Most people will never own a supercar and for many of us that’s a constant source of frustration and disappointment. Faced with the prospect of living out his life without access to a 200mph road rocket that consumes fuel like a passenger jet, Wang Jian of Suqian in China’s Jiangsu province took matters into his own hands. The result is this – his homemade Lamborghini Reventon.
According to 28-year-old Wang Jian, he has been a fan of cars since he was very young and trained as a car mechanic from the age of 16. After working in a garage for 10 years he opened his own business. It was then that the grand idea dawned. ‘I often felt I missed something as I wanted to build a unique car of my own.’
If you’re going to build your own car, you might as well base it on something special. Wang Jian did exactly that. ‘I searched online and found this car is very cool, and more importantly there are only 21 Reventon cars worldwide.’ He bought a tiny scale model of the special edition Lamborghini Reventon and began work on his masterpiece.
A real Lamborghini Reventon costs over 1million from new and, with the help of its 6.5-litre V12 engine, can top 220mph. Wang estimates that his car only cost around 7,500 to build and we’d guess it probably isn’t quite that quick.
Some headlights wouldn’t go amiss either. At least he’s gone for a more sensible ride height than on a real ground-hugging Lamborghini. China’s bumpier roads won’t be a problem for this hand-built homage and Wang’s heart won’t be in his mouth every time he encounters a speed hump, wondering if his carbonfibre front splitter is about to get clouted.
The story of Wang’s car ends on a slightly melancholy note because it seems his dreams of roaring up to China’s hottest nightspots and turning heads in his homemade supercar will never be fulfilled. The Chinese authorities, perhaps wisely, have refused to give him a licence to drive the car on the road.
Unlike Wang’s Lambo, which is based on an elderly Volkswagen, the real Reventon shares most of its mechanical parts with the Lamborghini Murcialago LP640. Its exterior, however, was thoroughly redesigned with inspiration being taken from military fighter jets. (Resource)