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Building something from scratch

Ana Madigibuli
Saturday, January 13, 2018

YOU would know a car enthusiast by the way he handles himself when he's behind the steering wheel and for Rahul Ravikash Chetty it's all about control.

For Mr Chetty a group I.T administrator at Mr Mobile Group of Companies, driving was about being able to enjoy the adrenalin and putting the maximum efforts of building something from scratch.

Mr Chetty drives a Prius 1.8 litre with power options and was also building a Honda Civic 1.5 litre 16 valves (EK3) naturally aspirated four cylinders in line front engine with a maximum power output of 114PS available at 6500rpm.

The Civic has a maximum torque of 134Nm available from 5200rpm which is transmitted to the 15 inch tyre by a manual five speeds gearbox.

He said his Prius which has a speed of 168kmph was a family vehicle while his Civic that has a speed of 170kmph was his street legal ride.

"On full capacity the metre says 220kmph for the Honda Civic and there is no official speed given for the Prius so far," he said.

"The Honda Civic was bought from a friend of mine because I was always interested in Honda Civic vehicles, but I bought my Prius from a car dealer because I was interested in its appearance and speed.

"I have so many cherished memories as a child about owning a car, but I still have my first car that was given to me by my parents and it was a Honda." He said in terms of modification works he did not keep records because he was still in the process of modifying his vehicles.

"For us modifications never really has an end, as our love for cars keeps growing and dreams keep coming on what type of car we want," he said.

"For me there is nothing wrong with holding onto an old car, racking up miles on the odometer and forming a connection with it.

After a while no one can blame you for wanting something more because car enthusiasts enjoy power and a smooth ride which new vehicles offer but it doesn't mean you need to trade-in your old ride.

"You have spent too much time breaking in the grove of the driver's seat and you have adjusted it to how you like it.

"My opinion is to save the cash and save yourself the separation anxiety and just modify your old ride with a few upgrades that is affordable and in some case easy enough to work or install in your own garage with standard tools."

He said his passion for driving fast cars began at a young age when he watched cartoons that featured cars.

"Another reason why I love driving fast cars was because of my brother who is no longer with us.

He made sure all our family and friends had a passion for cool rides and that was where I got my passion for cars from," he said.

He says his dream car is a Honda Civic Type R.

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