• LEGO Technic Seriously Created a Life-Sized, Functional Bugatti Chiron

Shut up and take my money!

Keeping kids happily busy since 1949, LEGO has evolved from a company that builds plastic construction toys into one that makes complex models with technical functions through its Technic division. Following a series of scale models based on existing cars, LEGO Technic just launched a life-sized, fully functional Bugatti Chiron.

Yup, you read that correctly. Lego just built a full-size replica of the 1,500-horsepower supercar. What’s more, it can seat two people, and it’s fully functional, powered by motors from the LEGO Power Function platform. Insane, right?

While the smaller replicas look more or less like the rear deal, the full-sized Chiron looks impressively authentic.

LEGO even used two of the company's trademark colors, with the front section finished in light blue and the rear section made with parts painted in a darker shade.

It even has the quad-element headlamps, "Bugatti" badges, and the Atlantic-inspired engine hood.

LEGO used more than one million parts to build the car that sets many benchmarks for the Danish company. Specifically, it’s the first fully-functional and self-propelled LEGO Technic car and the first model to have a non-glued construction. It’s also the first large model powered by LEGO motors and the first to use load-bearing parts built purely out of LEGO Technic bricks and elements. It also incorporates 58 types of custom-made parts.

Obviously, the main highlight here is that it can be driven like a real car. The so-called engine was assembled from 2,304 LEGO Power Function parts, 4,032 gear wheels, and 2,016 cross axles. LEGO says it produces 5.3 horsepower and around 68 pound-feet of torque, propelling the plastic Chiron to a top speed of a little over 20 km/h, or 12.4 mph. Granted, that’s far from fast, but hey, it’s a car made from LEGO parts, and it doesn’t require any type of fuel.

The full-size model also has a functional rear spoiler and a functional speedometer built entirely from LEGO Technic parts.

The badges and wheels are authentic Bugatti parts. The model weighs around 3,307 pounds, about 1,100 pounds less than the rear deal. No less than 13,438 man hours were spent on development and construction.

The LEGO supercar will be unveiled at the Grand Prix Formula 1 event in Monza, Italy, on August 30. There’s no word as to how much this "toy" costs, but given the size, the numerous man hours required for the project, and the real Bugatti Chiron wheels, I’m pretty sure it will make a Toyota Camry seem really cheap.

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Press release

First Ever Life-Size and Drivable LEGO Technic Bugatti Chiron Is a Pioneering Piece of Engineering and Design

Testament that with LEGO Technic you can build for real, this non-glued, fully-functional and self-propelled LEGO Technic model can fit two passengers inside and accelerate to over 20km/h

Perfectly recreating the organic design lines of the world’s fastest production car – the iconic Bugatti Chiron – the LEGO Technic life-size model pushes the boundaries of what LEGO builders imagined was possible to build in LEGO elements.

The model is the first large scale movable construction developed using over 1,000,000 LEGO Technic elements and powered exclusively using motors from the LEGO Power Function platform. Packed with 2,304 motors and 4,032 LEGO Technic gear wheels, the engine of this 1.5 tonnes car is generating 5.3 horse power and an estimated torque of 92 Nm.

Lena Dixen, Senior Vice President of Product and Marketing at the LEGO Group said:

“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. For over 40 years, LEGO Technic has allowed fans of all ages to test their creativity with a building system that challenges them to go beyond just creating new designs, to also engineering new functions. 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.”

A fascinating feat of design and engineering
Seen from a distance side by side, the resemblance of the two cars is striking. Get closer and you will find a fascinating and complex outer ‘skin’ structure, built of interconnected triangular segments made into a LEGO Technic ‘fabric’ designed to mimic the iconic shapes of the original Chiron. Peek inside and discover that every single detail of the original car has been carefully and precisely recreated in LEGO Technic elements – from seats, to dashboard and the steering wheel.

Equipped with a rear spoiler, speedometer, front and back-lights, detachable steering wheel and brake pedal, all fully functional and built of LEGO Technic elements, the model is a dream come true for any LEGO fan. Building it required the use of 339 types of LEGO Technic elements, and over 13,000 work hours of development and construction.

A test drive like no other
Building a one of a kind LEGO Technic life-size car is one part of the task. Testing if it can drive is another. And what better location than the same place where the real Chiron was first tested – Ehra Lessien proving ground in Germany – a unique facility built to handle speed.

One weekend afternoon, the LEGO model took off and accelerated to everyone’s joy and amazement. And while it may not match the original Bugatti Chiron’s mindboggling 420 km/h speed, the LEGO Technic’s power function motors have managed the impressive performance to propel it to a little over 20km/h – ultimately making the ‘Build for Real’ idea truly complete.

Andy Wallace – the driver behind the LEGO Technic Chiron – former racing driver with multiple wins of the 24 Hours of Le Mans and Daytona, as well as many other races, and today official Bugatti pilot, said:

"When I first saw the LEGO Chiron, I was immediately impressed by the accuracy of the model and the minute attention to detail. In fact, from about 20 metres away it’s not obvious that you are looking at a LEGO car. I can only imagine how much time and effort went into making this model."

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

The Chiron is the ultimate super sports car and the latest interpretation of Bugatti’s brand values ‚Art Forme Technique‘. With a power output of 1,500 HP, unprecedented for production vehicles, an exceptionally high torque value of 1,600 Nm between 2,000 and 6,000 rpm and a wide variety of technical innovations, the Chiron sets new standards in every respect. The Chiron is not only designed for maximum speed, but also meets the highest possible demands in terms of luxury, comfort, everyday drivability and durability. The Chiron combines the best in all these areas which makes it the world’s most complete super sports car.

For more images, videos and complete model factsheet, please visit: https://www.lego.com/themes/technic/bugatti-chiron/media only active once embargo is lifted.

Note to editors
The LEGO Technic life-size Bugatti Chiron will be unveiled for the first time at the Grand Prix Formula 1 event in Monza, Italy, in August 30. For information about the LEGO event at Monza, Italy, get in touch with Serena Aquili at Serena.Aquili@LEGO.com

For general info: media@lego.com

The model is a first of its kind in many ways:
• first fully-functional self-propelled life-size LEGO TECHNIC car
• first non-glued LEGO TECHNIC model of such complexity
• first large model powered using LEGO TECHNIC power function motors
• first large-scale moving model using LEGO TECHNIC bricks & elements
• first time to create new types of transparent LEGO TECHNIC bricks
• first time to create load bearing parts build purely out of LEGO TECHNIC bricks & elements.
…using 58 types of TECHNIC custom-made elements

Facts and numbers:
• Over 1,000,000 LEGO elements in total
• 339 types of LEGO TECHNIC elements used
• No glue used in the assembly
• Total weight: 1500 kg
• Engine contains:
 2,304 LEGO Power Function Motors
 4,032 LEGO TECHNIC gear wheels
 2,016 LEGO TECHNIC cross axles
• Theoretical performance of 5.3 HP
• Estimated Torque of 92 Nm
• Functional rear spoiler (using both LEGO Power Functions and Pneumatics)
• Functional speedometer built entirely from LEGO TECHNIC elements
• 13,438-man hours used on development and construction
• The model comes with real Bugatti Chiron wheels and emblem

About Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S
Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S. is the manufacturer of the ultimate production super sports car. Since it was established in 1909, the French luxury brand has had its headquarters at Molsheim, Alsace, where 450 Veyrons were produced from 2005 to 2015 and where the new Chiron, which is limited to 500 cars, is being hand-crafted today.

The brand, which has been part of the Volkswagen Group since 1998, has 34 dealers and service partners in 17 countries in Europe, North America, the Arabian Peninsula and Asia/Pacific. www.bugatti.com

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