When you hear the word "copycat", what is the first thing that comes to your mind? More specifically, which country?
Stereotypically saying, I would say that most of you would choose notorious China, the country that is known for their excellence in copying. Not only they could copy relatively small designs such as clothes and merchandise, but they could also replicate machinery like a whole car.
This replica does not come from notorious China
But today, we will not be talking about China. Apparently, a team of Iranian engineers attempted to replicate one of the most and iconic sports cars in the auto world, the Lamborghini Murcielago, and they have 99 percent succeeded, for reasons that will be explained later in this article.
As shared by one of the team members, their method was reverse-engineering, a technique that was very common in the IT industry where they dismantle products to explore its designs.
Thanks to reverse-engineering technique, the replica looks exactly like the original version
Iranian team unveils reverse-engineered Lamborghini Murcielago SV
With that said, the process wasn't easy at all. It took them near 1500 days of their life to make a carbon copy of the car. Originally, the Murcielago is equipped with a 6.5l, V12 engine that can produce an up to 661 hp of force, which can propel the car to 100kmh in just over 3 seconds. Its top speed recorded was more than 354 kmh, a little faster than its predecessor, the Lamborghini Diablo. The team has replicated every detail of the car, from inside and out. Even the chassis of the car is based and built on the original chassis.
"We respect the original designs and try to make it as close to the authentic as possible"
, the team leader explained.
They couldn't model the car 100 percent, but what's the matter?
But there's a catch, despite their determined attempt, they still failed to integrate the single most important part of a car, the engine. Instead of a 6.5l engine, they resorted to a 3.8l V6 engine from Hyundai. Having said that, while you might not hear that distinct exhaust sound of a Lamborghini, with their impressive copy-cat ability, bystanders and motorists might never tell the difference between this and the original.
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