With the limited number of cars available in the Indian market due to government regulations, there are a few people who take things into their hands to get what they want. While the functional modifications are very popular and many people keep on doing it all the time, a few modification garages go over to top to create completely new vehicles.
One such garage is Magneto11 and if you’re a regular reader of our website, you must have spotted a few projects from them in the past. Here is one more and this one is as insane as it can get. The project here is converting a regular Hyundai i10 into a SandRacer. The results are in this video.
The video starts by showing a beat-up Hyundai i10 hatchback. The video also shows the garage working on its body and modifying the parts as required. Starting with the fenders, the i10 gets new customised fenders that house the bigger and wider tyres.
The roof is also modified to give a coupe look and is at an angle to the windscreen. The rear doors have been sealed too. It gets modified front doors too. In between, the video also shows the images of Zarooq SandRacer, a Dakar-spec, road-legal 750 Bhp dune basher.
The video further shows how the additional parts and customised design is added to the i10. All the customised parts are made out of metal as using FRP in the first place is quite difficult, especially in home garages or garages that are not so equipped.
Gets a custom cabin too
Apart from the crazy changes that the vehicle gets on the outside, there is a slew of changes done to the cabin as well. While you will get to see a few parts that will remind you of the i10, which is the original base car. But most of the parts are new in this vehicle.
It gets a new colour theme, new seat covers and a new steering wheel. There is a new infotainment system as well. Apart from these changes, the cabin largely remains the same. It is now a two-door car.
Such modifications are not road legal
Modifications and structural changes are not legal in India. The supreme court of India and the Motor Vehicle Act bans any such modifications to operate on public roads. Such vehicles can be project cars for many and one can use them on private properties like a racing track or at a farmhouse. However, the police may seize it from the public roads.
In India modification is not allowed and even aftermarket accessories like the bullbar and other structural changes are banned too. In fact, tyres that are too big for a vehicle are banned too. Such vehicles sure do attract a lot of attention on the roads but since they are made at local garages without proper welding equipment, they can be dangerous. If a vehicle disintegrates while going on a road, it can become a cause of a big accident.