18-year-old kid from Ghana built his own car under P10K only

Updated Jan 08, 2021 | Same topic: Most Updated Car Concept

He hopes to inspire the youth to chase their dreams. 

People making something innovative out of cheap materials will be an inspiring sight to see. This is the case for the 18-year-old kid from Accra, Ghana named Kelvin Odartei. He created his own car with an estimated cost of around 8,000 Ghana Cedi (or Php 8,173).

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Kelvin is a Junior High School graduate who loves to invent at a young age. According to his mom, Kelvin would even make an airplane or a helicopter that would fly some few distances. Now, his car invention went viral and uses it to go to school.

A picture of the front of Kelvin's car

The car invented by Kelvin

The car looks like an SUV with how the height is designed but with a short wheelbase. It can seat two people with no windows configuration. Kelvin shared that he built the car for three years. Initially, it was just him doing all the work. And later, his friends joined him.

Looking at the front end, Kelvin’s car does come with a sports car-like appeal. It resembles a Lamborghini Sian hypercar with the way the headlight housings are shaped and it even has a rear wing for added sportiness. The hood is even designed with air ducts to probably cool the engine.

Under the hood, Kelvin shared that his car is mounted with a motorcycle engine. The shock absorbers are from a motorcycle as well. The invented car doesn’t come with features that add weight such as an air conditioning system and windows. As such, mounting a proper car engine would be impractical.

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Another picture of Kelvin's car

He uses the car when going to school

Inside, there’s nothing much going on. It does come with cup holders and a dial knob for the radio which seems to be inaudible as of the moment. Those who wish to enter Kelvin’s car will be greeted by falcon-wing doors usually seen from the Tesla Model X or the time machine car from the Back to the Future movie.

Kelvin has a dream to manufacture cars not only in Ghana but also all around the world. Without a doubt, he is off to a good start considering he has built a car under Php 10,000 at the age of 18. He wants to motivate especially the youth to build something just like what he did and to follow their dreams.

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Rex Sanchez

Rex Sanchez


Rex started off his career in the aviation industry before entering Philkotse as a staff writer. Two things excite him the most: first is staying up to speed with the latest news in the industry that uses engines as their heart and soul. The second is imparting them in a well-detailed manner. His passion for anything with wheels started when he was young – from Tamiyas to family-friendly sedans, and anything in between.

Someday, Rex only wishes to drive on random highways with friends in a third-gen Mitsubishi Delica with aftermarket sunroofs, if he couldn’t get the Starwagon Super Exceed edition.

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