Lego has an impressive history of building life-sized versions of real cars.
But they really went the extra mile on this one. This life-sized Lego Bugatti Chiron not only looks identical to the real thing, but it actually drives (albeit really slowly). Plus, Lego managed to throw in some other impressive and life-like details.
Perfection Takes Time
In total, the project took an astounding 13,500 hours to complete. Lego built their Chiron using over 1 million Lego Technic pieces. In order to make it drive, Lego made use of 2,304 motors, connected in 96-motor packs. The total system output is 5.3 horsepower and a fairly impressive 68 lb-ft of torque (blah-blah electric motors, torque at 0 RPM). Lego did have to cheat slightly, so the Chiron has a steel frame, 3D printed gears, some batteries and real Bugatti Chiron Wheels. That being said, it’s still an impressive project.
It’s Not Cheap…
Let’s do a little math to figure out how much this would cost the lay person to build. The average Lego piece costs 10.4 cents, so there is $115,000 in the lego pieces (calculated using 1.1 million pieces), plus $70,000 for all the motors. It is hard to put a price on the frame, wheels, and battery. But let’s just say another $30,000 for good measure, at the very least. Oh and the time to build it. If you were paying one person minimum wage, in the US, there goes another $97,875. Roughly speaking, if my guesses are relatively close, you are going to need to fork over somewhere around $312,875 for this Lego Bugatti Chiron. A real version would cost you $2.7 million, so if you want a bargain Chiron, Lego may be the way to go.
There are some slight differences in performance. Namely, the Lego version has a theoretical top speed of just 19 MPH, a bit less than Bugatti’s electronically limited 261 MPH top speed. To be clear, they were only doing 13 MPH in the video.
Fortunately, you do still get some cool features despite the lack of performance. There is an adjustable active spoiler, removable steering wheel, button control panel for the lights (which work) & wing, working doors, and a working speedo made out of Lego pieces.
Alternatively, you can buy the smaller Lego Technics version of the Bugatti Chiron for $350, if $300,000 sounds too expensive.
You will be able to see the Lego Bugatti Chiron at the Italian Gran Prix in Monza.
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