD, Country Club, unveiled the car along with Sudhakar and said, “The onus lies on PV Sindhu to take the country’s pride forward and with this unveiling, I wish her the best.”