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Scaled Land Speed Attempt: How Fast Can A Bugatti Made From Legos Go?


Scaled Land Speed Attempt: How Fast Can A Bugatti Made From Legos Go?

Ever since the arrival of the Veyron, Bugatti has been one of, if not the top-tier point of automotive land speed, factory-direct. Utilizing quad-turbocharged W-16 engines and all-wheel-drive, the Veyron and it’s successor, the Chiron have managed to knock out speed tests that blister the mind. This is a street-legal, road-going vehicle that can go from a dead stop to 249 miles and hour and back to standing still in 41.96 seconds and about two miles of distance. The Chiron is a mental machine, the leading edge of what can be done with four wheels and an engine that doesn’t fly. Yes, it’s royally expensive. Yes, it’s exclusive, and no, nobody is ever going to let us get near one without some kind of security check over first.

But you can own one…if you’re willing to plonk down about $350 for Lego Technic set #42083 and you’re willing to put the time into assembling the 3,599 individual pieces into a complete representation of the Chiron, including a functional 8-speed gearbox and W-16 engine. It’s the kind of thing you hoped you’d get for Christmas…Mom would be putting her 1,000 piece puzzle of a field of flowers and puppies together, you’d be putting together your newest car.

But here’s a thought: Just how fast can the Lego version go? The Technic Bugatti is a 1/8 scale example of the actual car, which has been clocked officially at 249 miles per hour. 249 divided by eight equals 31.125 MPH. Think that can be achieved before someone crashes the Lego model? Wonder how they even got it to run that fast in the first place?


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