Not content with producing a hugely complex Technic model of a hypercar, Lego has now gone one better and built a full-size, working Bugatti Chiron.
In June the Danish toy maker unveiled a 1:8 scale kit of the French rarity. Now its technical wizards have gone one better and built a 1:1 model that can actually be driven.
Unveiled in Italy ahead of the Monza Grand Prix, the full-size Chiron is built entirely from Lego Technic components – more than one million of them.
It is powered by 2,304 Lego Power Function motors and uses 4,032 gear wheels to transfer its estimate 5.3hp to the wheels.
Designers and engineers spent more than 13,000 hours developing and building the model, which copies everything from the Chiron’s distinctive headlights to its removable steering wheel and rear spoiler. A “fabric” of triangular panels was created to replicate the Chiron’s dramatic bodywork.
While it looks just like the real thing, the 1.5 tonne Lego model can’t quite match the performance of the 1,500hp original but it does move.
To test it out, Lego took it to the Ehra Lessien proving ground in Germany – where the Chiron was first tested – and handed it to Le Mans and Daytona winner Andy Wallace. He reached a heady 12.5mph – around 248mph less than the real Chiron can manage.
Lena Dixen, senior vice president of product and marketing for Lego said: “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.
“For over 40 years, LEGO Technic has allowed fans of all ages to test their creativity with a building system that challenges them to go beyond just creating new designs, to also engineering new functions.
Our Technic designers and the engineers from the Kladno factory in the Czech Republic have done an amazing job both at recreating the Chiron’s iconic shapes and making it possible to drive this model. It’s a fascinating example of the LEGO Technic building system in action and its potential for creative reinvention.”