Vol. 5 Num 568 Sat. December 31, 2005  

First ever car designed by a Bangladeshi runs today

An enterprising youth today introduces Leepu F-21, the first ever automobile designed by a Bangladeshi, in Dhanmondi in the capital.

Nizamuddin Awlia Leepu, the designer, formally launches the car at his workshop cum home on Jikatola New Road at 11:30am.

"I named the car after myself followed by F-21 that stands for February 21 [Ekushey February], International Mother Language Day," Leepu told The Daily Star last night.

Leepu has been working in automotive body designing and building technology since 1988.

He spent seven years in California in automotive culture to gather experience and expertise and since he returned home in 1998, he has been trying to improvise and innovate automobiles.

He said his ambition is to free Bangladesh from its shortcoming in automobile designing and help it turn into a designer-car country.

The Discovery TV channel will start filming a series of documentary on him and his career in February 2006.

Besides, renowned British organisation Rich Mix in London has invited him to take part with his car in an international automobile exhibition in April 2006.