Who doesn’t love Lego?
OK, maybe parents who step on stray bricks in bare feet on a regular basis? But apart from them, who doesn’t love Lego?
I don’t know why I got to thinking about it, but I decided to look around the net for cars made from Lego….. and there are tons of them.
Here are some of my favourites.
Here’s a giant Ford Explorer made out of 380,000 Lego pieces. This was a joint effort between Ford and Legoland Florida. It was said to be the first effort in a long term partnership between the two but I can’t find any examples to suggest the partnership is ongoing.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the US, Legoland California put together this Volvo XC90 for display back in 2004. I can’t find a photo, but I’m pretty sure I saw this car in person at Swedish Car Day in Boston, back in 2010. Pierre?
Anyway……. it’s big, it’s blue and – fitting for a Volvo – it’s made out of bricks 🙂
Another full-size Lego-mobile, but this one comes with a couple of life-size Lego men that you can sit inside it 🙂
Tyrrell P34 6-wheel F1 car
Let’s move down in size a little from those monolithic Lego creations to something a little more of the size you might build at home.
The Tyrrell P34 might be a blip in Formula 1 history, but like most automotive blips, it’s a popular, interesting and notable blip. Tyrrell shocked the F1 world when it unveiled the P34 in the mid 1970’s and the icing on the cake came with a 1-2 finish in the Swedish Grand Prix of 1976 – the car’s only Grand Prix win and the only win ever for a six-wheeled car.
This Lego model of the Tyrrell is a wonderful example of a fan’s dedication, with the most important bits all in place right down to the small front quartet of wheels balancing out the two large rear wheels. You can see more here.
OK, so it’s not a car, but it sort of crosses the bridge between what you’ve just seen and what you’ll see in a moment.
There are a few Lego engines out there but I especially liked this one thanks to the distributor and the glowing leads meant to show the spark. This video starts slow but he cranks it up a little around the 55 second mark.
Full Size Lego Driver!
OK, let’s up-size again. But this one’s notable because it’s full-size, it works – and it was built in Australia 🙂
The basic figures: 4 orbital engines, 256 pistons and around 500,000 pieces of Lego! There are only two non-Lego parts, which are the struts carrying all the weight and the tyres. The rest is all Lego.
The car runs on compressed air. It doesn’t run far, but it does run. Watch the video.
Most of what you see here is the work of a bunch of dedicated Lego-geeks, guys who love to lock themselves in a room full of plastic tubs sorted into different sizes and colours.
Occasionally, though, the geekiest of the Lego geeks – the Lego company itself – releases a car model for people to collect. Such is the case with this VW Camper, complete with opening doors and windows, pop-top, real textile curtains and a little boxer engine in the boot.
What’s a Sheepo, I hear you say?
It’s not what, but who. Sheepo is a guy from Spain and he makes the geeks working at Lego look like Beaker from the Muppets. This guy is into building some seriously technical stuff, including components like torsion beam and multi-link rear axles as well as little trolley jacks so your lego men can raise the cars themselves 🙂
And he even gives out the instructions so you can do it yourself!
The video below shows his Caterham 7 (especially for Gavin 🙂 ). Sheepo’s also built a Shelby Mustang, a Land Rover Defender and even a Peterbuilt truck!
Check out Sheepo’s Garage.
Like Sheepo, Sariel is another Lego Technic enthusiast who builds amazing vehicles using only Lego parts.
This Enzo is one such vehicle. That’s some nice photography, too.
Sariel’s Enzo video provides a wonderful insight into just how technical these vehicles get. Just like a real vehicle, there’s all sorts of packaging issues to consider in order to get all the motors and pneumatics inside an Enzo-shaped shell.
Outstanding. Check out Sariel’s website for more.
Here’s one final custom creation – one that was too cute to leave out.
This is made by another custom-builder, named Nico. I love the look and the crazy Citroen suspension on this one 🙂