The motor industry never ceases to amaze. How much do you need to hate the smell of horse dung, to bolt a box — in which you cause a series of small explosions — onto some rods connecting four wheels? Quite a lot, we’d say. Fast forward a hundred years or so and we’re building full-sized cars out of Lego.
The eyes of children around the world (and some grown-ups) grew with wonder when Lego recently revealed its built-to-scale model of the Toyota Supra GT, constructed from a total 477,303 pieces. We wonder who counted them all. We’re kidding, it was a computer. Probably.
A three-way partnership between Lego Japan, Legoland Japan and Toyota Gazoo brought this unique project about for the 35th anniversary of the Toyota Supra.
Well, we say ‘unique’ because it’s the first full-sized Lego Supra we’ve seen, but it isn’t the first car of its kind. We’ve already been witness to a driveable Bugatti Chiron and, more recently, we got a life-size model of the Lamborghini Sián FKP 37.
On your marks, get set, Lego!
— LEGO (@LEGO_Group) August 14, 2021
Only the Chiron, and now the Supra, are actually driveable (plus there was that fan-made creation). And unlike the real-world models, the Supra is actually faster than the Chiron. While the Chiron could only manage a measly 20km/h, the Supra can get up to a whopping 28km/h. That’s faster than some e-bikes.
The Supra build only took 3,000 hours to develop and another 2,400 hours to build. Only. With everything but the wheels, driver’s seat, steering wheel, gauge cluster, and badging made of the iconic brick, we’d have thought it would weigh less than 1,885kg, which is nearly 200kgs more than the real car.
You can’t actually own one of these, unfortunately. Sorry for getting your hopes up, but you can buy a much smaller model if you want. But it’s substantially less cool than the big version.