A 27-year-old Nigerian fabrication engineer and Chief Executive Officer of Bennie Technologies LTD., Jerry Issac Mallo made history by building the first Nigerian-made fibre sports car in Nigeria and West Africa
In 2012, at age 18, whilst he was in secondary school, he built his first ‘life-size’ car made out of trash. He cut short his studies in the UK and returned to Nigeria to start manufacturing cars.
Africa, according to him, has all the resources and raw materials used in manufacturing vehicles, but sadly they are seldom made in Africa.
Hence, another reason why he decided to venture into the manufacturing of cars – is to fill that void.
In 2019, Chief Executive Officer, Bennie Technologies Limited, Jerry Isaac Mallo, made national headlines in November when he unveiled Nigeria’s first luxury sports car – the Bennie Purri.
Designed with carbon fibre to give it a more robust safety quality, the Bennie Purrie is not the first notable product this entrepreneur and automotive engineer has made. Mallo had long made a brand out of the Jos-based Bennie as a ‘machine design, fabrication, and manufacturing company that simplifies local agricultural processes via mechanization and automation.’
He also made headlines last year by unveiling Nigeria’s first locally made ventilator to support the Nigerian government in the fight against Covid-19.
In an interview with Channels TV, he said: “In Europe, we learned that making the car is just half of the challenge, and selling it is the other half; Africa is usually the target place to sell these vehicles, so I feel there’s a big market for it here.”
On the safety feature of the material, he explained that most people are crushed and mashed in cars because those cars are made from aluminium or galvanized sheets that cannot absorb shocks at high speed.
The Bennie Purrie sports car has a great cooling system, with four radiators to ensure it remains cool inside regardless of the temperature. In terms of speed, this first model goes from 0 to 120 in 12 seconds and has a 2.0-litre engine that produces about 130 horsepower.
The “Bennie Purrie” is made of fibres that have the advantage of breaking like glass or bottles in case of a car crash, while the airbags protect the individuals inside.
This car is also made with tubular chassis to make it strong enough to withstand Nigerian roads. When asked what was his inspiration in an interview with Tedge News he said:
“I studied automotive engineering, that’s the manufacturing of cars not mechanical and I’m building agro equipment and other hardware not because that’s what I studied in school but what I’ve learned.It was self-thought. I learned it online. Google and YouTube are where I spent most of my time and my time in the morning. I learn from there.”
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