It pays to be smart.
Although the Lamborghini Aventador is at the end of its product lifecycle, the V12-powered supercar still has plenty of fans. One of them is physicist Sterling Backus who used his brilliant mind to 3D-print his very own model. With his son’s assistance and $20,000 invested so far, the "AXAS Interceptor” is making amazing progress. The proof is in the pictures featured here, courtesy of Backus’s Facebook page. The idea for the project got started when Backus and his son were playing Forza Horizon 3. Would it be possible to build a supercar at home? Yes, but there are some vital components that can’t be 3D-printed (yet).
They include the chassis, transaxle (sourced from a 996 Porsche 911), engine, and various other vital structural items. The car’s entire body was 3D printed with 220 spools of thermoplastics. The interior was also 3D printed and many of those parts are made of Kevlar and carbon fiber.
As for the engine, well, Backus opted not to 3D print that vital piece (probably for the best) and decided to go with a 5.7-liter LS1 V8 from a C5 Chevrolet Corvette instead of the naturally aspirated 6.5-liter V12 from Lamborghini. To better replicate that V12’s output, however, the LS1 is being fitted with a couple of turbochargers. Equally impressive is the chassis, which Backus built from scratch, though some of the components were sourced from Lamborghini.
There are some additional OEM parts including the side mirror glass, door windows, rearview mirror, and wiper arms. The steering wheel is from an Audi. Speaking to Australian outlet Which Car, Backus stated that "We have a long way to go to finishing the car. We have had our ups, and downs, but the journey has been a ton of fun!” Respect. Mad respect.