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A Bugatti Chiron made of Lego

Lego did it again. Reproducing real life items is
not always easy. Especially if movement comes
into game! The replication of the real Bugatti
Chiron is hard to distinguish from far away.

The team at Lego has built the replica of a Bugatti Chiron with more than one million LEGO Technic pieces. These pieces are capable of interlocking and can form more complex shapes and structures than the standard Lego pieces.

The car has two seats, working front and tail lights and even rearview mirrors. But the most mid-boggling aspect of this auto replication achievement is that it can actually be driven around, powered by an 80-volt battery and 2’304 of Lego Power Function toy motors that give movement to 4’032 Lego Technic gears and 2016 Lego Technic axles. With a theoretical power of 5.3hp giving 85Nm torque to the Lego Bugatti is not to underestimate at all!

Building it required the use of 339 types of LEGO Technic elements, and about 13,400 work hours of development and construction.

Equipped with a rear spoiler, speedometer, front and back-lights, detachable steering wheel and brake pedal, all fully functional and built of LEGO Technic elements, the model is a dream come true for any LEGO fan.

Taking things a little further, LEGO did a test drive of the $2 million car on Bugatti’s own test track in Germany and posted a video of the test drive. According to Top Gear, it is theoretically capable of achieving a top speed of 18 mph (30 km/h), but there is still time to get there. The current speed is roughly 14mph (~20 km/h).

With 1.5 tonnes weight, the replication is almost as heavy as it’s original brother. The result however is stunning!

Lena Dixen, Senior Vice President of Product and Marketing at the LEGO Group stated:

“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, the place which also builds the impressive models for LEGO Stores and LEGOLAND parks, 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.”

Andy Wallace – the driver behind the LEGO Technic Chiron – former racing driver with multiple wins of the 24 Hours of Le Mans and Daytona, as well as many other races, and today official Bugatti pilot, said:

“When I first saw the LEGO Chiron, I was immediately impressed by the accuracy of the model and the minute attention to detail. In fact, from about 20 metres away it’s not obvious that you are looking at a LEGO car. I can only imagine how much time and effort went into making this model.”
“Driving the LEGO Chiron was a great experience, which I thoroughly enjoyed. All those years ago I could never have imagined that one day I would actually drive a LEGO car!”

The Chiron is the ultimate super sports car and the latest interpretation of Bugatti’s brand values ‚Art Forme Technique‘. With a power output of 1,500 HP, unprecedented for production vehicles, an extremely high torque of 1,600 Nm between 2,000 and 6,000 rpm and a wide variety of technical innovations, the Chiron sets new standards in every respect. The Chiron is not only designed for maximum speed (actually 261mph or 420km/h) but also meets the highest possible demands in terms of luxury, comfort, everyday drivability and durability. The Chiron combines the best in all these areas which makes it the world’s most complete super sports car.

On August 30th, 2018 the Lego Bugatti was unveiled to the public at Monza, Italy.

Some facts about the Lego Bugatti Chiron:

  • first fully-functional self-propelled life-size LEGO TECHNIC car
  • first non-glued LEGO TECHNIC model of such complexity
  • first large model powered using LEGO TECHNIC power function motors
  • first large-scale moving model using LEGO TECHNIC bricks & elements
  • first time to create new types of transparent LEGO TECHNIC bricks
  • first time to create load bearing parts build purely out of LEGO TECHNIC bricks & elements.
  • …using 58 types of TECHNIC custom-made elements

And some tech specs:

  • Over 1,000,000 LEGO elements in total 
  • 339 types of LEGOTECHNICelements used 
  • No glue used in the assembly 
  • Total weight: 1500 kg 
  • Engine contains:
  •   2,304 LEGO Power Function Motors
  • 4,032 LEGOTECHNICgear wheels 
  • 2,016 LEGOTECHNICcross axles 
  • Theoretical performance of 5.3 HP 
  • Estimated Torque of 85 Nm, later 92Nm
  • Functional rear spoiler (using both LEGO Power Functions and Pneumatics) 
  • Functional speedometer built entirely from LEGOTECHNICelements 
  • 13,438-man hours used on development and construction
  • The model comes with real Bugatti Chiron wheels and emblem

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Lego Bugatti Chiron

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