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Down Under's On Top Of Legos

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On: Thu, Dec 19, 2013 at 2:43PM | By: Karen Cook

Down Under's On Top Of Legos

If you are hoping for a car under your tree and wake up Christmas morning to find that Santa didn’t bring you one, don’t despair. You can build one for yourself out of all the Legos you may have gotten instead.

Steve Sammarito from Australia and Raul Oaida from Romania built their own full-size Lego passenger vehicle. It took over half a million Lego bricks which were used to make everything from parts of the engine to the seats. They used 256 pistons and 4 radial engines, so the vehicle doesn’t require gas. It runs on air which makes it a “green” vehicle even though it wasn’t made from green bricks. The wheels, tires, gauges, and some other structural parts also couldn’t be built from plastic pieces and had to be bought.

The hot rod-looking car was built in Romania and shipped to Australia for road testing. The two weren’t too concerned about damage during shipping. The pieces could simply be snapped back together, just like the Star Wars Millennium Falcon that gets dropped on the floor. Well, yes and no. Traveling from cold Romania across the equator and on to hot Australia caused the pieces to freeze and heat up. The pieces warped and were not able to be reattached. But the damage was eventually repaired and the car hit the streets.

After all the building, shipping, repairing, and a $60,000 investment the car finally took its maiden voyage and traveled at almost 20 mph. The designers believe it can go faster, but are fearful of a explosion of Lego bricks and they don’t want to push it.

If you have the time and the required mechanical skill and parts there’s finally a use for all those Lego pieces taking up space in the back of your closet. If you need more inspiration, check out the video:


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