The list of things that are cooler when they are built with Legos welcomes a new member: the Bugatti Chiron. After Lego released a minified version of the Chiron last month, the plastic-building-block brand's mad scientists set out to construct a full-size replica of the rarified hypercar out of Lego Technic pieces — and more than that, they wanted to be able to drive it.
The Lego Chiron was constructed in Kladno, Czech Republic, where the complex models found in Legoland amusement parks or Lego stores can be found. They started with a modified chassis that was smaller than a regular car chassis, as Lego's goal was to keep the car built as much from Lego pieces as possible. Outside of the chassis, wheels and tires, everything else is pretty much Lego from the A-pillars, to the seats, to the extendable rear wing — even the functional speedometer.
The real Chiron is powered by a W-16 motor that can propel the car to a limited top speed of 261 mph. The Lego Chiron, powered by a matrix of 2,304 Lego Technic motors, isn't quite that fast (theoretically estimated to put out 5.3 horsepower and almost 68 pounds-feet of torque).
The other figures for the Lego Chiron are similarly impressive. The end result took 16 designers and builders more than 13,000 man hours to design and construct, with more than 1 million individual Lego pieces used. No glue was used at all, and the end product weighs just over 3,300 pounds. A total of 339 different sorts of Lego pieces were used, and designers actually had to develop a flexible, triangular "skin" that could bend to simulate the curves on the real car.
Lego also published a longer video detailing the build process, and the testing that's definitely worth your eight minutes.
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