And it started life as a Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder.
Automotive transformations don't get much more dramatic than this: what was once a humble third-generation Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder has morphed into a Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder replica that demands instant respect. The project has taken its creators from Wheelers Builders well over a year to complete and the final product has just been revealed.
At first glance - and even after a second - you'd struggle to tell that this isn't the real deal, such is the quality of the replica's construction. The panel gaps are all tight and perfectly aligned, the proportions generally well measured, and the paintwork shiny and blemish-free.
A series of YouTube videos chronicling the replica's build is a fascinating watch, but we'll cover some of the main points here. The project began with CAD drawings of different cars atop the Gallardo's body to figure out what a suitable donor would be. The Eclipse was chosen and its unibody was cut up to fit a new, fiberglass-made Gallardo body. Beneath the stunning bodywork is a 3.0-liter V6 sending power to the front wheels - a setup that has little in common with the average Lambo.
The two-tone interior is more of a giveaway to the replica's origins than the outside since it has four seats, but the attention to detail in there is a sight to behold. They fitted quilted leather to the seats and door panels and used switchgear and a center console that do a fine impression of the actual thing. Around 15,000 Russian Rubles (or about $250) was spent on the dashboard's molding alone.
As far as possible, the builders went with original parts, right down to the turn signals for around $64. On the other end of the cost spectrum, the donor car itself was the biggest expense at just over $4,000. They even built a fully-functioning electric roof - its noisy operation is one of the few clues that this supercar isn't an Italian original.
Everything included, the incredible replica was completed at a total cost of around $16,000. Next on their list? A replica of a Lamborghini Aventador SVJ, and based on this, it's likely to be just as spectacular as the best Mitsubishi we've ever seen.