Saturday, 11 January 2014

Aussie Makes Air-Powered Hotrod Entirely out of LEGO Blocks

Lego is a great way for young minds to shape themselves in the spirit of building technical things that work, and for older ones to show off what can be done with mere blocks, if it’s not just kids that you let loose on them. Take this man from Melbourne, Australia, who put together a full-sized hot rod made entirely out of the interchangeable pieces – no fewer than 500,000 of them were used to complete it.

Steve Sammartino is his name and his black and yellow creation can be seen in the video posted below; the help of Raul Onaida, a self-taught Romanian teen tech genius was invaluable, though - the two met online...

It uses an actual working engine that’s also made from Legos, and has 256 working pistons that are driven by compressed air. The vehicle is capable of speeds no faster than 18 mph (29 km/h), but its creators’ goal was more in the realm of it being “proof of concept for environmentally-friendly equipment.”

The entire build cost $18,300 or €13,400, and it was founded by over 40 willing patrons who chipped in. All we care about is how cool it looks when it’s actually in motion, with the 256 cylinders doing their bit to push it forward.

By Andrei Nedelea


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