Rally fan builds speed machine in his garage


New Zealander Alex Kelsey is not your average 21-year-old. Despite struggling in school, he's managed to build a rally car that will reach 124mph in just 7 seconds from the comfort of his family garage.

Kelsey fashioned the MC2, which stands for Mad Creation 2, completely from scratch over an 18-month period. The body shell is taken from a Peugeot - which he chose because he liked the shape - and the V6 engine is from a Formula Renault, because of its awesome soundtrack.

Kelsey's plan was simple: "It needed to look good, it needed to sound good, and it needed to be easy to work on and cheap to maintain," he said in a recent interview with New Zealand's 3 News.

The young man has designed and built almost everything from scratch, including the roll cage, suspension, and the rubber reinforced Kevlar and carbon fibre panels.

Kelsey professed that he was useless at school due to his dyslexia but he has found his true calling in rallying and car design. He previously raced a modified Subaru, winning on his debut outing, and he is currently the youngest competitor to emerge victorious from a stage of the New Zealand National Rally Championship.

The eager amateur mechanic isn't content with a few stage wins, as he wants to push it to the next level and take the overall title in his homemade MC2.

Watch the full interview below

Author: Rebecca Chaplin