With a 0-60 mph time of 2.5 seconds, this 3D printed supercar can sprint faster than a McLaren P1.
Jay Leno’s Garage has featured all sorts of weird and wonderful machines, but this is one of the most unusual yet. Meet the Divergent Blade, the world’s “first 3D printed supercar.” First introduced at the 2015 Pebble Beach Concours, the Blade is powered by a 2.4-liter, 720-horsepower engine from a Mitsubishi Evo. It was built using a revolutionary construction process designed to reduce the cost of car manufacturing. Divergent 3D isn’t looking to become an automaker, but wants to outsource the technology to manufacturers.
Leno was joined by Divergent 3D’s CEO and founder Kevin Czinger, who explained how the two-seater supercar was constructed using 3D-printed aluminium nodes which are then assembled like Lego bricks in conjunction with titanium and carbon fiber components. Compared to traditional car manufacturing, the chassis can be built in a matter of minutes.
As a result, the Blade is extremely light, tipping the scales at just 629 kg making it around 90 percent lighter than a traditional supercar. 0-60 mph takes 2.5 seconds which means it can sprint faster than a McLaren P1, so Leno was understandably enthusiastic to take the Blade for a spin through the streets of LA since it’s road-legal. Czinger also demonstrated how the technology can be applied to motorcycles. An upgraded Kawasaki H2 benefited from a weight reduction of around 20 percent compared to the factory model using the Divergent 3D construction. Remarkably, the frame comprises of only five parts compared to nearly 100 on the standard bike.