A viral video on Twitter shows a group of young friends in Vietnam building a replica of a Bugatti luxury car out of clay.
The video, shared by Twitter user @_figensezgin, has amassed over 10 million views in just three days.
The caption from the poster says, “A one-year study of Vietnamese youth who built their own Bugatti out of clay mud…” and is accompanied by clapping emojis.
The video shows the group starting with a car frame made of pipes and plastic sheets. The group goes outdoors to gather the clay and prepare it to be applied over the makeshift structure. As the clay hardens and the mold takes shape, it is removed, and fiberglass is put in. They proceed to paint it before gathering other materials for the car.
The clay Bugatti Chiron replica project video appears to have been originally posted to the YouTube channel Nhet TV on New Year’s Eve last year.
They write in the description of the video, “We spent 1 year building this car. Realizing our dream of owning a Bugatti Chiron supercar in our way, guys who don’t have a lot of money. This is a video that summarizes the process we have built it for a year and we still [sic] There will be upgrades as well as more complete for the car in the near future. Hope we get your support around the world, we will try more. We are poor rural boys with big dreams, we are from Vietnam, nice to meet you. Thank you again!”
One user, @whiskytngofxtrt, pointed out that the process of getting the car’s form is used in manufacturing all over the world, writing “This process is how cars manufactured all over the world, in Detroit, Stuttgart, Milan, Tokyo, everywhere, are mastered. A wooden/wire armature, or buck, is made, then covered and sculpted with clay. That’s not the car. That’s the form. The skin is based on that.”
User @ShowMe210 wrote, “What a wonderful hands-on education that will stay with these young men forever. Building a car from scratch is simply amazing.”
Others were critical of the project or missed that the clay was removed and replaced with fiberglass.
User @Tychaios2 wrote, “Who funds this nonsense??”
Another user, @1stEstra, thought the car would be too heavy to even move, writing, “That’ll be one HEAVY car. The gas alone would cost a fortune to move it. That happened to Neil Young when he let master carpenters build him a wooden carved bus. Serious waste of money and time. But, the carpenters made out great in the deal. LOLOL Was a gorgeous immovable bus.”
User @x_BasicallyMe said, “They built a Bugatti BODY out of clay. I don’t see an 8.0 liter 16-cylinder engine pushing 1500 horsepower and 1180 ft-lbs of torque with a 0-60 time of 2.3 seconds and a top speed of 261 mph being made out of clay.”
“All of the people watching this that don’t understand the clay was just a mould and that it was removed after the fiberglass was put in place…”
Some users like @mj_pacifist defended the project, writing “This is just a fun project that kids want to use their passion for something they can’t afford. Everybody knows a clay car can’t do 2.3 seconds for 60 miles. Relax.”
User @SirAxelFerguson wrote, “Surprised & disappointed by many comments on this thread. Innovative, energetic, industrious, creative youth have produced a work of art & engineering, without powerful tools, sote electronics or adequate means. Can’t we just applaud the effort minus the dissentious commentary?”
And many pointed out that the clay replica project reminded them of a “Saturday Night Live” sketch about a clay car called The Adobe.
Twitter user @AayushKrGupta said he’s been following the group who constructed the car for a year and shared an update: “I have been following these guys for past one year. They redesigned it… and it looks freakin awesome.”