Life size Ducati Panigale V4 R built with LEGO Technic elements

The LEGO Group has unveiled the latest life size build, unveiling a 1:1 bike to promote the recent release of LEGO Technic 42107 Ducati Panigale V4 R.

A few weeks following the launch of LEGO Technic 42107 Ducati Panigale V4 R, the LEGO Group and Ducati have had LEGO Certified Professional (LCP) Riccardo Zangelmi build a 1:1 scale model of Borgo Panigale’s Red motorcycle.

No CAD software was used in the model’s design and construction, which took 400 hours. The LEGO bike weights 180kg and contains 15,000 elements.

At the circuit in Modena, Andrea Dovizioso, official racer of the Ducati Team MotoGP, and Paolo Lazzarin, General Manager of LEGO Italia and Claudio Domenicali, Ducati CEO, saw the LEGO replica placed alongside the actual motorcycle.

42107 Ducati Panigale V4 R features a two-speed gearbox, that actually activates the V4-cylinder engine. A kickstand will allow the 646 piece build to sit on display.

“I am very happy because I never imagined I’d have the chance to unveil a bike like this. Almost everyone at some point in their lives has played with LEGO bricks at least once, but seeing up close a replica of the Panigale V4 is something incredible and at a very high level. I would like to congratulate the LEGO artist Riccardo Zangelmi for building such a true to life and detailed version of the motorcycle. I’m sure children and adults alike will be captivated by this incredible model”, says Ducati Team MotoGP rider Andrea Dovizioso.

“Taking part in this project of LEGO Italia and Ducati was the most exciting professional challenge I’d ever faced,” explains LCP Riccardo Zangelmi. “It pushed me well beyond any limit and I succeeded by crossing the finishing line as part of a team. I approached the project as an official pilot of the Borgo Panigale Company, giving it my all on the track, looking for and overcoming new challenges. I was the first to look at the two motorbikes side by side, and I am happy to have captured the DNA that characterizes both LEGO Technic and Ducati, recreating with bricks the motorbike that is symbolic of

“The Ducati Panigale V4 R is such an elegant Italian icon and a true technological masterpiece”, adds Aurélien Rouffiange, Senior Designer at LEGO Technic. “It is a pleasure and an honour for me to see the fantastic work that LEGO Italia and Ducati have achieved. It is fantastic to see how the famous motorbike built with bricks captures the curves and the unique design of the original. Furthermore, I hope that building the LEGO Technic Ducati Panigale V4 R set transmits the same intense emotions that I feel today. It should be viewed as more than just a game, I hope it will be a lure to enter the world of mechanics, power and technology. The beginning of a long journey, full of fun and enthusiasm”.

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Graham was the Editor up until November 2020. He has plenty of experience working on LEGO related projects. He has contributed to various websites and publications on topics including niche hobbies, the toy industry and education. Follw Graham on Twitter @grahamh100.

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