This Motorcycle Uses Scrap From India's First Aircraft Carrier

Bajaj Auto Ltd.'s V motorcycle

A model V motorcycle, produced by Bajaj Auto Ltd.

Source: Bajaj Auto Ltd.
  • Bajaj introduces 150cc V, built with steel from INS Vikrant
  • V offers 12 horsepower, LED lights and design inspired by ship

Bajaj Auto Ltd. on Monday unveiled a model called V that contains metal from India’s first aircraft carrier, INS Vikrant.

The ship, which served the Indian Navy for almost four decades, had taken part in a naval blockade during India’s war with neighbor Pakistan in 1971. India bought the World War II-era aircraft carrier from the U.K. in 1957. It was decommissioned in 1997 and turned into a museum, before it was broken up at a salvage yard in Mumbai in 2014 after petitions to save the vessel failed. The government decided to scrap the ship because it was difficult to maintain.

India’s second-biggest motorcycle maker is looking to cash in on some of the nostalgia and patriotism with its new model that uses metal from the scrapped ship in its fuel tank. The company, in television advertisements, says it took metal from the vessel, melted it and gave it a new face.

Branded “part motorbike, part war hero,” the model will have a 150 cc, 12 horsepower engine with a rear cowl, LED lights and go on sale next month, Bajaj said in a statement.

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