We live in the ultimate age of do-it-yourself. Tutorials are plentiful, parts are easily accessible worldwide, and our existential malaise makes us more willing to participate in otherwise unadvisable activities.
Witness then, the Bugatti Chiron built mostly from Lego Technics (Technics are the next step up from your classic building blocks). With 13,500 hours of work, several months of planning and about a year of building, the 1.5-tonne model actually drives. F’realsies.
It utilizes 96 Lego motors, arranged as 24 motor ‘packs’, built onto a steel frame. It uses a steel chain that powers the wheels. Proper windows are used for the windshield and windows (none of those vaguely translucent Lego windows, then,) and houses a series of batteries.
The steering wheel is removable, the spoiler adjustable, the speedometer accurate and the doors functional. The engines are good for close to a half-dozen horsepower, and it tops out at 13 MPH, just shy of a real Chiron’s 261 MPH from its near-1500hp engine.
The designers did a helluva job matching the styling of the original. From the headlights to the air dam to the carbon fiber, the car would be almost indistinguishable from the real thing at 10 feet and five beers. Repairs would be a fraction of the cost, too.
While something like this isn’t really feasible for the average joe (parts alone are approximated at $70,000) it is a testament to what is possible with everyday objects. This specific project requires an incredibly complex degree of engineering, but with a number of available shortcuts at our disposal, this is sure to inspire a generation willing to duct-tape themselves a hypercar out of lawn mower engines Mega Blocks.