As cool as the 5.3 million-dollar Lego X-Wing Fighter the Times Square-built Toymaker had – the ship did not really fly. This makes Lego's latest over-the-top build even more impressive. This life-size Bugatti Chiron has over one million Lego Technic parts and 2,304 tiny Lego electric motors that can actually reach speeds in excess of 18 miles per hour.
This is of course much slower than an actual Bugatti Chiron, which boasts a top speed of 261 miles per hour. But as impressive as a technical masterpiece is the genuine car, as one who has built my whole life with Lego, I can not even begin to ponder my logistics, a working Chiron over a million interlocking plastic parts. Lego started the construction in September 2017 (after months of planning) and finished it only a few months ago.
Surprisingly, there is not a single drop of glue in the replica that Lego's builders often use to hold larger creations together. But to wheel it on four wheels and properly carry the weight of 1,500 pounds of plastic, a human driver and a passenger, the vehicle is supported on a minimal steel frame that also contains minimal non-Lego parts for the vehicle  Many of the interior elements of the Lego Chiron do not work, brake pedal and steering wheel against it.
Everything else, from work lights and tail lights to opening doors and close, to a lavishly detailed, blocky interior (with a steering wheel, dashboard, gear lever, seats, brake pedal and mirrors) is from Lego bricks or Lego Technic pieces made. To get the colors right, Lego even had to make 56 new parts for this build, which required more than 13,400 man-hours. How much, do you think, is this Chiron insured?
Also the engine of the Chiron is from Lego.
The frame of the Chiron is strong enough to support the driver and front passenger.
The spoiler raises and lowers automatically, but at 18 mph probably does not produce much downforce.
Lego even had to build a bespoke low-torque screwdriver from Lego to help adjust the car's cylinder pistons.
The plastic interior is somehow lusher than my car is.
The replica looks almost perfect, but it's what's under the hood, or more precisely, in the trunk, that's the most impressive. Lego connected 2,304 of its Technic engines with 2,016 axles and 4,032 plastic gears to create a functional electric motor that generates more than 5.3 horsepower. That's not nearly enough power to hit you back in your seat if you accelerate in this Chiron, but it's enough to bring the model up to over 18 miles per hour, which is nothing to despise.
Understandably, Lego has no plans to put this Bugatti Chiron into production, as the printed manuals alone cost hundreds of dollars to ship. You'll have to be pleased with this much smaller replica of the ultimate dream car – at least it's easier to park.