Lego Technic has released a 3,599-piece Bugatti Chiron model

And it's big
by Ollie Kew | Jun 3, 2018

The Bugatti Chiron’s place in history is assured. Not because of speed records—we’re still waiting for a de-limited, v-max run. We refer instead to today’s news, in which the Chiron has joined the exclusive club of cars immortalized in Lego Technic. And it’s big.

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We’re talking 3,599 pieces, constructing a model measuring 14cm tall, 56cm long and 25cm wide, making it 1:8th scale. For your nerd-tastic reference, the Lego Porsche 911 GT3 RS model only contained a measly 2,704 pieces to tread on in agony during a midnight toilet stumble, though its dimensions match the Bugatti’s.

That hints at the complexity beneath, and Lego’s Chiron faithfully recreates the engineering that propels the life-size version to a limited 430kph. It’s got a W16 engine with 16 flailing pistons, an eight-speed gearbox, and working paddle shifters and steering. Under the hood, you’ll find a unique serial number, and there’s a ‘collector’s booklet’ included in the set.

Bugatti boss Stephan Winkelmann said: “The Lego Technic model of the Bugatti Chiron is an expression of this perfect relationship. I am impressed at the precision and refinement with which our super sports car has been translated into the Lego world.”

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Hmm, are you sure, Stephan? We can’t fault the detail of the headlights and the intricate wheels, nor the pop-up rear spoiler. But it looks a bit, well, flat to TG’s eyes, as if it’s been trodden on at the back. Which, in fairness, is what gives Lego its pain-in-the-foot reputation.

So, Lego fans, will you be spending several thousand pesos to own the most complex Lego supercar ever?

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NOTE: This article first appeared on Minor edits have been made. 

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