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3D-printed Audi Le Mans racer [READER’S RIDE]

3D-printed Audi Le Mans racer [READER’S RIDE]

In honor of this past weekend’s 24 Hours of Le Mans race, we decided to make Brett Turnage’s 2014 Audi R18 “Black Beauty” this week’s Reader’s Ride. Brett 3D-printed both the chassis and the body using a program called Fusion360. The chassis features a long 320mm wheelbase for stability and to fit the scale look he was going for. Like the real Black Beauty — the test car that Audi built for the new LMP1 regs for 2014 — Brett’s R18 is all-wheel drive. But unlike the full scale which only uses “e-tron” electric motors on the front axle (the rear is powered by a turbodiesel V6) Brett’s uses a Turnigy 80A controller and a 13.5T motor to power all four wheels via belt drive and two adjustable diffs. The detail on the body is impressive — the R18 has maze of scoops, vents, dive planes and airfoils — and Brett has captured most of them. He even incorporates the backlit number boards.

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9c9897b413213b7d8ad3200d431dcf2f_preview_featured6438fcfbb085ffb6f07ba67e496eb4b4e9_preview_featured2Want to see your machine here? Send photos and a description to readersrides@airage.com. Be sure to send the full-size photos. If that bogs your email, use WeTransfer–it’s easy and free.  

For tips on photographing your car, watch the video at the bottom of the page:

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Updated: June 21, 2016 — 3:20 PM
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  1. That’s sick. If only race rules were looser and everyone showed up at the track with so much innovative thought into their cars. Kinda like 1/12 racing in the 80’s before the standards were set…

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