Lamborghini is one of the few supercar manufacturers who were interested in off-road vehicles long before SUVs became popular, starting with the military project LM002 “Rambo Lambo”, where today there are more civilized urns in its lineup. Still, no one thought of making an off-road prepaid diablo – until now. Ricky Erizari, from Illinois in the United States, is working on what he calls “Ziporghini”, combining the body of a diablo replica with the underpinning of a jeep.
Irizarry’s project is likely to make the upcoming Huracan Strato a softcore in terms of off-road certification as a Jeep Liberty fitted with its Jeeporghini Clever R / T tires could go as far as that. The project is far from complete but the photos of the process give us an idea of what to expect
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Donor Go, a regular first generation Jeep Liberty, has been cut to make room for new bodies. The roof and pillars are gone, as can all the body panels. The Lamborghini section is a replica of the late 1999 model Diablo Roadster, which looks quite accurate in proportions.
As you may have noticed, the front of the car needs a lot of components, including the windshield, the suicide door and the lighting unit. Fortunately the facelifted Diablo headlights were taken from a Nissan 300ZX and the round taillights are quite simple and easy to find.
The Lamborghini Diablo’s 2,650mm (104.33-inch) wheelbase is almost identical to the Jeep Liberty KJ’s 2,649mm (104.29-inch) wheelbase, which makes this unconventional marriage more likely to succeed. Still, much work needs to be done to attach the body of a mid-engine supercar to the frame of the front-engine jeep.
In terms of powertrain, the most powerful Liberty is fitted with a 3.7-liter PowerTech V6 that produces 213 horsepower (157 kW / 216 PS) and transmits power on four wheels via a four-speed automatic transmission. This is definitely not the case with the 5.7-liter V12’s 529 hp (394 kW / 536 PS) on the 1999 Diablo VT Roadster. Thus, we hope that the project includes some performance changes for more energy and possibly a more appropriate sound experience.
Irizarry wants to use this car as an everyday driver, which will surely raise a lot of eyebrows from fellow road users. Anyway, we look forward to seeing the final results, feeling safe that no actual diabolo was damaged in the process.