[QODLink]
Asia-Pacific

Lego car hits the road in Melbourne

Forty people funded the Lego car, which was built in Romania and Australia during a 20-month period for about $18,000.

Last updated: 24 Dec 2013 08:30
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
The car is made from 500,000 Lego pieces and has a top speed of 30km per hour [Josh Rowe]

An Australian entrepreneur and a Romanian student have completed their ambitious project to create a car from 500,000 Lego pieces.

The Super Awesome Micro Project, from Steve Sammartino and Raul Oaido, launched in February 2012 to fund and build a car made almost entirely out of the brightly-coloured bricks.

Forty Australians stepped forward to finance the project, pledging between AUS $500 and $1000 each to make the dream come true.

"I wanted to do something interesting that shows there are a myriad of possible innovations for cars. We wanted to be an example to open people's minds," Sammartino told Australian media.

"It's something the car industry needs."

The life-sized two-seater has a top speed of 30 km per hour (20 mph) and is powered by four orbital engines with 256 pistons - all made of Lego - that run on compressed air.

The yellow and black car, designed like a hotrod, took 20 months to complete.

Apart from structural gear such as the wheels, tires, gauges and load-bearing components, only Lego bricks were used.

173

Source:
Reuters
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
Featured on Al Jazeera
UNHCR says hundreds of people trapped in Yaloke town risk death if they are not evacuated to safety urgently.
'Justice for All' demonstrations swell across the US over the deaths of African Americans in police encounters.
Six former Guantanamo detainees are now free in Uruguay with some hailing the decision to grant them asylum.
Disproportionately high number of Aboriginal people in prison highlights inequality and marginalisation, critics say.
Featured
Long-standing dispute over Christian use of the word 'Allah' raises concerns about a very un-Merry Christmas.
The threat posed by ISIL has prompted thousands of young Kurds to join the PKK.
Baja California - with its own grim history of disappeared people - finds a voice in the fight against violence.
Russian feminist rockers fight system holding 700,000 - the world's largest per capita prison population after the US.
Weeks of growing protests against Muslims continue in Dresden with 15,000 hitting the streets last Monday.