If you are an auto enthusiast then you have probably heard of the Bugatti Chiron, the supercar with a sleek style that is worth millions. Well, now there’s a new version of the car out there.
Lego announced yesterday, Thursday August 30, that they had successfully built their own Bugatti Chiron. It was built with more than 1 million legos and the car is actually driveable.
The fully functional vehicle can fit two passengers, weighs more than 3,000 pounds and Lego says the car can accelerate just over 12 miles per hour, potentially reaching 18 mph. The real Chiron produces 1,500 horsepower and reach 261 mph so there’s a bit of a difference there you can could say. The Lego version only produces 5.3 horsepower but it does have real Bugatti Chiron wheels.
The Lego Chiron runs off of two batteries for power. Since the car is powered by voltage level, it doesn’t have a gas or acceleration pedal but does have a pedal for braking.
The car was built using more advanced Lego models called Lego Technic which can be used to make features such as motors, wheels and transmission. According to the company, no glue was used in the assembly of the vehicle. A total of 339 different Lego Technic elements were used in the assembly. The engine is made up of 2,304 Lego Power Functions motors, 4,032 Lego Technic gear wheels and 2,016 LEGO Technic cross axles.
The Lego car looks real from a distance with the two tone paint job, scooped flanks and horseshoe grille. “If you stand 10 meters back, you really wouldn’t manage to tell the difference,” says Bugatti development driver, Andy Wallace.
Wallace was even lucky enough to take the one of a kind Lego car for a spin.
The difference became clear once you become closer to the car but it is also clear that time and dedication was put into the detail. The skin of the car is made up of interconnected triangular segments in order to replicate the look of the original. The headlights were made by using custom transparent Technic pieces. In order to not damage any pieces during assembly, it was put together with a Lego electric screwdriver.
The interior of the vehicle reveals a box like, pixelated, jagged edge design. You can see in the picture above that the rounded steering wheel was made with rectangular blocks. While present in the car, the steering wheel mounted paddles and gear shifter are just decorative. There is a working speedometer and is marked up to 37 mph even though it is highly unlikely for this car to just hit 18 mph.
According to LEGO, the car was created in their Kladno facility in Czech Republic. The facility is also known for creating the many memorable pieces found at Lego stores. More than 13,000 hours was put into the project by a team of 16 people.
There is currently a 1:8 scale model of the vehicle that can be bought by consumers for $350 to put together themselves.