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Fri Aug 31, 2018, 03:44 AM

Life-size Bugatti Chiron made from a million Lego pieces ... and it actually drives

A bit too late to order a coveted Bugatti Chiron? More of a do-it-yourselfer? Why not make one from Lego Technic parts? That's what Lego has done, building a full-sized, functioning Chiron almost entirely from Legos, right down to the powerplant. It may not be fast, but it's really dang cool.

The Lego Technic team (based out of the company's Kladno factory in the Czech Republic) used about a million pieces to build the life-sized Bugatti Chiron, after having scaled one a few months ago as an apparent test run towards the real thing. The full-sized Lego Chiron is a faithful reproduction of the design lines of the world's fastest production car, and is the first large-scale movable construction developed and powered entirely by Lego motors. The full-sized model is packed with 2,304 Technic motors, 4,032 Technic gear wheels, and enough Lego pieces to total 1.5 tonnes (1.65 US tons or 3,300 lb).

The car's thousands of motors produce a total of 5.3 horsepower (3.95 kW) and about 67.9 pound-feet (92 Nm) of torque. Compare that to the actual Chiron, which weighs in at about 2 tonnes and produces 1,500 horsepower (1,118.6 kW). While the real Bugatti might fly around the track at record speeds, the Lego Chiron won't kill you in a top-speed collision. Especially if you wear the recommended helmet, as did Bugatti test driver Andy Wallace when he got behind the Lego Chiron's wheel and took it for a top-speed spin of 20 km/h (12 mph) along the Ehra Lessien proving ground in Germany.

Joking aside, the Lego Technic version of the Bugatti Chiron is a full-sized achievement. The Lego vehicle is made entirely from bricks and parts, from its fascinating outer skin structure to its interior seating and steering wheel. A working rear spoiler, front and rear lighting, a brake pedal, and more were constructed using 339 types of Lego Technic elements and over 13,000 work hours of development and construction. None of the parts are glued together, and load-bearing parts are almost entirely Lego pieces. The Chiron does include about 58 types of custom-made Lego parts in its construction. That includes its functional speedometer. Tires and wheels were supplied by Bugatti.

More: https://newatlas.com/lego-bugatti-chiron-life-sized/56149/




The test drive of the Lego Chiron took place at the Ehra Lessien proving grounds in Germany (Credit: Lego Technic)




LEGO Technic full-sized Bugatti Chiron in Action



The people at LEGO decided to use a Technic bits to build a functioning Bugatti Chiron. Powered entirely by LEGO parts, including its engine, this LEGO Chiron may not be as fast as the Bugatti vehicle, but it's really, really cool.

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PoliticAverse Aug 2018 #1
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TexasTowelie Aug 2018 #3
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Response to Rhiannon12866 (Original post)

Fri Aug 31, 2018, 03:54 AM

1. So being build with real LEGO pieces it costs more than the actual car then? n/t

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Response to PoliticAverse (Reply #1)

Fri Aug 31, 2018, 04:16 AM

2. No, the actual car costs about $3 million - not counting extras

While the Lego model cost just over $100,000. Still a pretty hefty price for a car, but it won't be mass produced.

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Response to Rhiannon12866 (Original post)

Fri Aug 31, 2018, 06:46 AM

3. The way the car was shaking towards the end of the video

makes me scared to take a ride. I don't think that my bladder can tolerate a vehicle without shock absorbers.

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Response to TexasTowelie (Reply #3)

Fri Aug 31, 2018, 07:16 AM

4. From what I read, it doesn't sound like it goes fast enough to make it an uncomfortable ride

Though I was thinking it would be more fun to look at than to ride in. It just struck me as an interesting thing to attempt, certainly more constructive than figuring a way to print 3D weapons.

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