Remember when you were a kid and thought that you were a genius when you finished a model car set or a ship out of LEGO’s? Well, some people never grew out of that phase and took LEGO building to a new level. This week, LEGO revealed a recreation of the worlds fastest production car, the Bugatti Chiron, which retails for about $3 million. Literally every single element of the hypercar is made out of LEGO’S, pushing what LEGO and its builders imagined was possible.
The model is was created using over 1 million LEGO Technic elements, which are intricate Lego pieces that are meant for the building DIY lego robots. The car is also powered by motors from the LEGO Power Function platform. Over 2,300 motors are inside the model, giving the car 5.3 HP and 92 Nm of torque. The model weighs around 1.5 tons. Although it obviously is not nearly as fast as the real Bugatti Chiron, it is still extremely impressive it is completely powered by LEGO technology that you can buy at a toy store.
The model was created by the same team of engineers from the Czech Republic that build extremely complex models and rides for the LEGOLAND amusement park. This feat helped reinforce the importance and power of LEGO Technic, a higher level LEGO that allows kids to really test their creativity and engineering skills to make things such as robotic arms or mini rovers.
As seen in the video, the cars are strikingly similar. Every single element of the model car, from the outer body to dashboard, is almost exactly the same as the original. The body is built from interconnected triangular LEGO Technic elements that turn into sort of a “skin” for the car. The car is held up without the help of glue or non-LEGO structural elements, proving the lengths you can take LEGO’s. The car even has every functioning electrical component as well, which took the engineers 13,000 hours of work to create.
The LEGO Chiron was tested in the exact same place the first Chiron was tested, the Ehra Lessien proving ground in Germany. The car managed to propel itself to 13 mph, which is impressive when you consider the engine is made out of toy motors. In the end, I guess it is safe to say that it is sometimes ok when kids don’t grow up.