Two Guys in China Built Convincing Lamborghini Diablo Replicas
Meet Wang Yu and Li Lintao, a pair of gearheads living and working in Beijing, China. Like many 30-year-olds, they’re big fans of the supercars from their youth. However, unlike most 30-year-old gearheads, they went out and built a pair of supercars, and they couldn’t have picked a better starting point – the Lamborghini Diablo. PHOTOS:
The project began after Wang and Li returned home from studying mechanical engineering abroad in the UK and Germany. Bitten by the kit-car bug, the pair set to work on building and designing a Diablo replica, aptly nicknamed ‘The Dream.’
The duo painstakingly began sourcing and purchasing parts on Taobao Marketplace, the Chinese equivalent of eBay. After more than a year and $159,000 invested, ‘The Dream’ finally came to fruition and the friends displayed their Lamborghini at the 2012 Beijing International Auto Show.
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Powered by a Toyota V8, the Diablo replica reportedly scooted from zero to 60mph in around 4.8 seconds and went on to a top speed of 192mph. That was apparently enough for one visitor at the auto show; Wang and Li sold ‘The Dream’ on the spot for an undisclosed amount.
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But the dream never died. Based out of a workshop on the outskirts of Beijing, the pair have returned and they’ve built two new Diablo replicas. Dressed in black and adorned with bright ‘SV’ lettering, the new Lamborghinis reportedly peg the same 192mph top speed as their predecessor.
According to Emirates 24/7, Wang and Li have spent a total of 5 million yuan (around $812,000) on the replica Lamborghinis so far, which frankly is a lot of money for something that didn’t officially roll off Lamborghini’s production line in Sant’Agata Bolognese, Italy.
But considering China’s immense import tariffs, which can double or triple a car’s value, a trio of Lamborghinis for $800k starts to look like a bargain. Who knows? Maybe we’ll see these two on the floor of the 2015 Beijing Auto Show.
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