It is the most insane build we’ve ever seen anyone undertake, both in the context automotive manufacturing and LEGO building context as together with Bugatti, they’ve built a full-sized 1:1 scale model of the Chiron.
As if previously completing a 1:8 scale model wasn’t challenging enough, LEGO wanted to build a “self-propelled” model that could be driven and accommodate another passenger.
The facts and figures are simply insane! It’s also a pioneer and the first of its kind for LEGO in so many ways.
- 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 Functions motors
- First large-scale moving model using LEGO Technic bricks & elements
- First time for LEGO to create new types of transparent LEGO Technic bricks
- First time for LEGO to create load-bearing parts built purely out of LEGO Technic bricks & elements using 58 types of Technic custom-made elements
It took a team of 16 specialists more than 13,438 hours to put together 339 types of LEGO Technic Elements with more than 1,000,000 pieces altogether, for a total weight of 1,500 kg.
The “car” contains 2,304 LEGO Power Functions motors, 4,032 LEGO Technic gear wheels and 2,016 LEGO Technic cross axles. Theoretically, it makes 5.3 hp and an estimated 92 Nm of torque. Top speed is over 20 km/h.
It’s even got a functional rear spoiler, front and rear lights, a detachable steering wheel, brake pedals and a speedometer built entirely from LEGO Technic Elements.
What’s even cooler was that the LEGO model was driven for the first time on the same track where the original Bugatti Chiron was tested, with Bugatti’s official test driver and former Le Mans winner, Andy Wallace behind the wheel.
“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,” said Wallace.