Constructed in California by Divergent Technologies, the Blade is of course the singular 3D-printed supercar of the world, a vehicle clearly unlike any other.
It of course claims to be the world’s “first 3D printed supercar,” and backs the latter word with its 700-horsepower (521-kilowatt) Mitsubishi Evo engine. The body itself has been combined from aluminum, titanium, and carbon fiber, and Jay Leno was able to drive it in the real world because the car is completely street-legal. It was introduced almost two years ago at the Pebble Beach Concours in California, but it’s been a fairly secluded appearance – until Jay had a go in it. Along with founder and CEO Kevin Czinger, Jay guides us through a detailed look of the supercar – which is interesting to watch – before actually hitting the road.
Thanks to its 700-hp (521 kW) engine, the Blade can summon the 0-60 mile-per-hour (96 kilometers per hour) sprint in a mere 2.5 seconds, and then go flat out until approximately 200 mph (321 kph). It can actually fit in any sort of powertrain, gas or alternative – and the company has said it currently wants to focus on outsourcing the technology rather than selling the car directly to customers. The Blade tips the scales at a mere 1,388 pounds (629 kilograms), and to further emphasize the company’s 3D construction, Czinger also brought for Jay an upgraded Kawasaki H2 motorcycle with about 20 percent weight reduction – just five 3D-printed parts were necessary for the frame compared to the nearly 100 on the regular bike.