A family in Erie, Colorado is shocked after Lamborghini presented them with a new Aventador S supercar. The unanticipated advent of the Aventador was to appreciate the commitment of Sterling Backus. He has spent the last two years striving to 3D print his own Lamborghini.
However, real Aventador will be with the family for a few festive days. At least it will act as a note to what Backus is striving to achieve. The tale started when Xander, Sterling’s son who is 12 years old, was playing the Forza Horizon 3 Xbox One race game. The boy found himself continuously picking the Aventador to utilize in a game.
This brought the easy question from Xander to his father. The boy wondered if they could create their own Lamborghini to utilize in actual life. Backus works as a physicist and he decided it would be a cool project to try. He also thought it would also help to promote technology and science subjects to children.
Having a $900 desktop 3D printer, Backus then began to work by designing and printing the different pieces and insets required to make a life-sized Lamborghini copy.
24 months later, the work is still in progress. Sterling has used about $20,000 on pieces and materials to make the copy. The chassis under the body panels is created from steel. Unlike the V12 motor in the actual Aventador, this one is powered by a Chevrolet V-8.
Backus has been keen to note that this is not a primary replica of the Aventador. He has adjusted every body panel lightly with his own design abilities. This is to prevent any accusations of intellectual property theft or copyright infringement.
Sterling Backus’ commitment to the work has been documented on his special Facebook page. The work is enough to help him win the endorsement from Lamborghini.
Chief Marketing and Communication Officer of Automobili Lamborghini, Katia Bassi, stated that: “Lamborghini is against any attempt at counterfeiting. However, a true story of such authentic passion deserves to be featured, which is why we chose to tell of Sterling’s and Xander’s project in our 2019 Christmas video”.