Just In Time For Christmas, The Driveable Lego Car

Thomas Kreutzer
by Thomas Kreutzer

An Australian entrepreneur and a Romanian inventor have teamed up to construct an air powered car built completely of Lego bricks (sans tires and wheels) that has proven capable of running at speeds in excess of 10mph.

The car features four interconnected engines and uses a whopping 256 pneumatic pistons. The mechanics would appear to be similar to steam piston engines that this author once worked with, with compressed air taking the place of high pressure steam. Air would flow from a pressurized tank, enter the piston chamber via some sort of valve gear and force the piston through its stroke. No combustion is necessary.

The project is one of those crazy things that can only happen over the internet. The car was originally proposed in an online conversation between two people who were literally half a world away from one another and crowd-funded after forty people responded to a late night proposal on Twitter. The car was built in Romania and then shipped to Australia where it was reassembled and then tested. There are no plans at this time to build another.

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  • TheEndlessEnigma TheEndlessEnigma on Dec 20, 2013

    Come on folks, this is just freakin' neat!

  • Zeus01 Zeus01 on Dec 21, 2013

    Range measured in feet? Or meters?

  • Art  Vandelay Art Vandelay on Dec 22, 2013

    Just don't let your mechanic slip any of those knock off mega bricks in...insist on OEM! BTW, as someone who has two boys and has bought many Lego's this time of year I think buying replacement parts will be similar to visiting your friendly Porsche dealer.

  • -Nate -Nate on Dec 23, 2013

    I think this is neat . Of course , I also played with LEGOS as a Child..... -Nate