Television star Jay Leno has driven Divergent Microfactories’ 3D printed Blade supercar in an episode of Jay Leno’s Garage. The 1,400 lb car can purportedly go from 0-60 mph in just 2.5 seconds. Kevin Czinger, Divergent’s entrepreneurial founder, had built a car with aluminum 3D printed joints, or “nodes,” which form the car’s chassis along with tubes of carbon fiber. The car looked stunning, and could hit 60 mph in just a couple of seconds.
Over the last year, Divergent Microfactories has raised huge sums of money, won awards, and even partnered with SLM Solutions, one of the world’s premier metal 3D printing specialists. And now Jay Leno is on board! The beloved comedian and television presenter has taken the 3D printed Blade supercar for a spin for his TV show Jay Leno’s Garage. During the twenty-five-minute episode, Leno drives the car, chats to Czinger, and discusses the benefits of 3D printing in the automotive industry.
“It’s a lot of fun to drive,” Leno says as he whizzes the Blade supercar through the streets of L.A. with Czinger riding in the passenger seat behind him. “You feel like you’re in a full-size car because you’ve got the legroom and you’ve got the width.”
Although it’s hard to read exactly what Leno thinks of the Blade supercar—in addition to his praise for the vehicle, he also warns of a “little shake in the chassis”—the stats behind the 3D printed auto are certainly eye-catching. Weighing just 1,400 lbs and packing a 700-horsepower Mitsubishi Evo engine, the Blade can go from 0-60 mph in 2.5 seconds. Its top speed is around 200 mph.
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