The inception-esque model is based on the 1:8 scale Bugatti Chiron Technik kit Lego launched earlier this year, but scaled up to the size of the real car and capable of moving under its own power.
When we say this car drives, note that the roughly 1,500-kg model is capable of speeds between 20 and 30 km/h, so it won’t be challenging the actual Chiron’s 400 km/h top speed run.
This big Lego Chiron is powered by 2,304 of the same motors that come with the toy maker’s Technik kits. They’re packed into 24 packs of 96 motors each, which power the car’s rear wheels through more than 4,000 Lego Technik gear wheels. Total power output is 5.3 hp and 68 lb-ft of torque.
While this project is certainly impressive, in some ways it’s actually less technically complicated than the Chiron Technik kit. It lacks that smaller model’s working transmission, instead driving the rear wheels directly through an electromagnetic clutch. However, it does use electric motors and Lego pneumatic pumps to operate a movable rear spoiler like that on the real car.
The only non-Lego bits on the Chiron project are a steel frame (deemed necessary to support the weight of the body), hydraulic brakes from a go-kart, electric power steering scavenged from an ATV, teflon washers that serve as motor bearings, and a steel chain and gear wheel setup that puts power to the rear wheels. Oh, and the wheels and tires, by the way, are the real deal — the same ones you’d find on a production version of the Chiron.
Lego doesn’t say how much it cost to put together its brick-built Chiron, but it does reveal that the folks at its factory in the Czech Republic put 13,500 hours into the project.
If you want to see this car in person, hop a plane to Monza, Italy where Lego is displaying its creation this weekend at the Italian Grand Prix Formula 1 race.