It's 3D-printed body modified GT-R engine are banned from Formula Drift.
Every day it seems like more car manufacturers are using 3D-printed components to reduce costs and production times. Bugatti, for example, is developing lightweight 3D-printed titanium components for the Bolide and Porsche is developing a 3D-printed electric drive housing for future electric cars.
Aftermarket tuners have also been developing body kits constructed entirely from 3D printed parts - you can already buy one for the Ferrari F8 Tributo. Now, Formula Drift Champion Chris Forsberg is building a unique drift car with a body kit made entirely out of 3D printed parts.
Nicknamed the Altimaniac, the project started life as a Nissan Altima. In its range-topping Platinum guise, the Altima packs a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four engine producing 236 horsepower and 267 lb-ft of torque. To turn it into a tire-shredding drift car, a twin-turbo V6 from a Nissan GT-R was installed with an increased displacement of 4.1 liters, up from 3.8-liters.
Thanks to a host of billet aluminum upgrades and modified turbochargers, the twin-turbo V6 now produces between 1,300 - 2,000 horsepower to torture the rear wheels. If this didn't already make the Altimaniac stand out, Forsberg enlisted Tekk Consulting to create a 3D-printed body kit for the extreme drift car.
A new video released by Forsberg documents the meticulous building process. First, Tekk Consulting 3D scanned the car's components including the body and the modified engine. Using these scans, Tekk Consulting created a tube chassis and sent the CAD package to fabricator Rob Parson, who cut the necessary pieces and shipped them to Forsberg, who then applied them to the car.
Coupled with a motorsport-inspired racing livery, the 3D-printed front and rear fender extensions make the Altimaniac look like a DTM racer. There is a catch, however: the Altimaniac is so extreme that it's illegal to use in Formula Drift.