Building Lego's scale The Bugatti Chiron model will probably take you time, but the long build time is pale in relation to how long it took Lego to build a full full size Bugatti Chiron.  Yes, you're reading it right and your eyes are not wondering about you. This is a 1: 1 scale Bugatti Chiron built from Lego's standard pieces with some special bits in there to ensure functionality. Lego's team took over 13,000 hours to put the car's 1 million plus pieces in place, and the result is a car that actually drove under its own power. Think of the price tag of on one.
In all, the complete Lego Chiron builds 339 different Lego pieces, which are completely linked to traditional Lego methods, meaning no glue was used. Some pieces are tailored, just because Lego did not produce the right blows in the right colors for this project.
Lego started with a steel frame, which it deemed necessary based on the estimated final weight of the product. The steel frame connects to shafts and parts that help to attach Bugatti wheels to genuine Chiron. The braking system is borrowed from a go-kart, and the control system comes from a terrain vehicle, both of which are attached to the frame. There is also a steel roller cage for added safety, and the chassis has four real lifting points that can be used to put the car in the air. It is not a suspension system due to space and complexity restrictions.
Lego used a number of Technic frameworks to create an inner structure that could support all the outer body panels.
After laying out the shape of the car using a basic skeleton, Lego's team used a bunch of triangular segments to form the car's body panels. It was on a special fabric to mimic the car's exposed carbon fiber bites. The front grill looks quite darn close to the original, thanks to Legos propeller hub.
Active aero outside, Lego meters inside
Some of Lego's more advanced offers rely on pneumatics to move different parts and the living size Bugatti Chiron is no exception. The rear spoiler is pneumatically driven, moving out and tilting thanks to 4 extra Lego engines that operate two compressors consisting of four Lego Technic pneumatic pumps. It took 1
While much of full size Chiron is permanently fixed in place, some pieces can be removed. Lego can remove the cover, luggage and rear fenders for maintenance. And since the vehicle is functional, the doors will work as well. The pieces can be locked in place for added safety while the car moves under its own power.
The interior accommodates both driver and passenger. The car's speed is based on the engine's output voltage, so while there is no accelerator pedal, there is a brake to make the case stop. Although it does not go very fast, it has real seat belts that are connected to the roller house.
There are a number of non-functional items included, including the gear lever, shift pads and swing signals. Having said that, a surprising amount of the interior is functional, including the dashboard, which sporty gauges made by – you guessed it – more Lego pieces. The steering wheel is removable and it is dependent on an actual steering wheel contact since it is functional. The rearview mirror is also fully functional.
Electricity and much
The real Chiron can have a 16-cylinder engine and it can be a representation in the full Lego model, but actual forward motion comes from a whole boatload of electric motors – Lego Power Functions L Motors, to be exact.
The rear axle receives motive power from 24 engine packs, each containing 96 L engines, which means that the system contains 2,304 separate engines. With the exception of some Teflon slices that serve as bushings, the motorpack is almost entirely derived from Lego pieces. 4.032 Lego gear wheels help transfer the power of each engine pack – and remember that there are 24 such packages.
All the power goes to a steel chain that connects to the drive shaft that actually gets to the rear wheels. Fortunately, if a engine block has a problem, it is modular, so it can be exchanged for another.
Lego not only brought a lot of AA batteries into the car to make them move. Instead, it's an 80-volt, 200-amp battery that supplies power to the entire car. There is also a second 12 volt car battery that is used only for the control system.
The 80 volt battery also provides the lights. Pressing the brake pedal will cause the brake lights to light while the spoiler moves to the brake position. The Lego model also has the same boot sequence as the original car, because attention to detail never hurts.
At full cut, Lego estimates a top speed of around 19 mph, which is pretty good for a 3.300 pound plastic and steel runs on air and electricity. The former Le Mans winner Andy Wallace took the model up to about 12 mph, using most of the 5.3 5.3 horsepower and 68 pound-foot torque.
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