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Lamborghini Diablo fans build a replica from scratch

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 01:30

Two Chinese men reproduce their dream car to gain experience and with the aim of manufacturing their own supercars. Tara Cleary reports.

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The Lamborghini Diablo - one of the world's most expensive cars. But this model is a knock-off - made in China. Engineers Wang Yu and Li Lintao couldn't afford to buy their dream car so Wang says they built their own with almost all original Lamborghini parts. SOUNDBITE: Wang Yu, replica Lamborghini maker, saying (Mandarin): "When I was small, the person I admired most was Enzo Ferrari. I found out that the car was named after the person, and I had this idea, this dream, of becoming the Enzo Ferrari of the Chinese sports car world, or of my own brand, of being someone like that." The men produced their first replica in 2010 for about a tenth of what they'd pay for an authentic Lamborghini in China. Wang says their plan is to gain enough experience to create their own line of supercars for the domestic market. SOUNDBITE: Wang Yu, replica Lamborghini maker, saying (Mandarin): "Chinese can also make supercars. We want to produce cars by Chinese people, for Chinese people, and meet our own people's demand for something personalized at lower costs which people can accept, cars that people can actually afford to drive." Even though the law prohibits the licensing of self-assembled vehicles, the pair was encouraged when Chinese entrepreneur Jack Ma recently bought their second Lamborghini replica. And with the growing number of billionaires in Asia, if Wang and Li do become the Enzo Ferraris of China, they won't be short of customers.

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Lamborghini Diablo fans build a replica from scratch

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 01:30