Chef spends 4000 yuan homemaking a knockoff Hummer

| December 8th, 2011

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(From  Netease) Chinese folks have always had the self-entertaining mindset to compare little things to big renowned things even just for the slightest resemblance. We had a post last year talking about a homemade knockoff Lamborghini by a 25 years old guy. Recently a chef from Zigong City, Sichuan Province became famous on the Internet for spending only about 4000 yuan in designing and handcrafting what netizens called a knockoff “Hummer”.

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The 2 meter long, 1.5 meter high homemade auto took Qu Zhibo 3 years to build since he was busy running his own restaurant. Small as it is, it has everything an auto needed, it burns gasoline and can be driven in the similar manners of a normal car. The only difference lies in the starting – one have to start the kart from behind before jumping into the driver seat to drive, since the engine that remodeled from a motorcycle locates at the end.

From distance, the kart looks like Hummer or Jeep used in America military field operations. “I am a military fan, my design is inspired by armored command vehicle. I am thinking painting it camouflage to make it look more of a real thing.” Said Qu. As for craftsmanship, everything from engine cover, seats, car skin etc are completely handmade by Qu himself, except for steering wheel, tires, tank and engine which are bought parts.

“The kart took me 3 years of hard work, I spent days and nights working things out and designing, I am obsessed with it.” Qu smiled, “I spent nearly 4000 yuan in getting the hard wares, to include painting it, it could amount to 5000 yuan.”

Qu said his “Hummer” is for self-entertainment only. He used to run a suburban passenger transportation business so he knows well about what’s inside a car and how to fix small problems. Although the kart is not remotely comparable to that of a mass produced car, it is kind of swaggering to drive. It can go up to 30 km/h.

“I only drive it a little in front of my restaurant.” Qu is aware that it is against national regulation to put a homemade car on the road, “when I lend it to other people, I always warn them repeatedly to keep off the road.”

Qu invited the reporter to have a try. “Push the lever forward to come down a gear, and push it backward to increase, other things are similar to normal car.” Qu instructed the reporter, who practiced loosing clutch, shifting gear, stepping on gas and driving about in front of the restaurant. “Hey, it is kind of swaggering.” commented the reporter.

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  1. Bo Wang says:

    Hummer my ass, more like a crap jeep.

  2. dongshizhang says:

    Give this guy a cigar and a pair of aviators!

    “Hey, it is kind of swaggering.”

    Yes, he is. Leaders taking bribes, trashy hos showing off, and a restaurant owner who spent 3 years to build his own vehicle. Unfortunately the innovator has the bribe the leader to even think about having a chance with the hos.

  3. Gary says:

    The faux Lamborghini was a lot more amusing than this. Looking at this all you can think is “WTF?”

    Are those two garden tractor tires per hub? And a motorcycle engine that has to be started from outside?

  4. Augis says:

    It’s similar to toy cars for kids. If it costs just 4000 Yuan – then it’s not bad at all.

  5. voiceofhomer says:

    Chinese fisherman kills S. Korean navyman over fishing in free waters.

  6. Mark says:

    I live in a state famous for garage mechanics and hot rods. The best garage mechanics produce vehicles that are street legal and have the craftsmanship seen in a car fresh from a major car company.

    Looking at this jeep thing I see poor design, poor welds, shoddy work, and rust. No American garage mechanic would showcase a creation without giving it a fresh coat of paint even if just primer…

    I realize China is new to automobile culture, but by American standards this is really pathetic and shows the huge gap mainly in standards and craft between West and China. A junk jeep like that would get no attention in the states other than a smirk.

  7. Turkmenistan_First says:

    You Chinese and Koreans are pathetic. Dogs, each and every one of you. Both of you are inferior in both your physical failings and mental retardery. While you both remain bitches of the USA, you whine about which one of you dogs (Japanese included) are a little less pathetic than the other. Evey aspect of your culture is degrading and vile. Koreans are the worst of them all.

    Turkmenistan people are the true pure people and will never sell out and become like you stupid herds of moron. We innovate and keep pride in our identity and heritage while scumbag Chinese choose to become pawns.

  8. Kyrgyzstan4Lyfe says:

    Ha, don’t listen to this Turkic pretender. Everyone know true free Turkic people are Kyrgyz only. Calling those comment as shit for brains is to give alms to a dead man! Without sense and worthless!

    The only “herds of moron,” are from Ashgabutt Shitty, the true capital of mental retardery! You are Rusian bitches fo real! At least those Asian dogs blow Uncle Sam, you dogs blow Cousin Vanya!

    Koreans and Chinee, listen to the truth! Your Asian power rivalry is like a two heads dog biting own’s tail! Rice is rice and you are all the same to us who are your fathers anyways. Study history to know that Kyrgyz is the father of all Asian people. Who’s your daddy? These Kyrgyz nuts, that’s who!

  9. chinese_in_america says:

    chinese or korean
    quite distinctive
    you can easily tell
    yes the odd few that resemble one another will fool you
    otherwise
    if you hang around enough
    you can tell
    heck, easy enough to tell which is from America, north, south, etc etc

    all have their own styles and trends, even if they trying to copy, sorry but not everyone does that great of a job 😛

    i welcome surgery, too many ugly ppl out there that need to be banished from public society

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