Lego has completed a full-size replica of one of the world’s most advanced and desirable sports car, the Buggatti Chiron. And you can drive it.
Former Le Man race driver Andy Wallace did, albeit a bit slower than the real thing’s electronically-limited 420km/h.
Wallace hit 20km/h at Volkswagen’s test track facility in Ehra Lessien, Germany.
You should still be impressed. He was driving more than a million pieces of plastic stuck together by hand and yes, the 1:1 model is powered entirely by Lego motors. 2,304 of them, actually:
And no glue.
Designer Aurelien Rouffiange, who has the world’s best job, struck out on the journey after successfully building a 1:8 scale model a couple of months ago.
He put together a specialist team of 16 builders and all up, they spent 13,438 work hours building the Chiron at the Lego facility in Kladno, Czech Rebuplic.
The Lego Chiron delivered an impressive estimated torque of 92 Nm and a total of 3.95kW – about 1114.65 short of the real thing.
Wallace still wore a helmet. And he knows he hit 20km/h, because the speedo works.
Seriously, this is an amazing piece of design and construction. Here are more of the official Lego specs:
- 339 types of Lego Technic elements used
- Total weight: 1500kg
- Engine contains 2304 Lego Power Functions motors, 4032 Lego Technic gear wheels, and 2016 Lego Technic cross axles
- And functional rear spoiler:
It will be official unveiled later today at the practice session for the Monza Grand Prix in Italy.
Watch the test drive in action here:
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