The test driver who took the full sized, working LEGO Chiron out for a spin has discussed his experience behind the brick wheel.
Earlier today, a working, drivable LEGO Technic Bugatti Chiron was revealed, with 90% of the vehicle made using LEGO elements. Former racing driver Andy Wallace was the lucky person who got behind the wheel to take it for a test drive around the Ehra Lessien proving ground in Germany.
“Driving the LEGO Chiron was a great experience, which I thoroughly enjoyed,” he said. “All those years ago I could never have imagined that one day I would actually drive a LEGO car!”
The carefully designed car drives a just over 20km/h, a more sedate speed than the actual Bugatti Chiron’s 420km/h – but it is impressive considering that the vehicle is powered by 2,304 Power Functions motors.
“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,” said Lena Dixen, Senior Vice President of Product and Marketing. “Our Technic designers and the engineers from the Kladno factory in the Czech Republic 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.”
Designers created a plan that would replicate the Bugatti Chiron as closely as possible, with an outer structure that connects triangular segments that were built separately. Even the interior – the steering wheel, the seats and the dashboard – are built using LEGO elements. 339 different Technic elements were used to make the car as accurate as possible.
“When I first saw the LEGO Chiron, I was immediately impressed by the accuracy of the model and the minute attention to detail,” Wallace said. “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.”
Those attending the Grand Prix Formula 1 event in Monza, Italy today will be able to see the mind-blowing creation in person.