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…It’s Tuner Tuesday: Lamborghini Countach replica?

Handmade Lamborghini Countach

Ken Imhoff fell in love with the euro-spec 1982 Lamborghini Countach LP5000S that played a staring role in the classic film Cannonball Run, so he did what any extremely talented automotive fanatic would do: He build one in his basement.

Ok, so there are probably not more than a handful of people that could pull off a full replica build of this quality in their basement, but Ken is definitely one of them, and has proven it with what you see here; the end result of more than 17 years of hard work and creative construction.

Handmade Lamborghini Countach Exterior

The car started out as a wooden buck that Ken built off of dimensions taken from the real car, over which he hand shaped aluminum using an English Wheel. Ken also designed his own space frame that he also based off of the dimensions of the real thing, and then designed an interior to match.

The end result is a dead on knockoff of a real Lamborghini Countach, and even features real Lambo taillights, parking lights, windshield and badges for a little extra authenticity.

Handmade Lamborghini Countach Detail

The engine is a Ford Cleveland Boss 351 making 514 horsepower, and a ZF 5-speed transaxle out of a Pantera handles the shifting and axle duties. Wilwood Suprelite brakes take care of the stopping, and they hide behind custom rims with handmade center sections that are wider than they are tall. The exhaust was also handmade by Ken, and modeled after the GT-40’s ‘bundle of snakes’.

It definitely wasn’t an easy process, but after removing part of his basement wall to get the car out from under his house, I bet Ken is enjoying every minute that he spends in, around, and not working on his Countach.

[KIE Engineering]

[Via: Jalopnik]

…It’s Movie Monday: This is Hamburg?

This Is Hamburg

This is Hamburg is a fantastic stop motion movie of two guys showing off their city through the windshield of their car.

The camera setup was a Canon EOS 40D with a Sigma 10-20 @ 10mm lens on a Manfrotto tripod fixed with seatbelts in the rear seat of a BMW 635 CSI. AV mode was used with a fixed manual focus set to 1M at f/6.3, and triggered automatically by a TC-80N3 set to 8-second intervals.

In all, there are roughly four hundred frames in the movie, with plenty of scenery to keep you entertained, so travel from the comfort of your own chair with This is Hamburg.

[This Is Hamburg]

[Via: NOTCOT]

…Your car needs some DIY love?

Cars

If you’re the type of person who likes to DIY just about everything, then check out Lifehacker’s list of the Top 10 DIY Car Hacks.

Featuring everything from making your own storage space and cleaning your windshield to removing stains, scrapes and dings, it’s a good sampling of all the things that they don’t bother to teach you in driver’s ed.

[Lifehacker – Top 10 DIY Car Hacks]

[Photo Via: roxannejomitchell]