Lego Built A Life-Size Bugatti Chiron That You Can Actually Drive

Bereft of the millions it takes to acquire a new Bugatti Chiron, a Lego version could be as close as most of us get. And though you could build one just about any size you want, we pretty much take it for granted that it’ll be smaller than the real thing, and won’t actually drive.

Those assumptions don’t apply here, though. The Alsatian automaker and the Danish toy company teamed up to build this full-size, fully drivable Chiron replica out of Lego Technic pieces – over a million of them, in fact.

It even packs 2,304 little motors from the Lego Power Function series and 4,032 Technic gear wheels to make it actually drive – albeit not quite as fast as the real thing. With 5.3 horsepower (4 kW) and 68 lb-ft (92 Nm) of torque, the 1.5-metric-ton replica is said to top out at little over 12 mph (20 km/h).

The project took over 13,000 man-hours to develop and build. In other words, if one person had undertaken the project, it’d have taken nearly a year and a half to complete – without stopping to eat, sleep, or so much as take a break.

All told, 339 different types of Lego pieces were used, completing not only the outer shape and the frame, but the rear wing, head- and tail-lights, and full interior – including seats, speedometer, and removable steering wheel. (Well, we suppose all of it would technically be “removable”).

Bugatti even tested the finished product at Ehra Lessien with former Le Mans winner Andy Wallace behind the wheel. It’s the same VW Group proving ground where the “real” Chiron set the 0-400-0 km/h (248 mph) record last year, and where Wallace drove the McLaren F1 to 390 km/h (242 mph) two decades ago.

“Driving the LEGO Chiron was a great experience, which I thoroughly enjoyed,” said Wallace. “All those years ago I could never have imagined that one day I would actually drive a LEGO car!”

“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,” added Lego VP Lena Dixen. “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. It’s a fascinating example of the LEGO Technic building system in action and its potential for creative reinvention.”

 

more photos...
  • Honestly, the patter gave me an itch, I think I have those phobia of holes?

    • Eagle By Singer

      Tryophobia?

  • Christian

    at least you can’t step on it with a size that big…

  • Bob

    The UN estimated that 10.7% of the world’s population was suffering from chronic undernourishment in 2016. But at least we have a LEGO Bugatti.

    • Meskley

      We Live In A Society

    • Christian

      I say my comments are funnier (sometimes…) and better…

    • Jason Panamera

      Generally we can specify two kinds of problems. Global problems like undernourishment and first world problems like which Buggatti to buy. Happily I am able to buy a food and a Bugatti, small lego one.

  • asphrp

    i think it would be better if they can make a small engine that’s can work than this

  • Loquacious Borborygmus

    You Americans and your Legos.

  • ace_9

    The rear fender is too low and horizontally flat on an overpriced model and now they’ve made it too high and too much vertically oriented on a much more overpriced real-life model 😀

  • Bob

    a 2014 Range Rover actually. I’m doing my part along with Bugatti.

Dashcam Footage Reveals Who Really Is To Blame For This Crash

Two eye witnesses blamed the driver on the left, but the camera tells a totally different story.

The Porsche Cayenne Coupe Turbo Is Scaring Fast In A Straight Line

Watch the Cayenne Coupe Turbo accelerate through to a blistering 185 mph.

Hybrid And Plug-In Hybrid To Follow C8 Corvette Stingray

GM President confirmed that the new platform of the Corvette has been designed with electrification in mind.

One-Off Pagani Huayra Hermes Edition Is Both Fierce And Lavish

Apart from the finest leather from the French luxury house, this Huayra also features the desirable Tempesta package.

Would You Cough Up $50K To Get A 330 HP, Hoonigan-Style Fiesta ST?

This ST sports a WRC-like body kit, highly tuned engine and Hoonicorn livery, so it’s anything but subtle.

Alpine A110 Gains Premium Interior Courtesy Of Carlex Design

This A110 is rocking white leather on the seats, dashboard and center console, making the spartan cabin more pleasant .

The Peugeot 508 Is Good, But Is It Volkswagen Arteon Good?

The stylish French saloon was once again put to the test, revealing its ups and downs.

Forget The Cupra Ateca; From 2020, It’s The Formentor You’ll Want To Get

It may be a tad less powerful than its counterpart, but the Formentor should be better overall.

JLR Wants To Turn Plastic Waste Into Premium Materials

Jaguar Land Rover is experimenting with an innovative recycling process that could also benefit the environment .

Hyundai’s Active Shift Control Tech Cuts Hybrid Gear Shift Time By 30 Percent

The tech will debut on the Sonata Hybrid, with other Hyundai and Kia hybrids to follow.