Say hello to the Divergent Blade – a supercar with a difference. It may look like something from the future and possess a 700HP bi-fuel engine, but forget all that. The real story behind the Blade is how it was made. The prototype supercar is built using a modular 3D-printed construction. So, yes, a 3D-printed supercar!
The Blade is a product of Divergent Microfactories and they claim that the chassis is up to 90% lighter than most cars, thanks to a 3D-printed aluminium joint that they are calling the Node. By plugging printed carbon fibre tubes into Nodes, a light yet strong frame is created for the car.
What this means is the Blade only weighs 635kg. That’s very light. To put that into perspective, it weighs less than half the kerb weight of a McLaren P1. As for its performance, we’re told it possesses a 700HP 2.4 litre engine fuelled by both gasoline and compressed natural gas, and has a 0-60mph of just two seconds. Rapid.
As of yet, there’s no word on pricing or a release date for the Blade, but Divergent plans to produce a few more like this but still not in great numbers. The most interesting aspect of this isn’t the cars that Divergent could produce, it’s the possible impact this sort of construction technology could have on the auto industry.
Divergent Microfactories have already conceded that they want to license the 3D-printed Node technology to other car builders. But don’t get to ahead of yourself – 3D printing is still very new and building featherweight cars could have some safety implications. Watch this space.