WHEN WE built the Lego Technic scale model Bugatti Chiron, it took far longer than we had anticipated and had a level of complexity that blew our minds. Which is why we’re more than a little stunned by the full-size and fully-drivable version just unveiled by the Danish toy company.
Lego employed the team at its Kladno facility in the Czech Republic for the build; designers who specialise in creating complex models for Lego stores and Legoland theme parks around the world. Using a core team of 16 specialists, including design, mechanical and electrical experts it took them over 13,000 hours to develop and assemble the plastic Chiron.
Over 1,000,000 Lego Technic elements were used in the construction of the vehicle, which includes a functional rear spoiler and speedometer, but not a single drop of glue.
It’s not anywhere near as fast as a real Chiron, of course — the Lego car’s top speed is 20kph — but that’s not bad considering Lego didn’t drop in a combustion engine, or one from an existing electric car. Instead, 2,304 Lego Power Functions motors work in unison to shift the model’s considerable bulk; the final vehicle weighs 1,500kg — the same as a real family hatchback.
The drivetrain comprises 4,032 Lego Technic gear wheels and 2,016 Lego Technic cross axles, with a final power output of 5.3hp and 68 lb-ft of torque.
Watch the videos to see the amazing 1:1 version of the Chiron being built and then demonstrated on the same German track where Bugatti tests its own vehicles.