We’re almost completely hosing ourselves right at those old “You Wouldn’t Steal A Car” anti-piracy adverts that made DVDs and certain movie theatre trips so annoying a while back. Because that got perverted into “You Wouldn’t Download A Car” and oh yes we bloody well would.
And the car we would download is the Blade, a supercar from a company called Divergent Microfactories. The frame of the vehicle is made of a collection of 3D printed aluminium ‘Node’ pieces, meaning that most of the car’s metal frame can fit into a (large) kitbag. Connect the Nodes together using printed carbon fiber tubes and you’ve got a supercar frame sitting on your floor.
The end result of this lightweight frame is a 635kg frame for the Blade, around 90 lighter than most similar metal builds, which then plays host to a 700HP engine designed to run on petrol or natural gas. Odd choice, that, but the Blade will reportedly make 0 to 100km/h in 2 seconds as a result.
As it turns out, you can’t actually download the Blade but Divergent are planning on making a few more of them for sale. There’s no indication of price and there doesn’t need to be. Divergent aren’t keen on getting into the motor industry, they’re more interested in getting more microfactories off the ground.
Source: Divergent Microfactories