Friday, 19 October, 2018

Lego built an incredible full-size Bugatti that you can totally drive!

LEGO-car A fully-functioning car has been built out of LEGO, and yes, you read that correctly
Jodi Jackson | 01 September, 2018, 20:03

It's powered using more than 2,000 "power platform" engines and took more than 13,000 hours to design and make.

The Lego Chiron weighs 1,500 kg (3,307 lb) - which is around 500 kg (1,102 lb) less than the real deal - features a rear spoiler, lights on all corners, and a detachable steering wheel.

"This life-size model is a first of its kind in so many ways and with it, we wanted to push the boundaries of our own imagination", Lena Dixen, senior vice president of product and marketing for LEGO, says in a statement.

The full-size Lego Chiron consists over a million Lego Technic pieces, all of which were snapped into place, with no glue required during assembly.

Earlier this year, LEGO presented a 1:8 scale kit of the Chiron, so for the next challenge, it aimed bigger.

LEGO has just gone above and beyond with what you can actually build with its LEGO Technic elements. The team used 339 types of Lego Technic elements, and even put some of them together using a special tool made out of Legos.

Lego didn't just shove a bunch of AA batteries into the vehicle to get those motors moving. The replica consisted of almost all Lego elements and even has the same pop-up rear spoiler, which ran on Power Function motors and pneumatics. Even the car's curvaceous seats are also realistically recreated, through a series of panel, beam, and tile elements. For a auto powered by toy motors, though, it's still impressive-it can travel at speeds of around 12.5 miles per hour, though the company says it can theoretically go up to 18 miles an hour. Former racing driver Andy Wallace was the lucky person who got behind the wheel to take it for a test drive around the Ehra Lessien proving ground in Germany. 'In fact, from about 20 metres away it's not obvious that you are looking at a Lego vehicle.

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