Lego Instead of Die Casting?

| Editor: Alexander Stark

Is Lego assuming the job of carmakers? If this was the case, this would also affect the die-casting sector. With the first Bugatti Chiron built entirely with Lego bricks, die casters must be well prepared.

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More than 1 million Lego Technic parts, 13,438 working hours, 5.3 hp, 92 Nm and a top speed of almost 20 km/h: The Bugatti Chiron as original-sized Lego model.
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The designer Aurelien Rouffiange and his Lego Technic design team came up with the idea of building an original-size, 1:1 scale Lego Technic version of the Bugatti Chiron. In total, the Lego Technic design team used over 1 million Lego building blocks. The designer Aurelien Rouffiange and his team came up with the idea after they had just finished the Chiron 1:8 scale model. They began by discussing the ultimate challenge for the Lego Technic construction system. A life-size self-propelled vehicle seemed to be the ultimate test. The result of 13,438 hours of work is impressive: 1,500 kg total weight, 5.3 hp theoretical power and 92 Nm estimated torque. Whereas the original model reaches a speed of just under 400 km/h, the Lego model reaches a maximum speed of just under 20 km/h. The test was carried out by the former winner of Le Mans and Bugatti Chiron test driver, Andy Wallace, on a test track near Wolfsburg. But at least it is running.


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2,304 Lego Power Functions Motors Drive the Bugatti

The model is powered by Lego Technic Power Functions motors. The drive includes: 2,304 Lego Power Functions motors, 4,032 Lego Technic gears and 2016 Lego Technic cross axles. In addition, the model has a spoiler that can be extended electrically and a working lighting system. The speedometer is also made of Lego-Technic parts.

The model was presented at the Grand Prix of Italy in Monza and is unfortunately not for sale.

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