Homemade Lamborghini Reventon made in ChinaMost people will never own a supercar and for many of us that’s a constant source of frustration anddisappointment. Faced with the prospect of living out his life without access to a 200mph road rocketthat consumes fuel like a passenger jet, Wang Jian of Suqian in China’s Jiangsu province took mattersinto his own hands. The result is this – his homemade Lamborghini Reventon.Why build your own Lamborghini?According to 28-year-old Wang Jian, he has been a fan of cars since he was very young and trained asa 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.’Which real Lamborghini is this car supposed to be?If you’re going to build your own car, you might as well base it on something special. Wang Jian didexactly that. ‘I searched online and found this car is very cool, and more importantly there are only 21Reventon cars worldwide.’ He bought a tiny scale model of the special edition Lamborghini Reventonand began work on his masterpiece.What is the homemade Lamborghini based on?
Wang started out with a second-hand Volkswagen, rewelded the chassis and moved the engine from thefront to the rear.How does it compare to a real Lamborghini Reventon?
A real Lamborghini Reventon costs over 1million from new and, with the help of its 6.5-litre V12engine, can top 220mph. Wang estimates that his car only cost around 7,500 to build and we’d guess itprobably isn’t quite that quick.How close is it to a real Lamborghini Reventon?
Wang’s creation definitely has the rough shape of a Lamborghini and he’s even engineered a pair of theall-important Lamborghini scissor doors. It could definitely do with a lick of paint though and otherbits of cosmetic fettling here and there.Any other room for improvement?
Some headlights wouldn’t go amiss either. At least he’s gone for a more sensible ride height than on areal ground-hugging Lamborghini. China’s bumpier roads won’t be a problem for this hand-builthomage and Wang’s heart won’t be in his mouth every time he encounters a speed hump, wondering ifhis carbonfibre front splitter is about to get clouted.Can we see a shot of the real thing?
This is the effect that he was going for – the real Lamborghini Reventon. The car was unveiled in 2008and only 20 of them went on general sale to the public. The 21st Reventon took pride of place in theLamborghini museum and now Wang Jian has built the 22nd – sort of.What inspired the real Reventon?
Unlike Wang’s Lambo, which is based on an elderly Volkswagen, the real Reventon shares most of itsmechanical parts with the Lamborghini Murcialago LP640. Its exterior, however, was thoroughlyredesigned with inspiration being taken from military fighter jets.How is he getting on with his homemade Lamborghini?
The story of Wang’s car ends on a slightly melancholy note because it seems his dreams of roaring upto China’s hottest nightspots and turning heads in his homemade supercar will never be fulfilled. TheChinese authorities, perhaps wisely, have refused to give him a licence to drive the car on the road.
These days Wang mainly uses his supercar to transport fertiliser.