If you thought Lego cars were little more than a few plastic bricks with simple wheels slapped on the bottom, there’s a full-size, functional Bugatti Chiron that would like to have a word with you.
Unveiled at the Grand Prix Formula 1 event in Monza, Italy, the model is made of over one million Lego Technic pieces, down to its very engine: a block of over 2,300 Lego Power Function motors and over 4,000 Technic gear wheels that give the replica Chiron a respectable 5.3 horsepower and a modest but impressive (considering the context) top speed of just over 12 miles per hour. Hardly a shadow of a shadow of the real thing, but jaw-dropping in its own way.
The car weighs over 1.5 tons and took 13,000 work hours to design and build and was driven by racer Andy Wallace, winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans and 24 Hours of Daytona. Clearly he won’t be driving this one to any victories, but that he could drive it at all is victory enough.
Originally published on Popular Mechanics USA