If you thought LEGO sets were expensive strap in for something ridiculous because the Danish toy company has made a full size, drivable replica of the Lamborghini Sián FKP 37, mostly out of the same plastic bits you can buy in stores.
To accomplish this LEGO states that it used 400 000 pieces which were assembled over the course of 8 660 hours. That’s around 360 full days of work.
To do this some compromises were made. In the short trailer you can see below it’s clear that elements such as the wheels and tyres are not LEGO.
The bodywork here is a real treat to look at as it’s not solid plastic as most would imagine. Using LEGO Technic pieces complex designs and lattice work was done to recreate the curves of the real car, keep the weight down, and cover the surfaces of the structure.
For those who want to explore more of the car a dedicated website has been setup which you can visit here. The site has a “digital experience” which allows you to access a 360 degree video to get a closer look at things.
As for why this car was chosen it’s basically as a way to advertise the smaller home version you can buy and build.
The set – 42115: Lamborghini Sián FKP 37 – has 3 696 pieces and costs £349.99 / $379.99 / €379.99 overseas. It’s also sold in South Africa for R7 499.99, but it can routinely be found for less than that if you shop around.
Now for some napkin math. The average price per piece of LEGO in America is 10 US cents. 400 000 pieces would equal only $40 000 which sounds like a bargain when you consider that the real car sells for around $3 700 000.
But, of course, that’s just the cost of the raw materials and not nearly a year of labour by engineers and designers. Still, it’s conceivable that someone with $40 000 to buy LEGO pieces and a year of free time could replicate the Lamborghini Sián FKP 37.
If all of this sounds a bit familiar it’s because it’s not the first time that a 1:1, drivable car has been made out of LEGO.
Back in 2018 the same treatment was given to the Bugatti Chiron. We covered it at the time and you can see a breakdown of how it was done in the video below.
The “car” managed to go 30 kilometres per hours which is slow for anything with a Bugatti badge on it, but it’s amazing when you consider what it’s made out of.
We have to assume that lessons learnt in that project were applied to the Lamborghini.