While 3D-printed cars are slowly making their way into the mainstream market, chances are you haven’t seen one quite like this:
A 1:2 scale replica of Audi’s “Silver Arrow” Auto Union Type C, the German automaker’s iconic racer that laid waste to its competition on the way to three Grand Prix titles in the 1930s.
The pint-sized reproduction was led by Audi’s in-house toolmaking division and features a layered metallic 3D-printing method that allowed its builders to produce components at a higher density. The method — which is faster, more cost-effective and incurs less waste than traditional printing methods — could prove to be a boon as carmakers grapple with how best to implement new technologies into their manufacturing processes.
It’s also driveable, if not at all “road-ready.”
Tell that to your inner soapbox pilot.