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This Life-Size Bugatti is Made from Lego — Even the Engine

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Is there anything you can’t do with a giant pile of Legos? Maybe. But the list of things you can do with the plastic blocks continues to grow. Take this full-scale, working Bugatti Chiron for example. While it isn’t going to beat a real Bugatti on the track, this one is made almost entirely out of Legos. And now the car is hitting the road.

The crash testing for this car would be epic. The team behind the build hasn’t gone that far yet.

“Made up of 339 different types of LEGO Technic elements totaling more than a million pieces (and assembled without glue),” Forbes writes, “the LEGO Technic Bugatti Chiron can accommodate up to two passengers and showcases many of the same design details as the original.”

There are more than a million pieces in the build and all of them are held together with Lego’s famous Clutch Power.

The car can seat two and is built to closely resemble the original in every way possible.

“That includes everything from the seats and the dashboard to the steering wheel (emblazoned with a custom silver-coated Bugatti logo crafted out of 72 Technic bricks) and outer shell,” Forbes writes, “which is coated with a custom ‘skin’ built of interconnected triangular segments—a type of LEGO Technic fabric that can be adjusted to shape the car’s exterior form.”

Because it is almost all plastic, the car only weighs three-fourths of what a real Chiron would. But everything works. Even the doors open and close on mechanisms made entirely of Legos.

The car was built by LEGO Group designer Aurelien Rouffiange. He led a team of 16 through “13,400 man hours” of build time.

“This life-size model is a first of its kind in so many ways and with it, we wanted to push the boundaries of our own imagination,” Lena Dixen, LEGO Group senior vice president of product and marketing, said in a statement. “It’s a fascinating example of the LEGO Technic building system in action and its potential for creative reinvention.”

Now here’s the reality check. The car, as cool as it is, isn’t fast. That’s one of the big selling points of a Bugatti. Still, the Lego motors produces 5.3 horsepower and 92 Nm of torque. The car can hit top speeds of 18 mph.

The Lego Group’s build is amazing, but not for sale. There is a miniature Lego Chiron for sale at Lego for $350.