Hello! My name is Maxim. For over a year my friend Igor and I have been building the replica of Lamborghini Gallardo. We haven’t advertised the project anywhere, just posted some information on Drive2.
After that a lot of people started texting us and asking us to show more of our work.
We thought it over and decided, well, why not to create a telegram channel and this website, where we will show what we do and how we do it in more detail. So here we go!
The idea to build Gallardo replica
The idea of the project itself appeared in spring 2016. My friend from Belarus was creating a copy of the Lamborghini Gallardo body.
He offered us to buy this body, and, without thinking twice, I agreed.
After that it was necessary to find the donor. By overlaying 3D models of different cars on a Lamborghini model, we were trying to select the most suitable option.
After a lot of 3D fittings, we chose the third generation Mitsubishi Eclipse.
Eclipse has several configurations, but it is also a single-platform car, like Evolution, which means that, if necessary, we can take an Evolution swap kit, put it inside of Eclipse, and it will work perfectly.
We opened the website with ads and started looking for a car. All of a sudden in Sochi there appeared a very interesting option of selling the Eclipse with just perfect configuration. It had a 3-liter V-6 engine, and, what’s more, a Spider body.
After that, I decided to fly to Sochi to get it. The car was sold by a dude from Moscow. He was on his way to the seaside when he got into an accident. He drove to Sochi and left the car there.
The car has been standing there for 2 years, no one was driving it, and, if you know what I mean, it is quite risky to take a car that has not been used for so long being left under the scorching sun and to drive it almost 3000 kilometers.
But I decided to take a chance… actually, having reached Krasnodar without any incidents, I decided to reach Rostov. Having made it to Rostov, I decided to drive up to Moscow, and when I already reached Moscow, I thought that, well, Petersburg was within a stone’s throw.
First steps of work
As soon as I reached Petersburg, I drove the car to the workshop. It was, like, September.
Oleg has not finished making the body yet, and we decided to technically “upgrade” the vehicle: we changed all sorts of gaskets, wiring, brake pipes, gas distribution mechanism, spark plugs, some wires, and well, things like this.
November came, and Oleg said that the body was ready. Igor and I took a trailer unit and went to Belarus for other parts.
Coming back to to St. Petersburg with a body, we started working. We were overlaying the 3D models of Eclipse and Lamborghini on each other.
We had an approximate idea of which part of Eclipse we needed to remove to make the Lamborghini body fit.
That is, we made everything you can see now in about an hour. Having installed the body, we saw the scope of work.
And again, I repeat, we had the idea of the amount of work just due to overlaying 3D models, but when we saw everything in real life, we were a little bit shocked, because it’s one thing to see it on the computer, but when you look at it in real life, everything turns out to be completely different.
So, now I’ll tell about each stage of work in more detail. Let’s start from the back part of the body.
In order to install the body, we had to cut the back part off, to shorten the luggage space by about 25 cm.
Igor is a welding master, so he began to weld an empty trunk. He made a unit where we put the accumulator.
Later I will tell you why we decided to install it there.
Then we needed to solve the problem of the windshield frame.
Since we decided to leave the car as a four-seater cabriolet, and Eclipse had a mechanical electrically powered roof, we needed to leave this part at this place.
So that when the roof folded in, it would get into the slots and the seal.
We needed to cut front windshield frames moving them 40 cm forward.
We are very lucky that the top of the windshield of Eclipse and Lamborghini cross almost in one place, as we can see it on the 3D model.
We welded the temporary struts in the interior of the car and across the diagonal of the glass, so that when we cut the frames, the top part would not not move down, left or right.
How did we make the frames
How did we make the frames? We welded the pipe with the diameter of forty millimeters.
Then we decided not to sheathe the front side with the fiberglass plate, and we made a cut from this plate, took it to the rolled metal workshop where we got the metal mirror plates for the 2.5 millimeter thick frames.
We installed them and welded them to the pipes. In this way these frames turned out, I think, even stronger than the Eclipse factory-made ones.
Doors consisted one of the most complicated moments of making a replica.
The problem is that it is necessary to create not just their external part, but also the internal part, and the striking plate of the opening.
We took the Eclipse door, cut off the foam from it, and installed Lamborghini fiberglass foam through the intermediate pieces of the right size.
That is, we did not affect the functionality of the door at all: we did not change the position of the lock, we did not cut off the amplifier, did not touch the window raiser in any way.
Then we installed the door handles, extended the tension rods, and adjusted the locks.
So we got the doors that opened and closed very well.
In this model of Lamborghini we couldn’t install the factory-made Lamborghini hinges, and we, actually, did not bother.
Also, having made such metal plugs, we shaped the inside part of the door and the opening.
By doing this we strengthened the opening and the door itself.
Now let’s move on to the wheels.
In order to ideally install the wings on the arches, and, actually, to install the whole body, it is necessary to pay attention to them.
In general, the 19-inch Gallardo disc has several variants of a pattern.
I liked this particular variant.
Also I began searching on the Internet and found a suitable option – the 19-inch BLQ Rotiform discs with tires. Most likely, it was also a replica.
When we installed the wheels on the car, we noticed that there was a very high ground clearance, and, because of this clearance, the gap between the wheel and the arch was not visible at all.
Well, and Lamborghini itself is quite low, so we had to solve the issue with the low driver’s position.
We decided not to bother with the adjustable frames, and immediately ordered a four-circuit pneumatic suspension.
So that the minimum position would presuppose that the height of the clearance would be 4 cm, and maximum position would presuppose that it would be almost 20 cm.
On the trunk there are native hinges left, and on the hood we had to create hinges from scratch, because the hood opens in such a way that it needs to be moved a little forward and upwards.
We created a sketch, and according to it we made our own hinges.
Inside the hood we made the amplifier of metal pipes.
When we installed the body, we carried out the first ride leaving the workshop.
We drove the car moving from, let’s say, the locksmith shop to the paint-body shop.
Time consuming work
And there began a very difficult, long-lasting and time consuming work. It was the removal of the body and its preparation for painting. Technically, this work hasn’t been finished yet.
In addition to painting works, metalworking was also continued: we were engaged in adjusting quarter lights, the truck, its opening, the striking plate, and sidelights.
Also we bought a 3D printer for the project.
With its help we printed all the grilles, all sorts of plugs, logos, buttons for the interior of the car, parts of headlamps, from which the matrices were later removed and the optics was manufactured instead.
I will not tell about the optics right now, we will make a separate video about it.
First months results
A few months of spackling and polishing, careful painting of every element, of all the spaces, several intermediate primer coatings brought us these results.
Yes, there is still a lot of work left, but the general picture is already visible, and we are really happy with the results.
We are actively working on creating the car interior.
Ok. We have already remade the car seats and brought them to the atelier for re-upholstery.
We will go the atelier the other day, bring a car dashboard, all the plastic elements there, and also make a video about it.
Also, in order to make the vehicle look more like a sports car, we have prepared this spoiler.
Due to the fact that we got such a short trunk, the outline of the rear part of the car looked quite sad.
We cut the spoiler on a special machine tool that we bought for this project and for the next ones.
In the next articles we will tell you how we created optics from scratch, how we made the interior of the car, how we solved the wheel offset problem and so on, that’s why subscribe to our telegram channel and follow the updates.