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Lego Technic puts together exquisite, 3,599-piece Bugatti Chiron model

Lego Technic puts together exq...
Placed beside the real Bugatti Chiron, the Lego model is a remarkably faithful rendition
Placed beside the real Bugatti Chiron, the Lego model is a remarkably faithful rendition
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Lego Technic designer Aurelien Rouffiange at the Bugatti factory in France
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Lego Technic designer Aurelien Rouffiange at the Bugatti factory in France
The Lego Technic Bugatti Chiron has 3,599 pieces to contend with
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The Lego Technic Bugatti Chiron has 3,599 pieces to contend with
Lego Technic designer Aurelien Rouffiange examines his finished work
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Lego Technic designer Aurelien Rouffiange examines his finished work
Left: Bugatti Chiron. Right: Lego Technic Bugatti Chiron
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Left: Bugatti Chiron. Right: Lego Technic Bugatti Chiron
Lego Technic Bugatti Chiron: rear view
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Lego Technic Bugatti Chiron: rear view
Placed beside the real Bugatti Chiron, the Lego model is a remarkably faithful rendition
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Placed beside the real Bugatti Chiron, the Lego model is a remarkably faithful rendition
Lego Technic Bugatti Chiron: side view
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Lego Technic Bugatti Chiron: side view
Lego Technic Bugatti Chiron: with plenty of moving parts, from the aerodynamic rear wing all the way down to the pistons in the motor
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Lego Technic Bugatti Chiron: with plenty of moving parts, from the aerodynamic rear wing all the way down to the pistons in the motor

Following on from the recent Lego Porsche 911 GT3 RS model, Lego has extended its Technic range to include a one-eighth scale, beautiful reproduction of the Bugatti Chiron. Designers visited the Bugatti factory to get hands-on with the iconic supercar and help them create their model, which is 22 in long (56 cm) and issues a 3,599-piece challenge to Lego aficionados around the world.

Beautiful details are everywhere on the scaled down Chiron, from the W16 engine (with moving pistons and an 8-speed gearbox, no less), to the active rear wing that lifts up and down, to a detailed cabin with moving paddle gear shifters, and a "stylish Bugatti overnight bag" under the hood.

Lego Technic Bugatti Chiron: with plenty of moving parts, from the aerodynamic rear wing all the way down to the pistons in the motor
Lego Technic Bugatti Chiron: with plenty of moving parts, from the aerodynamic rear wing all the way down to the pistons in the motor

The real Bugatti Chiron is capable of doing 0-248.5 mph (400 km/h) in a blistering 42 seconds, but only once you insert a special "speed key" to unlock maximum performance from its massive 1,500-hp quad-turbo engine. The Lego model includes a similar "speed key" of its own, in this case to lift the rear wing up and down.

The end result is pretty stunning, even moreso when photographed next to the real thing to highlight just how faithful the proportions and lines are. For US$349 a pop, it's a touch more expensive than your average Lego kit, and it's also one targeted at kids of the big variety

Enjoy a video detailing the design team's trip to the Bugatti factory below.

Behind the scenes: LEGO Technic visits the Bugatti headquarters in Molsheim, France

Source: Lego

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