If you needed a reason to buy a 3D printer, here’s another one. A family in Colorado is 3D printing their own Lamborghini Aventador. The Backus father and son duo from Eirie, Colorado, is looking to be the first in the country to build a Lamborghini using the technology.
Inspiration for the build came from a video game that the father and son played. As they were driving an Aventador in the game one day, 11-year-old Xander recalls, “One day I said to him, hey can we build one of those?” Xander’s dad, Sterling, took the request as a challenge. Sterling has a background in lasers, but that hasn’t helped much with this build. “What’s really helped,” Sterling says, “Is that when I was a kid, I was a gear head.”
Without much background in 3D printing, or in Lamborghinis, the Backus family turned to YouTube to pick up the skills they needed. When it came to design, Sterling used a scale model of an Aventador and started printing. Each of the pieces “were individually printed and then glued together,” explains Sterling. The whole family then jumped in to help wrap the plastic panels in carbon fibre before pouring resin over it.
For the past 20 months, the family has been working on the car, and plan to have it finished sometime in the spring.
Of course, a Lamborghini is more than just a body on a frame. You also need an engine. For their Aventador, the Backuses picked up a Corvette V8, which they’ve supplemented with other parts, including parts from a Porsche. Sterling estimates that the car could clock 200 miles per hour.
The car will only cost somewhere around USD$20,000—a far cry from the Aventador SVJ’s price of USD$600,000. What started out as a challenge has turned into something more, though. The Backus’ hope to use the 3D printed Lamborghini to help inspire kids to get into science, math, and engineering.