Automobile manufacturers are already using 3D printing to some extent. Whether it’s Ford using 3D printed molds to intricately design components for new models, or the more extreme use of the technology found within Local Motors’ recent printing of the entire chassis and frame of their Strati automobile, the technology has a bright future within the industry.
Over a year ago, 3DPrint.com covered a story about a small Santa Ana, California-based company called Rezvani Motors. The company, founded by Ferris Rezvani, had just released renders of a concept vehicle they called the Rezvani Beast. What caught our attention at the time was the fact that the company claimed that the vehicle, once produced, would feature several 3D printed end-use components.
Here we are some 13 months later and Rezvani has finally unveiled the production version of the Beast along with additional details and specs for the car and its 3D printed components.
“We used 3D printing on the headlight buckets, taillight buckets, and side mirrors,” Jeff Ryan, Public Relations and Marketing Director at Rezvani Motors, told 3DPrint.com. “Moving forward we should be able to use 3D printing on even more components. “
What was the reason for the use of 3D printing for the actual components of this vehicle? It’s all about weight, speed, and a unique innovative design. The Beast–which, according to the company, is able to accelerate from 0-60 in around 2.7 seconds–features a 500 horsepower 2.4 liter, 4-cylinder engine and crank-driven Rotrex engine. One of the most unique aspects of the car’s design is the headlights, and if it weren’t for the ability to 3D print their casings, the design likely would never have materialized.
As for the other 3D printed parts, they all contribute to the extraordinarily light weight of the vehicle, which is approximately 1,650 lbs, allowing it to reach speeds of around 165mph. Besides 3D printing, Rezvani used state-of-the-art materials and manufacturing techniques to minimize the vehicle’s weight as much as possible. The wheels are made from forged aluminum, while in the interior the seats and steering wheel are constructed with carbon fiber.
If the weight and the speed does’t impress you, than maybe the overall driving experience will.
“We really wanted to get people to enjoy driving again,” said Founder and CEO Ferris Rezvani. “By limiting as much electronic interference as we could, we were able to allow the driver to feel every inch of the road at their fingertips.”
So how much will this ‘beast’ of a vehicle cost you? You can have this beauty in your garage starting at $165,000 in approximately 8-12 weeks from the time you initiate your order. If you are still not sure if this car is right for you, the vehicle is available for public viewing at the Rezvani showroom in Costa Mesa, California.
While Rezvani may be ahead of their time, there is little doubt that as 3D printing technology becomes faster and even more accurate over the next couple of years, automobile manufacturers will be looking more and more towards the technology as a means for manufacturing production-ready components. Let us know your thoughts on this incredible car in the Rezvani Beast forum thread on 3DPB.com. Check out the teaser video below: