Lego unveils life-size, driveable Bugatti Chiron model
Stunning new Chiron recreation is made up of more than one million pieces and took over 13,000 hours to build. It even drives under its own power!
Lego has taken brick building to the next level by constructing a functional 1:1 scale model of the Bugatti Chiron – built with space for both driver and passenger.
Using blocks from Lego’s Technic range, the Chiron recreation is made from more than one million individual parts, snapped together without a single drop of glue needed to secure the life-size car’s shape.
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However, despite packing 2304 motors, the Bugatti is not exactly bestowed with plentiful power. Producing 5.3bhp and 92Nm of torque, the Chiron recreation has a top speed of 13mph, dragging 1.5 tonnes of Lego Technic kit.
Only two elements of the Lego Chiron are not built from the famous bricks. All four wheels and Bugatti badges adorning the model are borrowed from the real-life car.
It took engineers who usually design and build enormous models for Lego’s theme parks and flagship stores to lead the Chiron project, given its grand scale.
‘This life-size model is a first of its kind in so many ways, and with it we wanted to push the boundaries of our own imagination,’ explained Lena Dixen, Lego’s senior vice president of product and marketing.
‘Our Technic designers and the engineers from the Kladno factory in the Czech Republic, the place which also builds the impressive models for Lego Stores and Legoland parks, have done an amazing job both at recreating the Chiron’s iconic shapes and making it possible to drive this model.’
Lego Technic’s Chiron took 13,438 hours to design and construct – far longer than its real-life cousin. And for good reason, too; it features accurate recreations not only of the outer body shape, but also interior details, lights and a detachable steering wheel.
Despite being able to clock only 13mph, the painstakingly assembled Chiron model couldn’t be field tested by just anyone. Instead, Lego enlisted Le Mans 24-hours winner Andy Wallace as test driver, bringing the car to Ehra-Lessien proving grounds in Germany, where the real-life 260mph Bugatti Chiron had its first-ever test.
‘From about 20 metres away it’s not obvious that you are looking at a Lego car,’ said Wallace. ‘All those years ago I could never have imagined that one day I would actually drive a Lego car!’
Visitors to this weekend’s Italian Grand Prix at Monza will have a chance to see the Lego Chiron recreation first hand, as it’s making its ‘world premiere’ at the circuit today, August 30.
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