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LEGO built a life-sized Bugatti Chiron that drives

By Chris Thompson, 31 Aug 2018 News

This Chiron has over 1,000,000 parts, including 2304 LEGO motors

LEGO life-sized Bugatti Chiron news

A few weeks ago LEGO revealed its newest product, a 1:8 scale model of the Bugatti Chiron you could build at home. Now LEGO’s taken it to the next level.

Overnight it revealed a 1:1 version of the French hypercar which it had built using more than 1 million LEGO Technic pieces, 2304 of which are LEGO’s little electric motors.

Those motors allow the car to drive, with a ‘theoretical’ total of 3.95kW and an estimated 92Nm of torque.

Though it weighs much less than a real Chiron at just 1500kg, it is only able to hit 20km/h. That’s significantly slower than a real Chiron, which claims a top speed of 420km/h with a limiter. But what’s 400km/h to a car built of LEGO?

Worthy Watch: Chiron's 0-400-0km/h run

LEGO says no glue was used in building the Chiron, which took 13,438 man hours in development and construct to complete. It’s even got a functional rear spoiler and a speedometer made from Technic parts.

“The idea to build a real-size 1:1 Technic version of the Bugatti Chiron originated within the LEGO Technic design team,” LEGO says.

“Designer Aurelien Rouffiange and the team had just completed the 1:8 scale model of the Chiron and began to debate what the ultimate challenge for the LEGO Technic building system would be.

“A full-size, self-propelled vehicle seemed to provide the toughest test.”

To test the car’s driveability, LEGO took it to the VW Group Ehra-Lessien test track, which is where Bugatti tests the Chiron.

LEGO adds: “We were even more excited when Bugatti’s official test driver and former Le Mans winner, Andy Wallace, agreed to test drive the Technic version of the Chiron on its first drive.”

If you haven’t already, watch the video at the top of this story. It’s impressive to see the car rolling, even if the voiceover and epic orchestral seems a little overzealous for a 20km/h top speed run.