As a part of the crowd funded Super Awesome Micro Project, two talented guys from Australia, Steve Sammartino and Raul Oaida built a functional car out of Lego bricks that runs on air. They used around 500,000 Lego bricks and 256 pistons to design this masterpiece. The car, from engine to seats, is made completely from the tiny bricks, with the exception of a few structural parts including wheels, tires, and gauges. According to an estimate they’ve dropped $60,000 on Lego bricks alone.
Forty Australian patrons funded the project after seeing a single tweet that Sammartino sent.
Anyone interested in investing $500-$1000 in a project which is awesome & a world first tweet me. Need about 20 participants… #startup
— Steve Sammartino (@sammartino) February 29, 2012
“We are building something that has not been built before. It is high tech, eco friendly, quirky, strange and very, very cool. Those involved can come to the launch party. An official page of ‘patrons’ will be developed on a .com address so the world will know those who made it a reality. We will launch it to the world via a video – a mini doco. But it will be real. People can come, see and touch it.” said Steve Sammartino in the Super Awesome Micro Project Prospectus.
The car was built in Romania and then shipped to an undisclosed location in Melbourne, which was not an easy task.
“The car was significantly damaged during shipping,” Sammartino told an Australian podcast. “We were like, ‘Well it’s just Lego, we’ll snap the pieces back together,’ But it wasn’t that easy. The pieces were warped because it had gone across the Equator, pieces were freezing and heating up — it was worse than you’d think.”
But they were able to patch those damages up, and now they’re taking the car to the streets but admit that they currently “drive it slow as are scared of giant lego explosion.” It uses four radial engines for power and can currently reach speeds up to 20mph.