Fake In China: Lamborghini Diablo Goes To Hell

Bertel Schmitt
by Bertel Schmitt
fake in china lamborghini diablo goes to hell

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 …

… Diablo Auto was born. Today at the Auto Tuning Car Show in Beijing, the industrious welder had his coming out as the CEO and owner of “the first supercar builder in China.”

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.

This is Diablo Works, Beijing.

This logo, found by Carnewschina on the bodywork just behind the door would be more actionable.

That logo, found on the hood, is an improvement, however, the bull still shines through.

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.

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  • Dimwit Dimwit on Aug 12, 2012

    I wonder about the underlying engineering. Still, it's a knockoff, perfectly acceptable if you know that it is. There is a reverse snob factor going on with people actively seeking out the fake Hermes bag or even the Rollexs and Sornys. Sometimes, it can work out well. I'd love a followup in a years time to find out how it's going.

  • Wolfy Wolfy on Aug 13, 2012

    Nice purple ;)

  • NotMyCircusNotMyMonkeys for that money, it had better be built by people listening to ABBA
  • Abrar Very easy and understanding explanation about brake paint
  • MaintenanceCosts We need cheaper batteries. This is a difficult proposition at $50k base/$60k as tested but would be pretty compelling at $40k base/$50k as tested.
  • Scott ?Wonder what Toyota will be using when they enter the market?
  • Fred The bigger issue is what happens to the other systems as demand dwindles? Will thet convert or will they just just shut down?