Lego has built a full-sized Bugatti Chiron car, that is fully capable of driving, but it is made almost entirely from Legos, according to New Atlas. It may not be as fast as the real Chiron, but the fact that it’s made entirely out of Legos might make it even cooler.
The Lego Technic team (based out of the company’s Kladno factory in Czech Republic) used approximately one million pieces to build this beast. This is the first large-scale movable car that is developed and powered entirely by Lego motors. The model has over 2,000 Technic motors and contains over 4,000 Technic gear wheels. It weighs in at 3,300 lbs.
The thousands of motors used to create the car gives it a total of 5.3 horsepower and about 67.9 pound-feet of torque. Although this doesn’t match up to the actual Chiron that produces about 1,500 horsepower.
The Lego car may not go as fast around the track, but it still required a helmet when Bugatti test driver Andy Wallace got behind the wheel and took it for a 12 mph ride.
The Lego Technic version of the Bugatti Chiron is made entirely from Legos including the outer structure, interior seating and steering wheel. (We didn’t say it was going to be comfortable.)
The working rear spoiler, front and rear lighting, and brake pedal were constructed using 339 types of Lego Technic parts and took over 13,000 hours of work. Nothing is glued together and the load-bearing parts are almost entirely made from Lego pieces. Some pieces had to be custom-made, which includes the functional speedometer. The tires and wheels were supplied by Bugatti.
“When I first saw the Lego Chiron, I was immediately impressed by the accuracy of the model and the minute attention to detail,” says Wallace, according to New Atlas. “In fact, from about 20 meters away it’s not obvious that you are looking at a Lego car.”
The Lego Technic Bugatti Chiron model will be unveiled officially at the Grand Prix Formula 1 race in Italy.
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