A car made entirely out of LEGO is not that unusual – the company is, after all, the biggest manufacturer of tyres on the planet (they just happen to be smaller than most). This LEGO Bugatti Chiron, however, is definitely noteworthy: it’s life-sized, holds a human driver and can be driven at a theoretical top speed of 19 miles per hour.
Okay, that still leaves an actual Chiron around 1215% faster, but give it a break – it is made from tiny plastic pieces after all. Over a million LEGO Technic pieces, since you ask. It weighs more than one and a half tons, and it took a team of LEGO engineers a cumulative 13,500 hours to construct.
It’s not completely built out of commercially-available LEGO pieces though – in order to function, certain bits had to stray beyond tiny pieces of plastic. The steel frame that holds it all together is the main diversion, but it also has two batteries, some 3D-printed gears and four official Bugatti wheels (there’s no sign of any LEGO manufactured tyres either).
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Powering the vehicle are more than 2000 LEGO Power Function motors, which work together in tandem for a total of 5.3 horsepower. The video above shows the vehicle hitting 13mph, but in theory, it should be able to hit 19mph – a speed perfect for carefully navigating quiet villages. And you’d know when it hit those speeds too – the LEGO Technic speedometer isn’t just for show: it actually works!
If you’re wondering: no, you can’t afford it. If you followed the link to the motors above, you’d see that each one costs £29.99. That means just to get your engine running, you’re looking at an outlay of nearly £60,000. And those official Bugatti tyres are going to set you back at least £23,000, too.
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In short, you’re best off just getting the LEGO miniature Bugatti at a far more reasonable £329.99. You won’t be able to drive it, but at least it won’t take you 18 months to build.
If you want to see the full-sized LEGO Bugatti Chiron, it’ll be at the Italian Grand Prix in Monza. Though obviously not competing.
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