The build quality leaves a lot to be desired.
The Lamborghini Countach is one of the most iconic supercars of the 1980s, but used examples are growing increasingly hard to find. Why not build your own?
That's exactly what Thai actor and TV host Beam did, and the result looks surprisingly convincing considering what's hiding underneath all the custom bodywork. YouTube channel CB met up with Beam to find out more about this weird Frankenstein Countach creation.
Beneath the body is a front-wheel-drive Hyundai chassis that's been welded and stretched to extend the rear and fit a twin-turbo V8 engine. Specifically, Beam stuffed in a Toyota UZ 4.0-liter V8 - the engine that powered the Lexus LS 400 - and added two turbos.
No longer front-wheel-drive, the Hyundai now boasts a Subaru manual transmission that sends power to the rear, and an air suspension system with components borrowed from a Nissan Skyline GT-R R32. And before you ask, yes, this fake Lamborghini Countach has scissor doors, and the rear visibility is still woeful. Completing the look is a retro racing Marlboro livery used on F1 cars for several decades.
While the work that went into this project is commendable, and the twin-turbo Lexus V8 sounds sublime, the build quality leaves a lot to be desired. During the first drive, a small speed bump damaged the suspension.
This happens again during a cruise around the streets of Bankok, a mounting point for one of the suspension airbags breaking, but Beam is surprisingly unphased by the incident.
Maybe Beam's lack of surprise is because this isn't his first rodeo; he has other unique replica cars in his collection. We also get to see him go for a ride in a Porsche 550 Spider that's arguably even cooler than the Countach. It rides on a Volkswagen Beetle chassis and features a rear-mounted 1.6-liter flat-four. No doors are necessary - you just step into the cockpit.
Luckily, the 550's drive was more successful than the ride in the Countach, but CB Media's host Chad Bee promises to give the "Fambo" ("fake Lambo") one last chance in a future video.