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DIY: Chinese Lamborghini "Wannabe" Replica Built for $3,000

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25-year-old Chen Jinmiao from China is a mechanic and likes Lamborghinis. In fact he likes them A LOT. But he couldn't afford one (yet), so he decided to build his own - or at least one that vaguely resembles Sant'Agata's "Raging Bull" models.

For about $3,000 (US) in parts and a year's worth of time, Chen created a very-Lego Lamborghini that has a top speed of 60 mph (or 90, depending on who you trust). No word on the power source, but somehow I'm thinking an engine slightly smaller than a V12.

Perfect? Hardly. However, he DID built it from the ground up, which deserves a pat on the back.

If anyone's going to be around Chenzhou City, China, keep an eye out for it.

By Phil Alex

Via: Gammasquad , Photo Source: Cfp



30 Comments:

Anonymous said... »May 03, 2010

the beginning of the chinese kit car industry

Anonymous said... »May 03, 2010

I bet they called it Lanborghini :)

Anonymous said... »May 03, 2010

copying is in the chinese blood.

Anonymous said... »May 03, 2010

"copying is in the chinese blood."

What?! Really? How did it get in the blood?

All humans copy. The Europeans and others copied lots of Chinese inventions. That's how it works.

This looks like a pretty good project to me.

Anonymous said... »May 04, 2010

What size mattress fits in this thing? I want one for my son's bedroom.

Anonymous said... »May 04, 2010

yea.... Copying in the Chinese blood... look at their fake Mini Cooper, fake Mazda 2, fake Toyota Hiace, fake Toyota Hilux.....

ages ago, Chinese were great inventors, they invented fireworks... but now, they suck!!

MatthewNZ said... »May 04, 2010

No sane person could possibly say that this car is a 'copy' of anything, it looks like a sporty brick.

Other than the 'scissor' doors, which have been used by the tuning industry for years, it looks pretty original to me...

Anonymous said... »May 04, 2010

It looks nothing like a Lamborghini so you can't say he's copied one, he has just used them as inspiration for his own creation. Good luck to him for making something entirely his own. I hope he lands himself a job with a good automotive or engineering company.

Anonymous said... »May 04, 2010

Hey this kid is just building his dream, his passion and love for a particular car and you guys go for his case. He deserves kudos.

And to the subject of copying:
Most of the modern world is based on the Inventions, technologies, education, knowledge, engineering feats from China and India and some from middle east. Not only fireworks as one anon above me suggests and tries to be funny. This space is not enough to explain all that.
The Industrial revolution in Europe was accepted with open arms every where else. Thats how we move forward learning from one another.

Anonymous said... »May 04, 2010

If this is his idea of what a Lambo looks like???

This dude should build himself some glasses. I dont care if he built it for 30 bucks, hell I spent 3000 on my car over the winter maybe we should feature it on here as well, if it makes you feel better i will tell you i thinks it is an exact replica of a Ferrari Daytona.

Anonymous said... »May 04, 2010

Copy? So what? A single chinese young man can build a car on his own, what have we done last year?..

Anonymous said... »May 04, 2010

Designed with a ruler, I like it...

Shame the wheels dont match

Anonymous said... »May 04, 2010

"Most of the modern world is based on the Inventions, technologies, education, knowledge, engineering feats from China and India and some from middle east. Not only fireworks as one anon above me suggests and tries to be funny. This space is not enough to explain all that.
The Industrial revolution in Europe was accepted with open arms every where else. Thats how we move forward learning from one another."

But remember kids, you can't live off past glories forever.

Kraven said... »May 04, 2010

Building a car sounds like a lot of fun to me

That one doesn't look that bad, if it was my creation I would be proud

Anonymous said... »May 04, 2010

I d hate to have a crash in this thing

Anonymous said... »May 04, 2010

Give the guy some proper tools, and equipment, I m sure he`ll come out with a life sized Lego car

long said... »May 04, 2010

Too expensive

jackson said... »May 05, 2010

At least he builds a car himself, that is more than any one can ever do on this forum.

Anonymous said... »May 05, 2010

"But remember kids, you can't live off past glories forever"

Hey don't you know whats happening, oh forgot., you live in a 200 hectare Texas farm or maybe up in Alas!ka.

Anonymous said... »May 05, 2010

Next week I'm building an Cherry QQ3 it will have a 30 hp honda lawnmower engine tuned by varth expect 32hp will go some no, tell me what you think.

Anonymous said... »May 05, 2010

better than any of these posers http://www.jimmy540i.com/bmwnightmare.htm

Anonymous said... »May 05, 2010

Can't believe some of the comments here. Look closely at that thing. Anyone who hase attempted to build a car knows how much patience and hard work it takes. And it looks like everything in that car was fabricated. I just wonder if it is street legal there in China? Perhaps it is if it it has a small enough displacement. As someone mentioned above, hope he lands a job in auto design. Make fun of him all you want but this is the sort of thing (project) that lands a good job.

Anonymous said... »May 06, 2010

I think this is cool that he built a car maybe not to everyones liking. But I don't understand some of the critism especially if you havent done this type of project. I assume that every one who comes to this site is a car nut.I don't think some of you people realise how hard fabricating can be at times. It's not just welding metal together and there it is. A project like is has to withstand the weight and other factors like if the frame isn't strong enough the torque from the engine will twist the frame. Don't talk crap If you don't understand engineering and fabrication.

Anonymous said... »May 08, 2010

For all the people who sit behind the computer and criticize him for "copying", why don't you do hat he has done! Im sure he has a fraction of the resources you have available, so if you can't do what he has done, please shut the hell up and appreciate his accomplishment.

Anonymous said... »May 11, 2010

Ah... the entrepreneur spirit to discover, got inspired and build a car the man dreams of... At least, he put his soul into making it... Perhaps this kit-car can serve as his 'mobile resume' in pursuing his dreams in the auto-business...

Feanky Piezon said... »May 27, 2010

I think u guys(maybe girls from the way u complain)should shut the hell up and cut the kid some fcking slack. Id like to see "replica of a Ferrari Daytona" build something like that! u guys talk so much sht and complain like a girl on her period. I bet u guys wouldn't even know how to build something like that even with the blue prints and the proper tools in front of u! u guys are stupid as hell!

Anonymous said... »June 08, 2010

This kid should get all the credit in the world. Kids his age here pass out drunk on peoples lawns in pink tutu's with duct tape all over them, this guy actually built a car! It's his passion, and nobody should stop him from it if he's that commited. People that buy Fieros, or other cars and add parts from pep-boys are nowhere near what this guys done. Kudos on the car buddy.

Anonymous said... »June 18, 2010

Awesome. Lambo needs to give this guy an internship and pony up for some wheels! Maybe even a powertrain for another project. You rock Chen.

Anonymous said... »June 21, 2010

Nice job! This is not copying, this is creativity!
He's got his own unique car now, do you have one?

Deluxprint said... »December 13, 2011

Italian sportbox car..:D

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