Snapshot: Starting today, CarToq will profile one replica car a day over the next few weeks. Today, we have Sf Carz the Custom Car Designers’ Bugatti Veyron hypercar replica, fashioned from a humble Maruti Esteem family sedan. The Esteem is known as the Suzuki Cultus in global markets.
Replica cars are built mainly of fiber glass. Designers and custom car builders use existing car models – known as donor cars – and build the fiber glass replica of a cult supercar/muscle car around the donor car. Replicas vary in quality, depending on the custom builder. From high quality replicas which can be passed off as originals to cheap knock offs, replica cars come in various standards. High quality replica cars also try to bump up power and torque of donor cars while also adding sportier exhausts to improve the overall sensory experience around the replica.
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The Bugatti Veyron replica built by SF Carz the Custom Car Designers, Hyderabad, belongs to the category of cheap knock offs given the overall fit and finish quality. The replica Bugatti Veyron, built on the Maruti Esteem as the donor car, is powered by the 1.3 liter-4 cylinder petrol engine of the Esteem, a far cry from the W16 16 cylinder quad turbo monster of an engine that powers the real Bugatti Veyron. Nevertheless, a good attempt from SF Carz the Custom Car Designers, considering the nascent scene of replica cars in India.