Remember the DIY Lamborghini? In a garage somewhere in the less picturesque parts of Beijing, a man built a Lamborghini Diablo replica, fiberglass on hand-welded frame. No industrious Chinese will allow something like that to be forgotten as a one-off lunatic hobby project. Half a year later …
Got that? In case you did not, Diablo thinks it’s so nice and says it twice: “The First Supercar Builder.” “The First Supercar Builder in China.” While on the topic of twins: The engine is a Toyota v8 1uz twin-turbo engine, tuned up to some 450 horsepower.
The owner is Li Lin “Joe” Tao. According to Carnewschina, Joe built his first Diablo because he couldn’t afford the real thing. He had some demand, and built some more. According to Carnewschina, “the Lamborghini Diablo was never exported to China,” a fact that could come in handy just in case Lamborghini/Volkswagen will take Joe to court. Did you register the Diablo as a design patent in China, Lamborghini? Nein? Pound sand then.
More pictures at Carnewschina.com. If anyone needs Carnewschina owner Tycho as a witness, I have his number. For a fee. This is industrious China, after all.