Father And Son Are Building Lamborghini Aventador From 3D Printers
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When you look at a supercar roll down your street, it's easy to be envious of the person sitting in the driver's seat. But then you remember that you don't have half a million dollars to spill on a car and you go along your merry way.
However, what if there was a way to build your own supercar and for a fraction of what it retails in the shop? Well, you'd have to have a few materials and some serious know-how, but one father and son duo have proved that it can happen.
It all started when Sterling Backus and his son were playing the video game Forza Horizon 3, and the physicist's son said that he absolutely loved the Lamborghini Aventador.
The car looks straight out of Bruce Wayne's garage, so it's not hard to see why someone would like it.
However Dr Backus decided that he could have an Aventador in his garage if he 3D printed it.
So he bought three printers off Amazon and started researching how to put it together.
Speaking to Motor, he said: "Originally we were going to build it out of steel on a buck, but seeing how far 3D printing had come, we decided to 3D print the car instead."
Because the printers can only do so much, Sterling prints individual panels and fixes them together.
He then wraps the panels in carbon-fibre Kevlar and vacuum seals it tight.
"I had no prior experience in 3D printing or encapsulating the parts. The encapsulation was based on skinning techniques I saw on YouTube," Backus said.
"Since this is going to be a one-off project, encapsulating the parts made sense, and it also adds some sound-deadening properties to it. I am kind of winging it."
He's designed and built the chassis himself and chucked in a LS1 V8 engine lifted from a 2003 Chevrolet Corvette as well as two turbochargers for added effect.
But he hasn't been able to do it all by cutting corners, he has had to buy some specific Lamborghini parts like the 'door windows, rear view mirror, side mirror glass, marker lights, latches and strikers for the doors, and wiper arms'.
You might be wondering how much this is all costing, but Dr Backus only has a $29,000 budget.
So, he could be getting his very own supercar for less than $30K. His project is still ongoing but it looks like it's taking shape very nicely.