The weird and wonderful cars British entrepreneurs drive

Wonderful cars
bmw-i8Business owner: Rajiv Nathwani

Company: Quivira Capital – a bridging and financing firm with a loan book of up to £30m founded in 2011 when Nathani was 22.

Car: BMW i8

Rajiv Nathwani has always associated wonderful cars with freedom, and each have been closely linked to his entrepreneurial ventures. So eager was he at 17 to buy a motor that he set up an online business selling used phones. His BMW i8, a revolutionary hybrid car, is described as an “incredible technological feat” by Nathwani.

“As an entrepreneur I am required to make decisions quickly, take risks, and be confident in my chosen path. In both driving the i8 and in business life there’s a real art to keeping your eye on the destination whilst avoiding obstacles and pitfalls along the way.

“I wanted a car that would tick all my boxes. It had to be sporty, it had to be dynamic, it had to be fast and most importantly it had to curb my craving for a few months as I had my upcoming wedding to pay for! I went for a test drive and was blown away by the experience – I bought one on the spot. This has to be my favourite car from my collection so far.”

As a “true petrol head”, cars are Nathwani’s biggest luxury – he’s had 15 in the last decade. As an entrepreneur who set up his company in 22, he’s often found it a challenge to get potential business owners take him serious. However, turning up to meetings in an i8 helps him convey confidence, and demonstrates his capability for successful money management.

There’s one last page featuring a vintage number that was bought with a house.

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