Iranian company makes a Lamborghini Murcielago replica with Hyundai V6
Not sure how to start this piece but lets go... A mysterious company, whose name isn't quoted anywhere, has unveiled its own version of the Lamborghini Murcielago – a car that went out of production nearly a decade ago..
But it's not just any Murcielago, it's a completely new version with a design identical to the old one. Confused? Well, it's been reverse-engineered by a team of Iranian engineers over a period of four years as an exact copy of the original – from the outside at least.
The team is said to have started by obtaining a CAD (computer-aided-design) file and working from that to build the car, with the engineering lead on the project, Masoud Mohadi, assuring that the car's body is an exact copy.
He said: "All parts of the body, inside the car, and the precise mechanics of the car, are manufactured and mounted based on the original Murcielago platform. Its chassis is also one and one with the original chassis."
However, the mechanicals underneath aren't quite as good, as Mohadi admitted in an interview with stnews.ir that the suspension and handling aren't really up to the standards of the original, but said that the car is 'ideal for safety' – despite saying the company 'didn't spend any time testing or checking the car'.
Furthermore the Raging Bull's V12 has been replaced with a 3.8-litre Hyundai V6 power is unknown and no tests have been done by the company but they "think" the car should be capable of 176mph. Mohadi mentions a potential series production of between 50 to a 100 units a year.
We've contacted Lamborghini for comment and will update the article when we hear back.
I'm baffled and impressed
I'm somewhat baffled by the potentially naive actions of the Iranian company, and I'm also wondering why they choose to copy a Lamborghini instead of using their skills to create a bespoke design of their own.
However, I'm impressed a little, not knowing their budget, resource and facilities but figuring out they weren't exactly huge, it's hard not to be at least a little impressed by the level of detail they managed to achieve working just from a CAD file.