Constructed partly as a ardour challenge amongst Lego’s inventive group and partly as a promo to indicate off on the Italian Grand Prix, the mannequin’s closing piece depend clocks in at over a million Technic items.
(Technic, for the unfamiliar, is Lego’s line of interconnecting rods, gears, axles, motors, and different elements a bit extra advanced than the bricks and blocks the corporate is finest recognized for.)
Lego says that every one in all, the construct course of took simply shy of 13,500 hours. They began brainstorming again in June of final 12 months, with precise development starting in March of 2018.
When LEGO first despatched over the video above, my first thought was that there was some CG trickery happening. They responded with just a few hundred images of it being assembled, a few of which I’ve embedded under.
To be clear, it’s not fully Lego – there are some parts that simply can’t be replicated in plastic when coping with one thing that every one collectively weighs over 1.5 tons. For instance, there’s a metal body (pictured under), a pair of batteries, some 3d printed gears, and the entire thing sits on prime of precise Bugatti wheels. (Associated enjoyable truth: Lego is technically the world’s biggest producer of tires. Simply… you realize, tiny ones.)
Wilder but, this factor strikes. It’s not going to maintain up with an precise Chiron with its 250+ mph prime speeds, clearly – however the firm says it obtained the mannequin as much as round 13 miles per hour for the video above, and says that it theoretically tops out at round 19 miles per hour. Not unhealthy for a automobile made out of toy elements and powered by a bunch of plastic motors.
Talking of which, this factor has over two thousand Lego Energy Operate motors in an enormous array, giving it a complete theoretical horsepower of 5.3. 24 motor “packs”, every made up of 96 particular person Lego motors, hook right into a metal chain that drives the wheels.
It’s obtained a bunch of different enjoyable tips for good measure:
- A removable steering wheel
- Doorways that really open and shut
- A spoiler that lifts and lowers on the push of a button, with a management panel to toggle all of the lights and electronics
- A useful speedometer, additionally constructed out of Technic items
Is it foolish? Maybe. Is it sort of wonderful? Completely. Alas, for anybody pondering of doing one thing like this with out the practically-unlimited Lego armory this group has entry to: at a retail value of round $30 every, the motors alone would price you over $70,000.
Lego will likely be exhibiting the mannequin off in individual on the Italian Grand Prix in Monza.