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Over its decades of existence, Legos have formed the foundation for some amazing creations, but this might be the best yet.
At this year’s LEGO Kids Fest in Munich, the BMW Group teamed up with LEGO to build a life-sized replica of the BMW i8 Concept vehicle. The upcoming hybrid sports car will undoubtedly be one of BMW’s hottest featuring a 1.5-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine paired with an electric motor, giving it the capability of pushing out 400 hp with both systems working.
Believe it or not, the world’s largest tire manufacturer isn’t Michelin or Goodyear, but LEGO.
Each year the toy maker molds millions of little wheels and tires each year. In fact, in 2011 alone, LEGO manufactured 381 million wheels and tires with sizes ranging from 0.5-inch to 4.2-inch.
Okay, so maybe they don’t exactly go on your car, but everyone knows what LEGO is and all of us have either owned or own a set of LEGOs. The first version of the LEGO tire we know today came out in 1962 with LEGO set number 400. It quickly became LEGO’s quickest best-seller with 820,400 of them sold by 1967.
It’s crazy to imagine that before LEGO made its own tire, clever builders would construct their own out of existing blocks. Thankfully LEGO was smart enough to acknowledge the need for its own tire and the rest is history.
WellStar Health System, a five hospital not-for-profit health system, teamed up with General Motors to create a three-dimensional visualization system to track step-by-step progress on everything from vehicle repairs to patient care…with Legos.
The same childhood building blocks we all adore, are now being used for real-world dilemmas instead of constructing toys (Like the 1966 Corvette Stingray pictured above). GM says the new system could help reduce the time needed to implement a change that would prevent future warranty repairs by 33-percent.
“The automotive and healthcare industries may be different, but we face similar challenges,” said Tim Herrick, GM global vehicle chief engineer for trucks, vans and crossovers. “If a customer visits a dealership service department they expect their car to run better afterward, much like a sick or injured person expects to feel better after going to the hospital. 3-D Visualization helps manage both processes more efficiently.”
Instead of complex computer algorithms or fancy 3-D programs, the Lego-based system is built on GM’s Problem Resolution Tracking System. When a problem arises, a corresponding Lego block goes on a Lego board. The bigger the block, the bigger the problem; while the color designates what are of the vehicle needs fixing. Each Lego block is labeled with a number and date of discovery with the board showing its progress from cause to solution to outcome.
GM isn’t only using this neat system for warranty repair tracking. The American automaker is planning to implement it to track vehicle program engineering changes and program budgets. A digital version has already been developed to deploy worldwide.
When it comes to historic automobiles like the Honda RA272, which was the first Japanese car to win a Formula One Grand Prix, memorabilia is hard to come by.
So what’s a fan to do? Build it of course. This Lego Honda RA272 was built by “Biczzz” and is simply a work of art. In fact, at some angles, you really have to inspect to realize it’s made out of Legos. Clearly “Biczzz” wanted to pay homage to the race car Honda used for the 1965 Formula One season, which was powered by a 1.5-liter V12 engine that had 230 hp but revved up to a screaming 14,000 rpm.
When it became the first Japanese car to win a Formula One Grand Prix, it did it in impressive fashion. Richie Ginther drove it at the Mexican Grand Prix and led from start to finish.
Projects like this make the Lego projects most people did as kids look like, well, child’s play.
GALLERY: Lego Honda RA272
[Source: Farm of Minds]
LEGO has to be the best toy ever! You can build anything with those colorful little bricks – including a full-sized Ford Explorer. It’s on display at the Chicago Assembly Plant, but will be making it’s way to the new Ford Driving School at the LEGOLAND Florida Theme Park.
Made from more than 380,000 LEGO bricks, the bright red LEGOLAND Florida edition Explorer was created by 22 designers (you have a great job if you get to build a LEGO car and get paid for it). It tips the scales at 2,654 pounds and sits on a 768-pound interior aluminum base.
It’s sitting pretty at Ford’s Chicago plant, which produces the Explorer, but will soon be making the trip across country to Florida. It’ll make the journey in a trailer with transparent sides, offering motorists a unique change of scenery. The LEGO Explorer’s final destination is the new 150-acre LEGOLAND Florida theme park just outside Orlando. If you’re planning a trip there, you’ll find this attraction in front the Ford Driving School for children.
“Ford is excited to support the alliance between LEGOLAND Florida and the Southeast Ford dealers. The LEGOLAND Florida Explorer and the Ford Driving School attraction are great opportunities to showcase our products and safety messages to families and visitors in a unique way,” said Tracy Magee, Ford Experiential Marketing manager.
The new LEGOLAND opens its gates on October 15, and will feature than 50 family-focused rides, shows and attractions and a historical botanical garden. Using more than 50 million LEGO bricks, the park is divided into 10 themed entertainment zones. One of those zones is the Ford Driving School, where kids can get behind the wheel and feel what it’s like to drive.
Watch a time-lapsed video of the making of the LEGO Ford Explorer after the jump:
The Danish company has been making toys out of interlocking building blocks since 1949, and they cater to different skill sets based on their models.
If you played with LEGO when you were growing up, their new model might take you back into their store. It is a 1:12 scale model of the Mercedes-Benz Unimog, and it’s their latest addition to their TECHNIC line.
This model has 2000 pieces and is fully functional. It has a working winch, optional snowplough, suspension, differentials, a four-wheel drive system and even working pistons!
The TECHNIC Unimog was built with full co-operation from Mercedes-Benz, which wanted to celebrate this work trucks 60th anniversary.
Look for it in at your local LEGO store soon. Based on European prices, it should cost you $255, which is a bargain for something that will make you feel like a kid again.
You’re never too old to play with Lego. And that’s a good thing, because we can’t wait to get our hands on Lego’s new VW Camper Van.
Styled after the 1962 T1 Camper, this red Lego VW camper van set is super trippy and looks just like the real thing (only in block form). It features a rounded roof and window frames, as well as the trademark ”V” shape three-way color split at the front. It even comes with a “splittie” safari front window that opens, and its roof pops up.
No detail has been overlooked for this Lego recreation. Just like the original van, the Lego version’s flat-four air-cooled VW boxer engine fits right above the rear axle. Even the interior gets the ‘60s treatment, complete with a fold-down bed, a cupboard (that actually opens), a mirror, and a lava lamp – far out, man!
“Its unique character and charm have made it loved all over the world, which has also meant that it has become one of the most customizable vehicles ever produced,” said Lego designer John-Henry Harris. “There is lots of technical building within the model that I think Lego fans will enjoy. I’m also hoping it will appeal to a wider audience, not just Lego fans. I think the Volkswagen community out there will really appreciate this model.”
The Lego VW Camper Van set will come with about 1,300 pieces and will retail for $120. You can expect to see it in stores on October 1 that carry Lego products.
There have been many amazing Lego creations over the last few decades including life size people and skyscrapers several stories high, but this latest creation might just take the cake.
Documented in this video is a mechanical masterpiece, a Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet PDK made of Lego. Everything on the 911 works, from the retractable hard top roof to the flat-six engine. The Porsche even has the same steering ratio as the actual car. In total, there are over 3,500 parts, including eight electic motors, three remote controls and around 21 feet of wiring. Even’s Porsche’s high-tech PDK dual-clutch transmission is fully functional, coupled to an operational all-wheel drive system.
This will blow you away. Check out the video after the jump!