The Lego Chiron 1:1 is an actual life-size, drivable, glueless plastic hypercar
This is the 1:1 Lego Technic Bugatti Chiron – a life-size model of the world’s most brutal hypercar. And you can drive it. If you’re careful.
Is this for real?
Yup – the 1:1 Lego Chiron is the result of a collaboration between Lego and Bugatti. This clipped-together vision in blue is powered by 2,304 Lego Power Functions motors, arranged in a tortuously complicated engine arrangement that sits where the real Bugatti’s 8.0-litre W16 would usually go. Whereas the real Chiron’s engine gives you 1,500hp, the Lego version’s collection of plastic and 3D-printed carbon fibre gears will only put 5.3bhp to the road… so it’s not exactly rapid. It’ll get up to about 6mph. Watch it in action, and read on for all the beautiful details.
It doesn't look like Lego at first glance
We were lucky enough to get touchy-feely and hands-on with the Lego Chiron at VW’s secret test track in Germany. Often it’s the case that Lego cars look like a low-resolution blocky representation of the real thing, but when we first clapped eyes on the Chiron it took us a while to pick our jaws up off the floor and work out exactly how such a smooth-skinned, flowing shape could be sculpted using plastic bricks that aren’t particularly known for curve-friendly beauty.
The big step up over your usual Lego car is the fact that the 1:1’s skin is made out of a semi-flexible weave of Lego Technic – clipped together in a sort of honeycomb formation. This skin is laid over the Lego core of the car, and then tensioned (using Lego adjusters and a Lego screwdriver, naturally) to form the concave and convex surfaces of the Chiron.
Many bricks were used to bring you this Chironformation
So, how many bricks does it take to make a full-size, moving Lego Chiron? Over 1,000,000 in total, of 339 different types. Only a few one-off custom bricks were needed, which are mostly the translucent ones used in the headlights and taillights. Which, by the way, illuminate in the same sequence as the real Chiron when you unlock the Lego car using a real Bugatti key.
The silver steering wheel logo is made of custom-coloured bricks – we had a go at assembling the logo and it took us 45 minutes…
The other real Chiron parts include the wheels, which are straight off the Molsheim production line and presumably cost the same as a brand-new-in-box limited edition Lego model of Mother Teresa.
No glue needed
Yep, the build team used a Lego screwdriver to adjust parts of the engine – a real screwdriver had too much torque
If you’ve clapped eyes on a large Lego car, building or film character before then chances are you’ve been looking at a metal or wooden structure with a glued-together veneer of Lego. Not with the Chiron. Sure, it has a steel chassis and rollcage for safety reasons, but none of the Lego is glued together – it’s all held together by gravity. The roof, front bonnet and rear deck are all huge sheets of Lego carefully designed not only to hold their own weight, but to do so while driving. Slowly admittedly, but driving nonetheless.
The details are all there
If you can think of a feature on a real Chiron, then chances are it’s been crafted out of tiny plastic bricks in the 1:1.
For example, the Chiron’s speedo is present and fully functional – albeit made entirely out of Lego. It’s designed to show speeds up to 60km/h, which is about 50km/h on the ambitious side. Other features include doors that are made entirely of Lego, which is no mean feat when you consider how strong the hinges must be.
The piece de resistance, however, has to be the 1:1’s rear wing. Just like the real thing, it can move up and tilt as an airbrake. It’s powered entirely by Lego motors and a fiendishly sinuous system of Lego pneumatics, operating at 2.8 bar. Oh, and you can see the system pressure on a readout on the dashboard.
And that, ladies and gentlemen, is why the Lego Chiron 1:1 is the coolest toy car in the world.