In an epic-sized project, physicist Sterling Backus has been working on a life-size, functional and mostly 3D printed Lamborghini Aventador in his backyard. It means you can also make your own Lamborghini Aventador.
Meet Sterling Backus, a physicist and professor at Colorado State University who also happens to assume himself as a car nut. More than a year ago, Backus and his son were playing Forza Horizon 3 when the idea struck: could they build a model of the Lamborghini Aventador that Backus’ son loved so much?
The Italian supercar is out of most peoples’ budget though, so they had to conceive of a more productive solution.
So they ended up printing out their own Lambo, at a total cost of around $20,000. Sterling and Xander have been working on the Lambo model for around one and a half years now, and they’re getting close to achievement.
The car is not completely 3D printed of course, though, many elements are and the design would certainly not have been probable or even remotely affordable if affordable 3D printing methods had not been available.
As for the engine of the car, it was chosen to use the mother of all swap motors in place of the Aventador’s 6.2-liter V-12; we’re talking about a 5.7-liter GM LS1 engine adopted from a 2003 Chevy Corvette and furnished with two turbochargers. To keep the engine rear-mounted and still drive the rear wheels, Backus tried a transaxle from a 996-gen Porsche 911.
He spent about $20 thousand into it, which does not seem that significant for a Lamborghini. This is thoroughly a scheme that goes above and beyond what most fans could dream of achieving.
And in case you too were motivated by Backus’ work, you can even develop your own at home. In the short term, it’s an encouraging story of perception and determination.