Remember That 3D-Printed Aventador Replica? Well, It Actually Runs!

The Lambo replica is powered by a twin-turbocharged, 5.7-liter Corvette V8 and its bodywork was created by just three cheap 3D printers.

Work continues on the 3D-printed Lamborghini Aventador replica we first wrote about a few months ago, with a new video showing it on the move.

Physicist and adjunct professor at the Colorado State University, Sterling Backus, got the idea of creating his very own Aventador while playing Forza Horizon 3 with his son. For months, the car has been coming to life in the family’s garage and is now operational.

The powertrain used is a 5.7-liter LS1 V8 from a 2003 Corvette that’s been fitted with a pair of turbochargers. We don’t have any power and torque figures available, and until it hits a dyno, not even Backus himself probably knows how much it is making. One thing we can say for sure is that it is loud – very loud.

The skin of the Aventador replica was created thanks to small parts printed by a $650 QIDI Xpro 3D printer and two cheaper ones. These small parts have then been glued together with a methyl methacrylate adhesive to form larger panel, which were then skinned in carbon fiber to make them stronger.

Many car enthusiasts like to tune and customize their cars in their garages, but very few actually have the skills to build a car from the ground-up like Backus. It might be a replica and not the real deal, but even so, the project is pretty unique and well worth checking out.


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