Behold Lego’s most ambitious project ever built from over one million Technic pieces.
Back in June, Lego offered a more affordable way to own a Bugatti Chiron with the launch of a 1:8 scale Technic model. More recently, the James Bond's Aston Martin DB5 from Goldfinger also got the Lego treatment. This, however, takes things to a completely different level because the toy company has built a stunningly detailed, life-size Bugatti Chiron that looks remarkably close to the real car. But here’s the kicker: you can actually drive it.
Built using over one million Lego Technic pieces, this insane feat of engineering is powered using motors from the Lego Power Function platform that uses 2,304 motors and 4,032 Lego Technic gear wheels. While the real Bugatti Chiron produces 1,479 horsepower and 1,180 lb-ft of torque, the engine of Lego’s 1.5-tonne car generates 5.3 horsepower and an estimated 67 lb-ft of torque. It represents the first fully-functional self-propelled life-size Lego Technic, as well as the first non-glued Lego Technic model of such complexity.
To replicate the real car's elegant curves, the life-sized Lego Bugatti Chiron features a complex outer ‘skin’ structure built with interconnected triangular segments made into a Lego Technic ‘fabric.’ Inside, every detail has been painstakingly recreated using Lego Technic elements, from the seats to the dashboard and steering wheel. The rear spoiler, speedometer, front and back lights and brake pedal built from Lego Technic elements are also all fully functional. It took 339 types of Technic elements and over 13,000 hours of development and construction to create this ambitious life-sized Lego car.
To prove the car is drivable, former racing driver Andy Wallace took it for a test drive at the Ehra Lessien proving ground in Germany where the real Chiron was first tested. "When I first saw the Lego Chiron, I was immediately impressed by the accuracy of the model and the minute attention to detail,” said Wallace. “In fact, from about 20 meters 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!" It's safe to say our childhood Lego fantasies have now been fulfilled.