What better way to create something eccentric than to collaborate with yet another brilliant mind. And that is exactly what happened when Pawel Wisniewski and his pal, Jans Slapins, brainstormed to create a quite unusual car. These buddies were watching a drag race between a Lamborghini and a Rat Rod when a debate ensued between them followed by their realization that there were different elements on both designs which they loved and hated.
You see, both men are designers which means they have a vast imagination of everything and anything. They used their brilliance and creativity, and set out on a new project to combine all of their favorite elements from each car. The result? An extreme interpretation of the best of both worlds (or cars, for that matter).
Creating the Lamborghini Rat Rod came naturally for the two. Combine a sketch specialist like Pawel Wisniewski and a 3D modeler in the likes of Jans Slapins, and you get yourself the one of the most amazing designs that looks like a crossbreed of Tron and Mad Max: Fury Road or a 1930 remake of the Batmobile. Pawel mainly worked on the vehicle’s outline, but both designers were involved in creating each of its elements. They took inspiration from various Formula 1 cars and from the Plymouth Cuda, the Vought F4U Corsair, and a rather unusual inspiration: a 1960s refrigerator.
Pawel and Jans wanted the finished model to make use of the most advanced engineering there could possibly be, so they set out to give it a pushrod actuated suspension and a rather usual hydraulic drive system that functioned so that it reduced the car’s weight and fit four adult passengers into the car.
For those who are unfamiliar with what a “rat rod” (or “rat rodding”) is, here’s a quick tutorial. Rat rodding actually refers to a school of designs that pay homage to American hot rods which were particularly famous in the Forties up to the Sixties. These designs featured unfinished, bare-bones aesthetics and were often minimalist designs with big V8 engines.
Now, back to this Lamborghini Rat Rod, it comes with a twin-turbo Small Block V8 engine, in true rat rod spirit, and it is connected to a sequential six-speed transmission. Its central chassis-cell makes extensive use of carbon fiber. To achieve a 50/50 weight distribution, its low-mounted engine is pushed as far back as it can go making it all possible.
The surprises don’t end there, well not yet. The vehicle is fitted with interesting wheels with built-in brake rotors, and it’s not something you’d see everyday. It is quite a unique design feature and it actually looks pretty awesome on the Lamborghini Rat Rod.
Sadly, there are no plans to put a fully functional Lamborghini Rat Rod into production. But really, they should. It’s awesome, it’s unique and it’s the right combination of eccentricity and style. Maybe someday when room-sized 3D printers are capable to create fully functional vehicles, then we’d be able to witness the magnificence of the Lamborghini Rat Rod. Until then, we’ll have to make do with our imagination.