Remember Rakesh Babu from Kerala who rose to popularity after a video of his mini Volkswagen Beetle went viral on the internet. After the Volkswagen Beetle, Rakesh built several model cars and motorcycles. Some of them have also been featured on our website. He also built a Yamaha RX100 motorcycle that used a chainsaw engine. He has also built miniature electric versions of Shelby Cobras and Jeeps in the past. Now he’s made a new battery-operated mini Jeep.
The video was uploaded by custom sudus on their YouTube channel. In this video, Rakesh explains how he made the Jeep and talks about the components used. The chassis or frame of the Jeep was made by Rakesh in his workshop only. It’s not the first time he’s made an electric Jeep. As he did once, he had an idea of everything he would need for this build.
Metal pipes were fabricated in the shop to make the frame and he used sheet metal to make the body panels. The Jeep gets a working suspension. I am using shocks from a Bajaj Pulsar 180 motorcycle. The rims on this Jeep are from an auto rickshaw. Headlights are actually aftermarket fog lights that are used on cars. The turn signals of this Jeep are borrowed from a Maruti car. The grille was entirely made by Rakesh Babu in his garage.
The hood receives stickers, the fenders are all metal. The front bumper of this mini Jeep is also made from metal pipes. Moving rearward, the boxy design of the regular Jeep was retained. Taillights also come from autorickshaws. There’s the Willys sticker with his garage sticker. The whole Jeep has been painted blue and looks very neat. The seats are custom made. The seat upholstery was done by someone else. The Jeep’s steering wheel was also made in the workshop and the steering column was also taken from a Maruti.
He mentions that he made this Maruti for children as a toy. The Jeep uses an electric motor. Rakesh must have sourced the batteries from an electric scooter showroom. The batteries are placed under the seat so that there is not much strain on the rear suspension. A converter is placed under the hood. This Jeep’s electric motor sends power to the rear wheels using a chain drive system from the Hero CD100 motorcycle. It even has a reverse gear. Reverse mode can be engaged either by activating the switch or by pushing the gear lever forward and then accelerating the car.
Vlogger even shows how the car drives. The suspension on this Jeep can be seen working without any issues. The batteries take about 7 hours to fully charge and the charging port is placed on the dashboard of the Jeep. However, Rakesh does not mention anything about the autonomy offered by this electric mini Jeep car for children.