The man who preferred car models over role models: Dilip Chhabria2 min read

October 2, 2016 2 min read

The man who preferred car models over role models: Dilip Chhabria2 min read

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The Think Tank, a student run club of Manipal Institute of Technology (MIT), organized the first ever Fireside Chat with the founder and managing director of DC designs, Dilip Chhabria as the invited speaker, at Chaitya Hall, Fortune Inn, Valley View.

An expectant audience of 300 people took part in the interactive session with the maker of India’s first super car, DC Avanti. Chhabria, who started out as a commerce major and then later shifted to designing, highlighted some of his breakthroughs, struggles and why it was important to follow one’s passion.

Talking about his biggest breakthrough with the Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd., back in 2003, where DC Design built a prototype, Chhabria elaborated on how big a moment it was, since it was their first international project. The Aston Martin AMV8 Vantage car was later driven by 007 in the Hollywood movie, Casino Royale.


Dilip Chhabria interacted with students and faculty in a Fireside Chat organised by The Think Tank || Photo Courtesy: Shitiz Goel


Starting his career by manufacturing a horn pad for Fiat cars back in 1993, he spoke about how the initial idea of producing exclusive car accessories developed into designing exclusive cars. Chhabria furthermore indulged himself in conversation, reminiscing his college days and early career, while mentioning about his weaknesses. “Being extremely shy, I hardly ever made conversations with people and in fact, this was the key reasons I came back from the USA,” he elucidated.

Speaking about the DYPDC Centre for Automotive Research and Studies, a collaboration of DC designs and D Y Patil group offering design courses, he elaborated on how this institution helped those who were keenly interested in car designing. He also spoke on the importance of such institutions in the country, which would help in the growth of the design industry.

Recollecting his days, Chhabria answered questions from an eager audience who probed him about his work and life. When asked whether class was important or passion, he answered, “There is no class without performance. Keep in mind the kind of standard of living you wish to have. Keep in mind whether or not you want to be successful in life. Answer these questions for yourself and discover your passion.”

The event was attended by , Vinod Bhat, Vice Chancellor of Manipal University and GK Prabhu, Director of MIT. GK Prabhu addressed the gathering at the start of the event. The Think Tank, also announced the future launch of TEDx Manipal, during the event.

Edited by Anirban Paul