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3D-printed Lamborghini Aventador comes to life

By Trent Giunco, 16 Oct 2019 News

3D-printed Lamborghini rear

Father builds an Aventador for his son – and now it drives

It might just be the ultimate backyard project – and now the 3D-printed Lamborghini Aventador lives with a very aggro, if not unusual soundtrack.

In terms of dad of the year, physicist Sterling Backus has the runs on the board after his son dreamed of building one while playing Forza Horizon 3 on an Xbox.


Fast-forward the process and not only has Backus built the frame and 3D-printed the carbonfibre-wrapped panels, but it’s now driveable. And it sounds tough.

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Yes, it’s a Lamborghini Aventador, but not as we know it. The V12 has made way for a 5.7-litre bent-eight out of a 2003 Chevrolet Corvette.

However, if you’ve seen this project already, you’d know that it had little chance of remaining standard, with the V8 gaining twin turbos.

You can even see the rear-mounted intercooler’s placement (and bespoke suspension set-up) when the kit-car is driven down the driveway of the family’s home. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RMlx6rrdSz4

The howling V12 soundtrack makes way for grumbling booted LS1 overtones. It’s loud, very loud. And it sounds tough, too – if the power figures match the aural menace, then it should be very potent.

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Interestingly, the reason for the carbon wrap on the panels is because the 3D-printed plastic melts in the sun if it isn’t protected. That even goes for the scissor doors found on the real Aventador.

Considering the learnings for this project came from trial and error as well as watching YouTube videos, it’s pretty impressive. It’s even on the way to being made roadworthy.

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The desire for the end product, apart from enjoying it within the Backus household, is for it to be an educational tool for students.

If you want to follow the build, head to Backus’ YouTube channel. What do you think? Are you tempted to create your own 3D-printed supercar?