Hiding behind the garage door of a non-descript house outside of Denver, Colorado is a secret. A 3D-printed Lamborghini Aventador. It’s a full-sized, soon to be street-legal, labor of love from a father to his son. At Xtreme Xperience, we love a good car story, and this one is right up there with the best of them. Read on to see how this 3D-printed Lamborghini came to be.
P.S. – we’re writing this because we have the absolute pleasure of hosting Sterling and the 3D-printed Lamborghini at our Pikes Peak Internationa Raceway event where anyone will be able to come see the car AND SIT IN IT!!
The story goes that Sterling and his son Xander were playing Forza together (#FatherSonGoals). Xander’s car of choice to play was the Lamborghini Aventador. By day, Sterling is a laser physicist, so when Xander asked one day if they could build their own Lamborghini, the answer was sure. That was almost 2 years ago.
Since then, every weekend, evening, and spare moment has been spent by the pair (though mostly dad) in the garage crafting the most ambitious build we’ve ever seen. The entire car has been 3D-printed out of plastic and is currently being wrapped in carbon fiber (see inspiring videos here). The story caught the eye of news stations. Last summer, work was slowed as story after story was done on the family. Local and global news outlets picked up the feel-good car story of the year.
Thankfully, Xander’s favorite car was the Aventador because Lamborghini took notice. As the car came together last Christmas, the Backus family received a very special present. Lamborghini brought them an Aventador to use for three weeks.
Since then, Sterling has spent the last 6 months disassembling the Aventador. He is prepping each body panel for carbon fiber and epoxy. His work has been delayed as he switched to printing face shields for his local hospital during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. In two weeks for our Pikes Peak tour stop, he expects to have the back half of the car fully wrapped.
For those wondering if the car is as beautiful on the inside as it is on the outside, you won’t be disappointed. A Chevrolet LS1 engine is lying in wait for the finished car. How’s that for a unicorn of a supercar build?
We’ll update this article after we see the car in person in Colorado in a couple of weeks. If you’re in Colorado, come on out! Sterling has generously offered to let ANYONE come sit in the car. They can ask him questions about the build, how it’s inspiring his son, and how it has driven him to care more about STEAM learning in schools.
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