The Backus family from Colorado assembled a replica of the Lamborghini Aventador from parts printed using a 3D printer. After that, the Italian company allowed the family to drive a real supercar for two weeks.
The Backus family, a 12-year-old son Xander and a 54-year-old father, Sterling, came up with the idea to print a Lamborghini using a printer back in February 2018 while they were playing a racing simulation video game. The father was a longtime fan of these vehicles. He works in a scientific laboratory and possesses the skills that enabled him to implement this technically complex project.
Just before the holidays, Sterling Backus – Xander’s dad – said he got a surprise phone call.
“I found out (about the surprise) when I had a call with Lamborghini’s chief marketing officer,” Sterling Backus said. “I was extremely nervous since I have been a fan of Lamborghini’s since I was a kid.”
Backus said the company wanted to create a video with them and would provide them a car to drive.
“After the phone call, I had to pinch myself,” Sterling Backus said.
Katia Bassi, Chief Marketing and Communication Officer of Automobili Lamborghini, said in a statement that the family’s passion for the vehicle earned them a featured spot in a video.
“Automobili Lamborghini is against any attempt at counterfeiting,” Bassi wrote. “However, a true story of such authentic passion deserves to be featured, which is why we chose to showcase Sterling and Xander’s project in our 2019 Christmas video.”
The Americans spent $23,000 to create a car using a 3D printer.