The Filipino people have world class skills and talents. Just look at the different talent shows all over the world; you would immediately see a Filipino contestant dominating that search.
However, their abilities are not limited to the performing arts. They are quite known for their artistic talents in painting, poetry, and even in tattoo making. They also have major contributions to the maths, science, and engineering sectors. In fact, they are able to make exceptional car designs that took the world by storm. They were able to utilize muffler sellers in the Philippines to provide them with parts to create these vehicles:
The engineer owners of Chariot Motors – a jeepney assembly company located in Bacolod City – Mario Racide and Julio Paredes built the Parac prototype in 2012. They presented its design to the DOST (Department of Science and Technology) for approval but was regrettably rejected. Fortunately, their design was picked up by the American engine manufacturer, Cummins, which means they can start manufacturing this car in the Philippines.
The prototype they built is a 2-door sedan with diesel engine, which they will get from Cummins. Its name, Parac, comes from Paredes and Racide’s last names. It can also mean “police” if translated in Tagalog. According to the pair, most of the car parts will come from the Philippines, except for its engine and tyres.
The Aurelio is being considered as Philippine’s very first supercar in history. It is being manufactured by a car company based in San Pedro, Laguna known as the Factor Aurelio Automobile. It is being headed by the Factor siblings (Bryan and Kevin) as well as Brendan Aurelio. In this project, they are being joined by businessman Peter Sy and marketing expert Sonny Garcia.
The vehicle is a 2-door sports car. It has a sleek and stylish design, which weighs 632kg, with a height of 178cm, a width of 178cm, and a length of 436cm. It has a horsepower engine that is capable of reaching the top speed of nearly 300km/hr.
SINAG is quite different from the first two cars on this list. It doesn’t exactly have a diesel or gasoline engine. In fact, it runs using solar power.
The vehicle’s monocoque shell, electrical system, and solar cells were all built in the Philippines. The students from De La Salle University have managed to build it from scratch in less than a year to the amazement of many. It was more than ready to join other solar vehicles in the World Solar Challenge race in Adelaide, Australia back 2007. The SINAG team was not expecting to do well, but they were able to exceed their expectations by finishing ahead of more than 12 other competitors.
Bangkarwayan is another solar car made in the Philippines. But aside from using solar, it can also use windmill power and 12-volt batteries to run.
This vehicle was the brain child of Benjamin Mangubat, a professor from the University of the Philippines. His idea was to create a vehicle using indigenous items such as bamboo, banig (sleeping mat), and bilao (winnowing basket). It also supposedly can run both on land and water; although, its ability to run on water has yet to be tested.
These cars are proof that the Filipino people have a lot to offer. Let’s hope that the Philippine made cars in the future will double in numbers.
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