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 immortalised in Lego Technic. And it’s big.
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 267mph. It’s got a W16 engine with 16 flailing pistons, an eight-speed gearbox, and working paddleshifters and steering. Under the bonnet, 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 sportscar has been translated into the Lego world.”
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.
The Lego Chiron retails for S$599.90 and limited quantities are available at certified Lego Stores islandwide. As a bonus, customers who purchase a Lego Chiron by 22 June 2018 will be entered into a lucky draw, where 10 winners will receive VIP passes to the Fullerton Concours D’Elegance 2018 (29 June - 1 July) and a chance to sit inside the real, working, 1:1 scale hypercar.
STORY Ollie Kew & Jonathan Lim