The fastest accelerating car in the world is the Porsche 918 Spyder, which can go 0-60 mph in 2.2 seconds. An extremely bold San Francisco startup thinks it can beat that … with 3D printing.
Divergent Microfactories’ 3D-printed supercar, the Blade, uses 3D-printed aluminum joints connected to carbon-fiber tubes to create the frame for the chassis. The company claims a 0-60 mph time of “around” 2 seconds and a weight of 1,400 pounds.
The Blade’s power comes from a turbocharged four-cylinder engine that’s built by a Michigan-based company. They claim 700 horsepower, which is nearly double that of the most powerful turbo-four in production, Mercedes-AMG’s 2.0-liter unit, which makes 355 horsepower. A 700 horsepower turbo-four is certainly possible, but it raises many questions about reliability.
You can crank up turbocharger boost pressure to make impressive power numbers easily, but that tends to have a bit of a grenade effect on an engine. The Blade could very well do 0-60 in 2 seconds, but it might only do it once or twice. A Porsche 918 Spyder will do 0-60 in 2.2 seconds all day, every day with frightening consistency.