This weird reenactment of a what was supposed to be a car – the wheels at least look as if they belong to a proper car – is supposed to be one of the first 3D-printed cars in the world.
And it was offered for sale last week during the 2017 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale event in Arizona – where it was inexplicably purchased by someone – at least at the meager price of $5,500. The “creator” decided to have as inspiration a 1971 Ford Torino, but the reinterpretation is anything but simple – the polarizing design ended up being someone’s cup of tea and they bought it for $5,500. The artist – Ioan Florea, a Romanian artist who attended the Academy of Fine Arts and lives in the US – made us of an industrial-size 3D printer, an experimental unit, and the styling of the body is a “fusion of liquid metal and nano- and ultra-light materials.”
It also makes use of additive technology in the form of “3D-printed shapes to reflect light and give the car balance between the organic and geometric shapes.” This 2013 creation should mark the transition between the second industrial revolution (back when Henry Ford was revolutionizing the auto industry with his assembly line) and the third industrial revolution of 3D printing, apparently happening as we speak. The Torino isn’t functional, but there are plans for cars or even motorcycles to use 3D printed parts, as even traditional automakers keep an eye on such interesting developments of technology.