LEGO Have Built A Full-Sized, Working Replica Of A Ducati Panigale Sports Bike
The boffins at LEGO are at it again. Having not contented themselves with making brick sets that routinely have grown adults hunched over their desks in frustration for full afternoons, their Technic department has of late, instead taken to proving that the humble Danish toy can be used to create full-sized works of incredible engineering.
LEGO's high-tech Technic department have, over recent years, created truly stunning one-off works of automotive bricksmanship, including a full-sized Bugatti Chiron that was composed of a million bricks and even boasted a LEGO engine capable of powering the 1.5 ton creation to a top speed of 18mph.
Now, they've gone a step in an even faster direction, taking one of the most legendary sports bikes in the world and giving it a LEGO facade.
The basis for the project is the Ducati Panigale, one of the most sought-after sports bikes in the world right now. But unlike the Bugatti Chiron, which LEGO's artists built from scratch, the project given to LEGO Certified professional Riccardo Zangelmi was to replicate the fairings of the bike while leaving its screamingly fast mechanics in tact.
The project took Zangelmi more than 400 hours and used more than 15,000 Lego bricks. He definitively used no glue. The entire thing is held together under the LEGO bricks' own strength.
Despite being now built from LEGO instead of high performance composites, the internals of the bike would still be more than enough to make it blisteringly fast. As stock, the Panigale is the most powerful street-legal bike in the world, capable of a top speed in excess of 340km/h. Good luck finding anyone brave enough to try and take the LEGO equivalent to top speed, though.
The bike was unveiled at a press event attended by Ducati MotoGP rider Andrea Dovizioso.
"I am very happy because I never imagined I’d have the chance to unveil a bike like this,” Dovizioso said. "Almost everyone at some point in their lives has played with LEGO bricks at least once, but seeing up close a replica of the Panigale V4 is something incredible and at a very high level. I would like to congratulate the LEGO artist Riccardo Zangelmi for building such a true to life and a detailed version of the motorcycle. I’m sure children and adults alike will be captivated by this incredible model.”