Lego built a drivable Bugatti Chiron with over 1 million pieces

Bugatti is known for assembling super fast, mind-bogglingly expensive cars by hand. Of course, even if you have the cash, they’re rare enough that you’d probably be better off building your own. According to Lego, that’s apparently possible. The toy brick company announced on Thursday that it built a life-sized working replica of a $2.6 million Bugatti Chiron.

Much like its counterpart, the Lego Chiron has some outrageous specs... they just happen to be outrageous in a much different way. The motor — which is also made of Lego — generates only 5.3 horsepower. The car reached speeds of a little more than 12 miles per hour (though it has a “theoretical” top speed of about 18mph) during test runs, and the whole thing weighs over 3,000 pounds.

It takes 20 people six months to put together the 1,800 parts that make up the real Bugatti Chiron. The Lego Chiron took around the same amount of time to build, but it’s comprised of over 1 million Lego Technic pieces, including 2,304 Power Function motors, 4,032 gear wheels, and 2,016 axles. There’s a functional speedometer made from Lego, and it even has a working active rear spoiler that pops up on the back end of the car, just like the real thing. The Lego doors, headlights, taillights, steering wheel, and brake pedal all work, too. (There’s no acceleration pedal, according to Top Gear.)

It looks like the Lego Chiron took an enormous effort to build, so it’s no surprise that a few corners had to be cut. Lego used real Bugatti wheels and tires, and there’s a small steel frame reinforcing some parts. But, Lego stresses, it was built without using any glue. More than 90 percent of the car is Lego pieces.

For kicks, here’s how the Lego Chiron and the real Chiron stack up against each other:

Lego Chiron vs. Bugatti Chiron

Specs Lego Chiron Bugatti Chiron
Specs Lego Chiron Bugatti Chiron
Weight 1,500 kg / 3,306 lbs 1,996 kg / 4,400 lbs
Top Speed 18 mph 261 mph
0-60mph time 2.5 seconds
Engine 2,304 Lego Power Function electric motors Quad turbo-charged W16
Horsepower 5.3 bhp 1,479 bhp
Torque 92Nm 1,600Nm
Drive Rear-wheel drive All-wheel drive


Seems silly.

You seem fun.

20 people 6 months. What is the total cost and what is the ROI? Marketing?

As a private company not everything is about ROI, you can do things like this purely for fun.

Marketing is a pretty decent reason for things like this.

The 20 people for six months is to build the real car. In the Top Gear article they give a figure of a year (half of that planning, half building) and 13500 man hours for the Lego version, which works out to about 7 people for 12 months of 40-hour weeks (it was probably bursty-er, but that average holds).

As others have said, this is great publicity and fun. And since they’re Scandinavian they’re not as dedicated to grinding live puppies into blood meal to boost stock value like an American multinational (if that were somehow profitable, they would, and argue this is the highest moral rectitude).

They also had to buy real bugatti wheels and brakes… that’s going to cost the salary of one or two people. I still don’t believe the skateboard is pure lego

$1 per brick, $1,000,000 LEGO Bugatti!

Those motors cost $30 each, so that’s almost $70k right there!

Seems awesome.

what happens when an accident happens? breaks in to 1 million pieces?

shut up i wants it

Crazy: over 1 million bricks
Insane: still cheaper than the actual car

(Sorry for the double post) And this is why the tires are not made out of Lego. Mythbusters segment where they build a giant lego ball and try to roll it downhill.

Lego is the biggest tire manufacturer in the world so it’s kinda ironic they didn’t use their own…

But I still want it

So when does the set come out?

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