Thursday, December 19, 2013

Week TechVideo, 2013 #51 - Life size working LEGO car

Surprised with the title!?
That's it, you read it right!

"The Super Awesome Micro Project" as the authors call it - a full sized and working car made with LEGO bricks, with an engine also made with LEGO elements that runs on air.

It is the brainchild of a Melbourne entrepreneur Steve Sammartino and Raul Oaida, a teenage from Romania who Steve met on the internet.
Steve crowd funded the project via twitter with a single tweet:

"Super Awesome Micro Project" Factoids:

  • The engine is made from standard LEGO pieces and runs on air!
  • The engine has four orbital engines and a total of 256 pistons.
  • More than 500,000 LEGO pieces used.
  • Top speed around 20-30 km/h
  • Built in Romania and shipped to a secret location in Melbourne...
  • It's a Hot Rod design, mainly because hot rods are cool.

There are amazing examples of small car models made with LEGO and we already knew there are no limits to what one can build with LEGO, but this is just awesome!

The car is entirely made of LEGO with the exception of the tires and a few bearings in the axles.
To make it move there is an engine powered by compressed air, much like many small LEGO Pneumatic Engines (LPE) we already saw many examples here. However in this case, the air moves four LEGO motors with 64 cylinders each.

Although this car is rated to run at a 30 km/h top speed, its creators do not dare such incredible velocities, scared of a tremendous blast of LEGO bricks...
The advantage is that in case of accident one just need to reassemble the broken sections, enter the car and move on.

Someone will get crazy with so many pneumatic cylinders in one place...


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Dave said...

It's not too late to ask Santa to place one of these in your driveway!

Allanp said...

Dear santa....

I have no words that can describe this awesomeness, it awestupenfantascular!!!!!

a scanner darkly said...

" with the exception of the tires and a few bearings in the axles"

this is incorrect as you can see the steering kingpins and associated parts are from a gocart and the owners themselves claim there is a frame in there for the whole thing

kABUSE said...

Metal frame covered with legos :(

The engine is impressive but as you can see at 1:33 it is also attached to that giant red non-lego axle.

TechnicBRICKs said...

I acknowledge this is not a 100% accurate statement.

Although I've not seen it written myself, I also believed there might be at least a supporting metal structure.

Nevertheless main idea was to emphasize the huge model and unusual percentage of LEGO in this car as well as the functions where it is utilized.

Sorry for the inaccuracy. ;)

crowkillers said...

You give Alex, Nathanael, and me $100,000 and we'll build a 100% Lego car that can be driven... ;)

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