Project leaders of the proposed Africar have said it will not look like a Trabant as they have asked art students to give the car an “African feel”. Do you have any ideas or design tips?

Project leaders of the proposed Africar have said it will not look like a Trabant as they have asked art students to give the car an “African feel”. Do you have any ideas or design tips?

The German version of reported that Peter Mandos, the man behind the Africar project, said Johannesburg art students and design specialists from Dessau were working on the project.

The Africar will not use the two-stroke engine from the East German Trabant, but rather a four-stroke engine from a Russian manufacturer. He said this will be just a temporary plan until a modern two-stroke engine is developed.

Mandos introduced the plan at the Economic Forum in Konberg, Germany, recently. He hopes to use Sachsenring, the inactive Trabant plant. Mandos said that Sachsenring in Zwickaw, Germany, will develop the concept, plan the factory, train South Africans to work at the factory and help source the raw material.

But Mandos is still trying to raise the money. He needs R8,2 million for the feasibility study. Elke Hoppe, co-founder of the Economic Forum, told the newspaper that a further R57 million will be needed for construction of prototypes and testing. The next phase will be production of the vehicles, which is expected to cost R576 million.

Mandos said earlier this month that he wants the car to be based on the Trabant as it could be easily modified for African roads. It would be low-tech, involve low maintenance and cheap. “We love this technology,” he said.

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