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Physicist dad 3D-prints a life-size Lamborghini for his son

3D-printed Lamborghini

A PhD physicist has 3D-printed a Lamborghini Aventador replica as a gift for his son. Sterling Backus had the idea for the project around 18 months ago, during a Forza Horizon 3 gaming session.

Backus told Motor magazine that “he did not need to twist my arm too much” when his son said “loved the Aventador” and asked “if it was possible to build one”.

3D-printed Lamborghini

The car was originally going to be made out of steel on a buck, but 3D printing technology offered a more high-tech solution.

It’s not like Backus has an industrial-sized 3D printer in his garage, though. Rather, he uses a selection of regular Amazon-bought items. To create car-sized panels, he designs small sections, prints them and then glues them together.

For a cohesive ‘single panel’ look, he covers the parts in pre-preg carbon fibre material and vacuum-wraps them. The latter process he learned from YouTube and conducts using tools he bought from a local store.

Bodywork is no good if you’ve nothing to hang it from, though. For a chassis, Backus has a tubular steel frame, complete with Aventador-style inboard coilover suspension.

It’s no carbon tub, but there are concessions to Lamborghini authenticity all the same. Indeed, the rear end is almost indistinguishable.

3D-printed Lamborghini

The lights and rear diffuser seen here are 3D-printed, not original parts. Some actual Lambo bits have been used, though, including windows and the rear-view mirror. Parts from Audi have also been adapted, including the steering wheel and switches in the cabin.

Speaking of the cabin… While the exterior is surprisingly authentic, the cabin is in no danger of being confused for an Aventador. There’s a very basic design, with air pods similar to those you might find in a Pagani.

We suspect the budget bucket seats are comfier than those in an actual Aventador.

3D-printed Lamborghini

Powering the garage-built Aventador is a twin-turbocharged Corvette V8 putting power to the wheels via a Porsche transmission. Hardly a high-revving 6.5-litre V12, but it’ll deliver the poke. Perhaps even more than an actual Aventador.

You must be wondering exactly how much this build is costing. Is it worth it, instead of just buying an actual Lamborghini? Well, the kicker is that the project is expected to cost $20,000, or £16,000.

That’s a fair whack less than the £270,000+ that a real Aventador would set you back. Not to mention the fact that this one replicates the £500,000+ SV version.

Lamborghini sets new sales records in 2019

Urus SUV helps DOUBLE Lamborghini sales in a year

Lamborghini sets new sales records in 2019Lamborghini has set an all-time sales record for the first half of 2019, delivering 4,553 cars. 

Covering the period from January 1 to June 30 2019, the company has seen a staggering 96 percent increase versus to the same period in 2018. 

The number of cars supplied so far this year has already surpassed all deliveries made in 2017, and is already closing in on the 5,750 units sold in the whole of 2018. 

SUVs are the future

Lamborghini sets new sales records in 2019Unsurprisingly, the Urus super-SUV has accounted for a substantial proportion of those increased sales. So far during 2019, some 2,693 examples of the controversial off-roader have been delivered to customers. 

It shows that while the idea of a Lamborghini SUV may upset brand purists, it will undoubtedly aid the long-term financial future of the company. The Cayenne and Macan models at Porsche are testimony to the appetite for hot SUVs. 

The Huracan has seen deliveries totalling 1,211 in 2019, which included early versions of the new Evo. Classic V12 power in the form of the Aventador also accounted for 649 new customers.

Supercars are still selling

Lamborghini sets new sales records in 2019Continuing an established trend, the USA remained the largest single market for Lamborghini sales. Despite concerns about the overall car market, China was the second largest customer, with the United Kingdom in third.

Stefano Domenicali, Lamborghini Chairman and CEO, commented: “Lamborghini continues to be in consistently good shape. Delivering another new all-time high, for the fifth consecutive half-year, confirms the sustainability of our brand, product and commercial strategy. 

Our highly acclaimed super SUV Urus in its first full year of production brings further growth in new dimensions, and our super sports cars also delivered excellent results.”

Paint it any shade you like

Lamborghini sets new sales records in 2019The Urus SUV is so key to the future of Lamborghini that the company has built an all-new paint shop at the Sant’Agata factory for it. 

As part of the ‘Ad Personam’ offering, buyers can create their own unique shade of paint for their Lamborghini, along with custom graphics. 

Lamborghini has invested heavily in new technology, with the paint shop employing artificial intelligence to speed up processes and increase efficiency. And the company has increased its workforce by more than 10 percent since 2017 to cope with the heightened demand. 

Current trends suggest the new employees will be kept very busy in the near future.

Jean Todt’s restored Lamborghini Miura SV is a Retromobile star

Jean Todt Lamborghini Miura SV

Jean Todt has taken delivery of his Lamborghini Miura SV at Retromobile, following a 13-month in-house restoration.

The handover ceremony took place on the Lamborghini Polo Storico stand in the presence of Stefano Domenicali, chairman and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini. The Miura is sharing the stand with a 1966 Lamborghini 400 GT, which is owned by a Canadian collector and undergoing a total restoration at Polo Storico.

This is Lamborghini’s in-house department dedicated to managing the company’s heritage, including the restoration and certification of all Lamborghinis built up to 2001. Polo Storico also reconstructs spare parts for classic Lamborghinis – 200 new code numbers were produced in 2018 alone.

Jean Todt at Retromobile 2019

Jean Todt’s Miura SV was ‘born’ on 11 November 1972 and took the chassis number of a 1968 Miura S that had been destroyed in an accident. It was delivered new to a customer in South Africa, who requested the rather evocative red over gold paintwork. 

The restoration took 13 months to complete, with Polo Storico dismantling the car to verify every tiny detail. In common with previous restoration projects, the team adopted a ‘repair and restore’ policy where possible – replacement parts are the last resort.

To many people, the 380hp SV is the ultimate Miura – the best of the breed. None other than Ferruccio Lamborghini held this opinion, saying the SV was the “definitive and absolute version of the Miura”.

Lamborghini Miura SV at Retromobile 2019

The SV – or Sprint Veloce – was the final incarnation before the Miura moved aside to make way for the Countach. The power upgrade was paired with improved suspension, wider rear arches and new rear lights.

Note, too, the absence of the ‘eyelashes’ – one of the Miura’s most iconic features. Just 150 SVs were built – each one available via special order from the factory.

Lamborghini launched the Polo Storico division in 2015, with Miura chassis #4846 the first car to receive the five-star restoration treatment. Last year, Lamborghini completed the restoration of the ‘astonishing’ Miura SVR.

Lamborghini Miura SV dashboard

Retromobile 2019 opened its doors today and we’re driving to Paris in a Honda NSX to spend a few hours gawping at the finest exhibits. Needless to say, we’ll be making a beeline for Jean Todt’s Miura SV.

Lamborghini Urus ST-X

Lamborghini is sending the Urus SUV racing in 2020

Lamborghini Urus ST-X

Meet the Lamborghini Urus ST-X – the one-make rallycross-esque racer that’ll hit tracks in its own series in 2020. We presume ST stands for Super Trofeo and the X refers to the Urus’s off-road all-wheel-drive capability.

The new racing series was announced, along with the reveal of the ST-X Concept, at the Lamborghini World Final in Vallelunga. The cars will compete throughout Europe, the Middle East and beyond on FIA-approved circuits.

Yes, those circuits will involve both on and off-road elements to test all ends of the Urus’s very broad envelope of talents. The series will offer an ‘arrive and drive’ formula, giving driving customers the complete car and support package. 

Lamborghini Urus ST-X

How do you turn a full-size ‘Super SUV’ into a race and rally-prepped racer? You start by lopping out some weight – in this case, 25 percent of it. That’s a hefty 550 kilograms, or the mass of an Ariel Atom V8? How? A lot of that luxurious cabin will have been ripped out, along with sound deadening and much more, we imagine.

FIA-approved race bits include a roll cage, a fire suppression system and homologation-spec fuel tank. There are bigger air intakes, a subtly different rear spoiler and a vented bonnet to better feed and cool that 4-litre twin-turbo V8. New centre-lock alloy wheels, Pirelli P Zero Corsa tyres and a very Super Trofeo-style livery complete the Urus to racer transformation.

Lamborghini Urus ST-X

There’s no calendar for the series yet but the race-ready version of the ST-X should make its dynamic debut during next year’s Lamborghini World Final.

Much as the Urus has divided opinion, we quite like the idea of a grid full of these door-to-door racing on all surfaces. We wonder whether it’ll spawn a Performante version of the road car, too…

Lamborghini Urus ST-X

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Lamborghini Espada Anniversary

Lamborghini celebrates 50 years of its four-seat supercar

Lamborghini Espada Anniversary

One of Lamborghini’s most legendary models has turned 50 this year. But it’s not one of the flagship supercars (the Miura celebrated its 50th a couple of years back). Rather, it’s the ultimate Lamborghini V12 grand tourer – the Espada.

How do you celebrate a 50th birthday? You take one of the most desirable and decadent GT cars on a grand tour, of course. And that’s exactly what Lamborghini did: driving the museum’s 1976 Espada Series III from Sant’Agata to London.

The first port of call was the prestigious RAC Club in Pall Mall, where the car was displayed on the Rotunda for guests and members at the 50th anniversary meal.

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As the rock star’s ride of choice in the 1960s, it then seemed fitting for the Espada to visit Abbey Road Studios. There, the Beatles recorded Hey Jude the year the Espada debuted. Naturally, the famous road crossing outside the studio made for a superb photo opportunity; the Espada may be 50, but age and guile don’t exempt it from tourist clichés.

In period, the Espada was one of Lamborghini’s best-sellers. From its debut in 1968 until the end of production in 1978, a total of 1,217 were made.

That’s no great shakes by today’s standards; the Gallardo sold more than 10 times that in its 11-year life. For 1970s Lamborghini, though, the Espada was an important car. Today’s it remains one of the most important Lamborghinis ever made.

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Lamborghini Gallardo

Is the Lamborghini Gallardo the supercar YOU want to experience most?

Lamborghini Gallardo

The UK’s favourite supercars have been revealed, based on what paying punters choose to drive at track-day experiences. The data comes from Trackdays.co.uk.

So, without further ado, the UK’s dream supercar is… the Lamborghini Gallardo. Nearly 20 percent of all bookings were for the baby bull. The Gallardo launched Lamborghini into something resembling the mainstream. And while 14,000 sales isn’t huge by conventional standards, it was a revolution for Lamborghini.

The Gallardo is one of the website’s cheaper cars to book, at £39 a go. Following behind is the closely-related Audi R8, with 12.4 percent of experience goers opting for it.

The Aston Martin V8 Vantage, Nissan GT-R and Ferrari F430 all take joint-third, with nine percent each. The Ferrari is one of the most expensive cars to drive, at £49 a go.

Lamborghini Gallardo

The older Ferrari 360 follows in sixth on 8.4 percent, despite costing £10 less than the F430. Joint-seventh are the Ariel Atom and Aston Martin DB9, each accounting for 7.2 percent of experience goers’ affections.

Down in ninth and 10th are the BMW i8 and Porsche 911, scoring 2.6 and 1.9 percent respectively. Interestingly, the i8 is the joint-most expensive car, at £49. 

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Jeremy Clarkson COTY

Jeremy Clarkson has named his car of the year

Jeremy Clarkson COTY

The inaugural News UK Motor Awards are in and even Jeremy Clarkson is in on the fun – he’s picked his car of the year.

The awards cover a wide range of cars, with journalists from The Times, The Sunday Times, The Sun and talkSPORT getting involved in the selection process. Yes, being a Times contributor, that means Clarkson is in on it too. Predictably, he gets his own category. We suppose Clarkson over-ruling everyone else and picking the Ford GT as the family car of the year might have caused a few issues.

So, while the likes of Family Car of the Year and Commuter Car of the Year were awarded to the Volvo V60 and Volkswagen Golf GTE respectively, Clarkson’s car of the year goes at a somewhat different – and heightened – pace. His car of the year is… the Lamborghini Huracan Performante.

Jeremy Clarkson COTY

He might be a year late on this one, but we can forgive him, given how exceptional Lambo’s baby track weapon is. That V10 is unrivalled for drama in the supercar segment and it has driving experience to match. Knowing Clarkson, though, we’re surprised he didn’t deprive it of honours for those spinally challenging seats…

Anyway, other notable winners are Jaguar I-Pace, Aston Martin DBS, Aston Martin Vantage and Honda Civic Type R. They won green car, best-designed car, sports car and hot hatch of the year respectively. The Sun’s car of the year was the new Fiesta ST. The Sunday Times car of the year was the Jaguar I-Pace. The weirdest award? The new Land Rover Discovery with dog-friendly car of the year.

Watch our video on the Lamborghini Huracan Performante below:

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Lamborghini Diablo

Bulls on parade: V12 Lambo trio to star at Silverstone Auctions’ September sale

Lamborghini Diablo

The raging bulls march three by three. At least, they do when they’re going up for sale with Silverstone Auctions. The sale is happening at the Dallas Burston Polo Club in Warwickshire on the 29th of September and is to feature a raft of desirable machinery.

The headline, for many? These Lamborghinis. Let’s count them down

2007 Lamborghini Murcielago LP640 Versace Edition – £150,000-170,000

The Murcielago is the last of the great Bizzarrini-powered flagships and, barring the fire-spitting LP670 Super Veloce, the LP640 is the sweet spot. With 631hp from its 6.5-litre naturally aspirated V12, the Lamborghini LP640 crests the golden era of the free-breathing supercar.

This Versace edition is an especially rare piece of Murcielago pie. It’s one of 20, and one of just eight in right-hand-drive specification, per its original delivery to New Zealand. Finished in Aldebaran gloss Black and complete with its Gianni Versace 19-of-20 plaque inside, it’s offered with just 7,500 miles on the clock.

Naturally, there’s Versace-branded luggage to go with.

1996 Lamborghini Diablo Super Veloce – £130,000-£150,000

Super Veloce is the most revered name in Lambo lore, save perhaps for Jota. The Diablo was the poster supercar of the 1990s. A symbol of excess without ambition, it needed no speed records or lap times to prove its worth. The SV is one of the last of the truly unrefined non-Audi Lamborghinis.

This car is a 1996 example in Giallo yellow – freshly painted – has been in long term storage since 2007. It’s recently undergone £12,000’s worth of service work and is ready to go, with just 20,000 miles on the clock

1974 Lamborghini Espada Series 3 – £90,000-£110,000

For those of a more discerning taste comes this 1974 Lamborghini Espada Series 3 – one of the great grand touring bulls. Featuring the V12 engine from the Countach, it’s no half-strung GT. For its day, it was the ultimate supercar in a suit.

The car for sale is among the last of its kind, too, being 50th from last of the total 1,225-car production run. It’s done 26,000 miles and comes in a black cherry hue with a burgundy interior. It’s recently undergone a full transmission overhaul, top-end rebuild on the engine and a service. It’s ship shape and ready to go, Lamborghini Cologne leather-bound flasks and all.

“Lamborghini has always held a special place in car enthusiasts’ hearts and the adrenaline and excitement delivered by a Lamborghini is unmatched by any other manufacturer” said Arwel Richards, classic car specialist at Silverstone Auctions.

“Born from a tractor manufacturer and an argument with Enzo Ferrari, the raging bull has grown to become the prancing horse’s fiercest rival. The quality of cars on offer from Lamborghini is incredible and they are always an exciting addition to our auction catalogues”.

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Lamborghini Aventador SVJ

Video: hardcore Lamborghini Aventador SVJ revealed

Lamborghini Aventador SVJ

Last month, the Lamborghini Aventador SVJ claimed a new Nürburgring lap record. Today, in more sedate surroundings at Blenheim Palace, the flagship supercar made its European debut.

The SVJ is the ultimate Aventador and, potentially, the last naturally-aspirated V12 Lamborghini. Its SuperVeloce Jota name harks back to the near-mythical lightweight Miura of 1970.

Cutting kilos is one way Lamborghini achieved that 6:44.97 Nordschleife lap (2.3 seconds quicker than the Porsche 911 GT2 RS). Prolific use of carbon fibre, aluminium wheels and a shortened exhaust system contribute to a dry weight of 1,525kg – 50kg less than a ‘standard’ Aventador S.

Video: Lamborghini Aventador SVJ at Salon Privé

Naturally, there’s also more power. Lurking beneath a new, quick-release engine cover, the 6.5-litre, dry-sumped V12 develops 770hp at 8,500rpm. Peak torque is 531lb ft at 6,750rpm. Driving all four wheels through a seven-speed paddleshift ’box, it reaches 62mph in 2.8 seconds and a top speed of 217mph. Just don’t mention fuel economy of 14.4mpg.

Active ‘ALA 2.0’ aerodynamics are the third weapon in the SVJ’s arsenal. A new bi-plane front splitter, larger underbody diffusers and that Airbus-sized rear wing boost downforce by 40 percent on both axles versus the Aventador SV. The system also simulates torque vectoring by opening or closing flaps on either side of the car when cornering.

Other notable tech includes racing-style pushrod suspension with magnetorheological dampers that actively resist body-roll, keeping the car as flat as possible for maximum aero efficiency. Lamborghini’s controversial variable-ratio Dynamic Steering is fitted, too, along with rear-wheel steering for improved low-speed manoeuvrability and high-speed stability.

“From a space ship to a jet fighter”

Whether on-track or lapping Harrods, there’s no mistaking the SVJ for anything else. New nostril air intakes, bare carbon side skirts, shotgun-style tailpipes and, of course, that preposterous wing all ramp up the aesthetic aggression. Lamborghini CEO Stefano Domenicali says the design “draws on every inspiration from a space ship to a jet fighter”.

 

 

Lamborghini Aventador SVJ

At Salon Privé, the exclusive supercar show where the SVJ was revealed, the assembled journalists were also treated to a start-up and some gratuitous – and glorious – engine revving. Watch our video for the full effect, but rest assured the V12’s bark sounds every bit as brutal as its bite…

Even at “more than £360,000” the SVJ looks a safe bet for future investment. But you’d better be quick: only 900 cars will be made, and most have already found buyers. There will also be a “special edition of a special edition” SVJ 63, with more carbon and ‘63’ graphics that celebrate Lamborghini’s year of birth. All were pre-sold.

Check out our gallery to see more pictures of the Aventador SVJ – and other highlights from Salon Privé.

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Lamborghini Miura SVR

Lamborghini has restored the ‘astonishing’ Miura SVR

Lamborghini Miura SVR

When the good people of Sant’Agata Bolognese describe a car as “one of the most astonishing Lamborghinis ever built”, you’d be forgiven for dismissing it as fluff-ridden PR speak. But in the case of the Lamborghini Miura SVR, the claim is entirely justified.

We’ll allow you a few moments to collect your jaw from the floor.

Need a couple more minutes?

Even if you think a modified version of the world’s most beautiful car™ is the automotive equivalent of repainting the Sistine Chapel with a rattle can, you can’t deny this thing has real presence. Forget Matt Monro, the Miura SVR would take a tour of the Alps to the sound of Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath.

It’s a genuine one-off: a bespoke build inspired by the Miura Jota and created by the factory at the behest of German Lamborghini importer, Herbert Hahne. For 40 years, the SVR lived in Japan, but more on this in a moment.

Miura SVR rear

The Miura Jota

The Miura Jota (chassis no. 5084) was the work of legendary Lamborghini test driver, Bob Wallace. With Ferruccio Lamborghini having no interest in taking the Miura racing, it was left to Wallace to build the Jota during evenings and weekends, A skunkworks Miura, if you like.

Developed from the ground up, Wallace left no stone unturned in his pursuit of racing perfection. Much of the bodywork was made from super-lightweight Avional, the Miura’s iconic headlights were replaced with fixed units with plastic covers, while the body was cut and sliced to improve cooling.

The list goes on: the Jota sat on huge Campagnolo wheels, the interior was stripped out to the bare necessities, and the engine was modified to develop a roaring 440hp. This is very much a nutshell guide to the Jota, but it’s fair to say it had the potential to become one of the world’s most revered supercars.

Note the emphasis on the word ‘had’. Although Ferruccio allowed Wallace to complete over 20,000km of testing, the Jota was sold to InterAuto of Brescia where, in the hands of a mechanic on a mission to impress his girlfriend, the car was involved in a catastrophic accident. This resulted in a fire so severe, the chassis was warped beyond repair.

Although the Jota was dead, the accident led to a fair amount of press coverage, followed by requests from owners eager for Lamborghini to build a road-going version. It never came to fruition, sadly, although four or five so-called Miura SVJ models were made, while a close replica was built by UK owner Piet Pulford.

The Miura SVR

Lamborghini Miura SVR

Which brings us back to the Miura SVR. Chassis number 3781 left the factory in 1968 as a green Miura P400 S and changed hands several times in Italy before being sold to the German Heinz E. Steber. He enjoyed the car for several years before his thoughts turned to the flame-grilled Jota.

Steber approached Herbert Hahne with this phoenix-like plans for a Jota conversion, who in turn worked with the factory to create the SVR. This was in 1975, and the project was completed in April 1976.

Work included a widened body, Jota-style nose, Pirelli P7R tyres, BBS alloys with knock-off centres, Koni dampers, a chin spoiler, a rear wing inspired by the Countach S and extra cooling ducts and vents. The engine output was increased to around 400hp, while mechanical changes extended to Koni dampers, Girling disc brakes from the Porsche 917, a dry sump, Weber carbs with open funnels, and a straight-through exhaust system.

On completion, it remained in Germany for less than a year before being shipped to Hiromitsu Ito in Japan for a price rumoured to be around $550,000. There it stayed for 40 years, before turning up for sale at high-end Japanese car dealer Bingo Sports.

During its time in Japan, the Miura SVR developed near-mythical status, inspiring the Circuit Wolf comic book series and a 1:18 Kyosho diecast model. Several years ago, the SVR was the subject of a restoration job, at which point the interior was swathed in gold imitation leather. There’s no accounting for taste.

Restored by Polo Storico

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Fortunately, the talented folk at Lamborghini Polo Storico had the sense to restore the Miura SVR to its original specification, including the removal of the gold cabin, before unveiling the finished item at Japan’s Nakayama Circuit. The photos have the potential to break the internet.

Paolo Gabrielli, Lamborghini head of aftersales and director of the Polo Storico, said: “The full restoration took 19 months and required a different approach to the way we normally work. The original production sheet wasn’t of much help, as we relied mostly on the specifications from the 1974 modifications.

“The challenge for the Polo Storico team was even more daunting as the car arrived in Sant’Agata in pieces, although the parts were all there, and with considerable modifications.

“The only variations on the original specifications were the addition of 4-point safety belts, more supportive seats and a removable roll bar. These were expressly requested by the customer and are intended to improve safety during the car’s racetrack exhibitions.”

We’ll leave you with this footage of the Miura SVR at the Fuji International Speedway, shot before its restoration. Cold flannel, anyone?

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