LEGO Technic has recreated a life-size movable model of the world’s fastest production car – the iconic Bugatti Chiron.
The non-glued, fully-functional and self-propelled LEGO Technic model can fit two passengers inside and accelerate to over 20km/h, the company said in a press release.
A huge feat or any toy-maker to date, the Chiron model is the first large scale movable construction developed using over 1,000,000 LEGO Technic elements and powered exclusively using motors from the LEGO Power Function platform.
Packed with 2,304 motors and 4,032 LEGO Technic gear wheels, the engine of the 1.5 ton hypercar generates 5.3 horse power and an estimated torque of 92 Nm.
Lena Dixen, Senior Vice President of Product and Marketing at the LEGO Group said:
“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,” Senior Vice President of Product and Marketing at the LEGO Group, Lena Dixen.
“For over 40 years, LEGO Technic has allowed fans of all ages to test their creativity with a building system that challenges them to go beyond just creating new designs, to also engineering new functions.”
“Our Technic designers and the engineers from the Kladno factory in the Czech Republic, the place which also builds the impressive models for LEGO Stores and LEGOLAND parks, have done an amazing job both at recreating the Chiron’s iconic shapes and making it possible to drive this model.”
“It’s a fascinating example of the LEGO Technic building system in action and its potential for creative reinvention.”
Equipped with a rear spoiler, speedometer, front and back-lights, detachable steering wheel and brake pedal, all fully functional and built of LEGO Technic elements, the model is a dream come true for any LEGO fan.
The Bugatti was built using 339 types of LEGO Technic elements, and over 13,000 work hours of development and construction – and was finally track tested by former Le Mans and Daytona race driver, Andy Wallace, at the Ehra Lessien proving ground in Germany.
While the original Chiron is capable of 420 km/h speed, the LEGO Technic’s power function motors have managed to propel it’s model to a little over 20km/h – making the ‘Build for Real’ idea truly complete.
“When I first saw the LEGO Chiron, I was immediately impressed by the accuracy of the model and the minute attention to detail. In fact, from about 20 metres away it’s not obvious that you are looking at a LEGO car. I can only imagine how much time and effort went into making this model,” Wallace intoned.
“Driving the LEGO Chiron was a great experience, which I thoroughly enjoyed. All those years ago I could never have imagined that one day I would actually drive a LEGO car!”
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