In what can only be the wildest thing anyone ever built with Lego, the company behind the bricks has built a fully-run model of the Bugatti Chiron supercar.
Built in part as a passionate project among Lego's creative team and partly as a promo to showcase the Italian Grand Prix, the last piece of the model counts the bells over one million Technic pieces.
(Technic, for the unknown, Lego's line of continuous rods, gears, axles, motors and other parts is a bit more complex than the bricks and blocks the company is best known for.)
Lego says that all in all, the construction process only took a shy period of 13,500 hours. They started brainstorming back in June last year, with actual construction that began in March 2018.
When LEGO first sent over the video above, my first thought was that there was some CG trickery on time. They responded with a couple of hundred pictures of what was put together, some of them I have posted below.
To be clear it's not completely Lego – There are some components that can not be replicated in plastic when it comes to something that all weighs over 1.5 tons. For example, there is a steel frame (picture below), a pair of batteries, some 3d-printed gear, and the whole thing is on top of the actual Bugatti wheels. (Related Fun Fact: Lego is technically the world's largest manufacturer of tires. Only … you know the little ones.)
Wilder still moves this thing . It's not going to keep up with an actual Chiron with its 250 + mph top speeds, of course – but the company says the model had up to 13 kilometers per hour for the video above, saying it theoretically peaks at around 19 miles per hour. Not bad for a car made of toy parts and powered by a lot of plastic motors.
Talk about which, this thing has over two thousand Lego Power Function engines in a massive range, giving it a total theoretical horsepower of 5.3. 24 engine packs, each consisting of 96 individual Lego engines, hook into a steel chain that drives the wheels.
It has a number of other fun tricks:
- A detachable steering wheel
- Doors that actually open and close
- A spoiler that elevates and lowers by pressing a button, with a control panel to switch all lights and electronics
- A functional speedometer, also built by Technic pieces
Is it stupid? Maybe. Is that amazing? Absolutely. Unfortunately, for anyone who's thinking about doing something like this without the virtually unlimited Lego Armor, this team has access to: at a retail price of around $ 30 each, engines alone will cost you over $ 70,000.
Lego will show the model personally at the Italian Grand Prix in Monza.