This Homemade Electric Supercar Is Impressive Even If It Only Goes 20 MPH

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This life-sized Hot Wheels looking thing is the Hainan Xiaohuohua. It may not be as fast as it looks, but some dude and his dad knocked this thing out with about a year of work and $5,000 of parts. And hey, it drives!

Illustration for article titled This Homemade Electric Supercar Is Impressive Even If It Only Goes 20 MPH

Our friends over at CarNewsChina tell us this machine is the brainchild of 27-year-old Chen Yinxi. The name apparently translates to “Hainan Young Flower.” Hainan is the province where Yinxi lives in the city of Haikou.

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Yinxi is a college student “but plans to drop out soon to focus completely and solely on car design.” His father runs a fiber reenforced plastics company which is where the car’s materials came from, but apparently young Chen did the molding himself.

CarNewsChina reports that Yinxi spent about a year and $4,700 to put the car together, ordering parts and the Low Speed Electric Vehicle platform on which it’s based, on the internet.

Illustration for article titled This Homemade Electric Supercar Is Impressive Even If It Only Goes 20 MPH

It’s not perfect. I mean, the wheelgaps are wide as canyons and I bet we’d find more blemishes if we could get some decent resolution on these images. And of course that “low speed” car it’s all built around is exactly that; top speed is rated at 30 KPH with what I imagine is a pretty short range.

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But for a home-built and self-designed amateur automotive project? Heaps of respect to Yinxi, his old man, and the Hainan Xiaohuohua. There’s obviously a lot of talent here, with any luck the design will catch an investor’s eye and Yinxi’s dream of putting a more powerful motor in his car might come true.

Illustration for article titled This Homemade Electric Supercar Is Impressive Even If It Only Goes 20 MPH
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For now, he’s renting it out for store openings and photo shoots. But he’s already working on a much more practical looking electric hatchback. With a little more money and education behind him, this Yinxi kid could be going toe-to-toe with Elon Musk someday. I’m seeing some solid Iron Man 2 parallels already...

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Hat tip to Tycho!


Contact the author at andrew@jalopnik.com.

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