If you’re wondering if the LEGO powered car you’ve seen videos of on Youtube and Facebook really does drive, then yes it does drive and the engine is made of Lego and runs on air.
Air? WTF? How does a plastic engine made of lego run on air and push a full-size car? you ask?
I’m no engineer but I know if you get enough small engine ‘air-pumps’ together and get the gearing right, they can create enough force to turn some wheels.
Quoting from their website.
This is “A car made of Lego, that drives, has an engine made from Lego which runs on air. (wheels and some load bearing elements are non-Lego)
It is the brainchild of Melbourne entrepreneur and marketing guy Steve Sammartino and Raul Oaida, a 20-year-old self-taught technology genius from Romania who Steve met on the internet.
How much did this project cost?
The whole was project crowd funded which Steve was able to manage with a single Tweet:
Anyone interested in investing $500-$1000 in a project which is awesome & a world first tweet me. Need about 20 participants… #startup
— Steve Sammartino (@sammartino) February 29, 2012
Super Awesome Micro Project Factoids
- More than 500,000 LEGO pieces were used.
- The car engine is made from standard Lego pieces and runs on air!
- The engine has four orbital engines and a total of 256 pistons.
- Top speed is not very fast, around 20-30km (We were scared of a lego explosion so we drove it slowly)
- It was built in Romania and shipped to a secret location in suburban Melbourne.
- It’s a Hot Rod design, mainly because hot rods are cool.
What do you reckon about this project? Waste of time and money?
Or is it the coolest Lego toy to come out of Romania?
– Drift Cam