Car in Australia constructed from 500K Legos

Dec. 23, 2013 at 12:22 PM   |   Comments

MELBOURNE, Dec. 23 (UPI) -- Two men in Australia said they have created the world's first life-size, drivable car made almost entirely of Lego blocks.

Steve Sammartino, an online entrepreneur and marketing expert, and Raul Oaida, a student from Romania, said the black and yellow vehicle they created in Melbourne is comprised almost entirely of 500,000 Lego pieces, even the engine that runs on compressed air, the Australian Broadcasting Corp. reported Monday.

"The only things that are non-Lego are the four load-bearing struts and the wheels," Sammartino said. "Other than that, the entire engine is made out of standard Lego pieces, as is the steering wheel and drive the shafts and the steering column. All of the mechanical parts are actually made out of Lego."

Sammartino told ABC Oaida is a technical prodigy.

"He did all of the design work, built the engine, built the car ... he is the technical mind behind it. He really is capable of anything," Sammartino said of his partner.

Sammartino said fans should not plan to be driving their own Lego cars anytime soon.

"It doesn't go all that far, but just the mere fact that it does go is quite something," he said. "It's really just a technical experiment to show what's possible in a connected world."

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