Owning supercars are a goal many strive to reach. Even though our world can be harsh and cruel, some people eventually manage to fulfill their dreams, while for others the ownership of a multi-million dollar car remains just that, a dream. But, there’s always a bright light bulb shining above someone’s head, helping them find the way towards their goals. In the case of this gorgeous life-size Lego Bugatti Chiron, a couple of light bulbs is exactly what went off at Lego HQ.
When Lego set out to make this replica, they wanted to do it so that it’s as life-like as possible. Looking at the images, I can honestly say that they did it. The replica Chiron has some things in common with the real deal. For starters, the wheels came from a real Chiron to help the Lego version look like the original. Step back a couple of feet, and you won’t notice the difference between the two.
Brick By Brick A Lego Bugatti Chiron Is Born
When speaking of numbers, they both have the number, one million in common. No, the Bugatti that Lego made is not worth one million, but instead, it’s been built with over one million Lego Technics bricks. The prestigious hand-built attribute is there as well, with all the bricks being hand-assembled without the use of glue or any other adhesive. As you might imagine, it took a lot of time to assemble everything, with the clock stopping at 13000 hours.
Looking at the front fascia and that angry rear, you’ll probably say that the lights are real as well. I completely understand where you’re coming from, as I thought the same. Unfortunately for us, we’re wrong. Lego masterfully managed to make the lights using their legendary bricks. Gracing the rear is a working wing, powered by Lego’s pneumatic actuators.
Lego blocks were also used in the interior which I think looks somewhat 8-bit. Unlike the detailed two-tone blue skin that is made using triangulation of the bricks, the interior is fully rectangular. There’s a functional dashboard with the speedo measuring up to 37 MPH, a removable steering wheel, and a functional brake pedal. The gear shifter and paddles behind the wheel are there just for the looks, as the Lego Bugatti Chiron doesn’t have gears. Speaking of missing things, there’s no gas pedal either, even though the 1:1 scale toy is electrically powered.
With their replica, Lego wanted it to be functional. As mentioned, it is electric powered and capable of reaching a groundbreaking 18 MPH. The juice comes from 2 batteries powering about 2,300 Lego motors, with power transfer being handled by over 4,000 Lego gear wheels. The reason for having no gas pedal is that there’s nothing to control. The speed is directly proportional to the battery voltage.
Stopping power can be modulated in this 3000-pound replica. The fully functional steering has been borrowed from an unassuming ATV.
Underneath the smooth skin, there is a scratch built steel chassis that’s used to lug all the weight around. For safety reasons, the blocky interior features a sturdy roll-cage, while the underside has four steel plates destined to be used for maintenance and transportation.
Before the production of the synthetic Chiron even began, the Lego team over at their Klando factory in the Czech Republic knew that their molded bricks are not strong enough to withstand the bolting force coming out of a regular drill. For that reason, they made a one-off drill for the sole purpose of bolting the bricks together. And yes, it too is made out of Lego bricks, motors and gear drives.
Keeping Up With Tradition
The main début of the cloned Chiron was at the recent Monza F1 race, held in Italy. However, the Lego Bugatti Chiron had its maiden voyage on VW’s Ehra Lessien proving grounds in June, as a hats off to the W16 power-plants, the Chiron and the Veyron.
I know that all of this is super cool and that it has awakened your inner child to the extent of you wanting one of these as a kit. Sadly, the chances of you building one from a kit will probably never happen, as this was a one-off thing. Unless you give Lego a suitcase load of cash that is, then they may want to build you one.