LEGO builds life-sized, working Bugatti Chiron out of 1 million Technic pieces
A real Bugatti Chiron sports car costs $3 million, or you could piece together more than 1,000,000 LEGO Technic elements and get (almost) the same thing.
LEGO Technic teamed up with Bugatti Automobiles to build a functioning, life-size model of the world's fastest production car.
The team pieced together more than 1 million LEGO pieces to make it happen. That includes 2,304 motors and 4,032 LEGO Technic gear wheels.
Yes, it actually moves.
The LEGO Bughatti fits two adult passengers and can accelerate to a 'theoretical' top speed of 18mph. It is powered by two batteries, an 80-volt for the motor and a 12-volt for the steering and electronics inside the car.
“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," said Lena Dixen, Senior Vice President of Product and Marketing at the LEGO Group. " It’s a fascinating example of the LEGO Technic building system in action and its potential for creative reinvention.”
Building this yourself though will take some time. There are 339 types of LEGO Technic elements, and it took more than 13,000 work hours of development and construction to make it happen.
Oh, and there's not a single drop of glue used anywhere.
Facts and numbers:
Over 1,000,000 LEGO elements in total
339 types of LEGOTECHNIC elements used
No glue used in the assembly
Total weight: 3306.9 lbs
2,304 LEGO Power Function Motors
4,032 LEGOTECHNICgear wheels
2,016 LEGOTECHNICcross axles
Theoretical performance of 5.3 HP
Estimated Torque of 92 Nm
Functional rear spoiler (using both LEGO Power Functions and Pneumatics)
Functional speedometer built entirely from LEGOTECHNICelements
13,438-man hours used on development and construction
The model comes with real Bugatti Chiron wheels and emblem