Coventry University graduate Chao Wang builds his own supercar!
BA Automotive Design student Chao Wang, who graduated with a first-class honours degree in 2016, and has spent the last two years building his own supercar!
Where his inspiration came from
“A Club in China bought a Batmobile for an exhibition and Jay Leno had once tested a Batmobile in his video. That was really awesome. You can imagine the feeling when seeing a Batmobile in our real world! The Batmobile really shocked me, and I really liked my FMP model, so I thought it would great if my design could become a real car and I decided to give it a try.”
The idea for the design came from his final project at Coventry University
“I always wanted to make my design into reality. Nothing can be more exciting than that. I wanted to prove that my design actually works. The most helpful process I learned was from my final project where I created a clay model. It was a 1:5 model, and I used 500kg clay, I spent 7 months making the model, then resin turnover. The power of dream is what made me take this further!”
The process I followed and challenges I faced
“l spent 7 months making the full-scale model, 2 weeks learning electrode welding. then l built the chassis. The engine and transmission l got from an Audi A6 - I reinstalled them on the middle of the welded chassis.”
“A new challenge emerged every day and I cracked on with it. I spent a week learning how to make an acrylic windshield - I learned this by myself and made the most of what I learned.”
Why I chose to study at Coventry University
“I sent my automotive design sketches to Mercedes Benz when I was in high school and they recommended a number of the best design schools in the world to me, and Coventry University was at the top of the list. I had been studying Bioengineering at University of Strasbourg in France, but I was bored with this subject because it wasn’t what I wanted to do. So, I came to Coventry and restarted everything.”