By Giacomo Brunelli @GiacomoBrunelli
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Videographer / director: Marcus Cooper, Cecilia Brunelli, Marcus Hessenberg
Producer: Giacomo Brunelli, Ruby Coote
Editor: Pete Ansell
Daria Radionova, a 25-year-old entrepreneur, spent £350,000 on the Lamborghini but refused to say how much it cost to apply the crystals to the car, saying, “It’s a secret, it’s priceless”.
The inspiration to cover her car in crystals came from something a lot smaller – a pair of her shoes.
She told Barcroft TV: “I had shoes from Louboutin covered in crystals, so I thought why not cover my car in crystals too?”.
And Daria is unfazed by those who accuse her of wasting money.
She said: “It’s just not true, this is something I really love, it’s my hobby, I love fast cars”.
Incredibly, the Aventador is Daria’s fourth crystal-covered car.
She explained: “I had a Mercedes CLS covered in crystals, then a Bentley, and then a Lamborghini Huracan.”
The Lamborghini Aventador, however, is Daria’s favourite car in the world: “I love the drive of the handle, I love the powered sound, the look - everything”.
Her motivation behind covering the Aventador in crystals was to truly stand out: “I just love everything that is unique, I don’t want to be like everyone, I enjoy being different.”
Finding the right person for the job was the easiest part for Daria: “I don't like to postpone things and make it a long story, so finding someone was very quick.”
Daria turned to specialist cars customisers Cars In Cloaks, but the job was so detailed it took over three months to be completed.
Cars in Cloaks owner Amir told Barcroft TV: “I planned out the job out to be completed in two weeks, but in the first week we had only done one panel.”
Each crystal was meticulously applied by hand by a bespoke team put together by Amir.
He explained: “Some of them are cake bakers, some of them were hand artists. I was thinking who can I get that is good with hand to eye coordination but at the same time can work under extreme pressure.”
The biggest challenge for the team was following the pattern of the curvature of the car parts.
Amir explained: “You start perfectly fine, and then you find out maybe seven hours later that the crystals don’t line up, so you take it all off and redo it - that's the only way.”
Five days into two people working on the bonnet, they had to start from scratch because one row of crystals was misaligned.
“It was a nightmare,” said Amir, “A lot of late nights, lots of pizzas”.
Amir claims that even finding the right kind of glue mixture was a difficult task in itself: “Finding the right glue took a lot of time, it needed to be really strong, but it also had to be perfectly clear when it dried.”
While working on the car, the workshop was flooded with curious visitors.
Amir explained: “We work in a showroom/workshop sort of setup, so people can actually walk by and see what's going on. Every day we would see a crowd of people, it was like we were celebrities.”
For Daria the attention isn’t always positive though.
She said: “Sometimes the attention bothers me, but I don’t care what people think about it - if someone doesn’t like it it’s fine, it’s not for everyone.”
Although some have claimed that the weight of the crystals affects the performance of the car, Daria says they are completely wrong.
She said: “It’s not any different to a large or muscly person sitting in the car”.
Unfortunately, living in London, Daria isn’t able to drive the Lamborghini at its full potential.
She said: “It’s not possible, but hopefully one day I will take it to Germany and will be able to feel the power.”
Incredibly, Daria isn’t finished with covering supercars in crystals just yet, as she’s now planning even more ambitious – and expensive – project.”
She said: “The next car I'm planning to cover in crystals is going to be Bugatti, just watch me.”