Building life-sized models of cars with LEGO parts is not something new but it is always impressive. Continuing the partnership Lamborghini formed with LEGO in January last year, the latest project is a life-size replica of the Lamborghini Sian FKP 37, the carmaker’s first production hybrid super sportscar launched in September 2019.
This follows the launch of the 1:8 scale LEGO Technic Sian FKP 37 last year. However, the life-size model replicates the limited-edition super sportscar on a much grander scale. Using 154 different types of LEGO elements, including 20 moulded specifically for this project, the 2,200 kg model has the emotive design of the Sian down to the most minute details, perfectly mirroring the car’s dimensions to the millimetre.
The 1:8 scale model of the Sian FKP 37. 8,660 hours of development and construction
The collaboration between the two companies’ designers, engineers and technicians, took a team of 15 people around 8,660 hours of development work and painstaking construction. The proportion-perfect chassis is identical to the real-life Sian at 4980 mm long, 2101 mm wide and 1133 mm high.
The body panels have an intricate fabric of bespoke interconnecting hexagonal LEGO Technic elements, paying homage to the 6-sided shape that is integral to Lamborghini’s design language. The Sian’s name (which means ‘flash’ or ‘lightning’) is honoured by the LEGO Group’s experts who have ensured that the lights, built entirely from Technic elements, and the sleek lightning bolt that flashes along the body, reflect how the real Sian’s epsilon headlights and hexagonal taillights power up and down.
Special colour coating
Inside the cockpit, the detail continues with a brick-built steering wheel featuring the Lamborghini emblem and Italian flag, LEGO-built dashboard controls and racing seats. This is the first large-scale model from the LEGO Group to have a paintbrush-effect UV colour coating. The colour, which is a perfect match to the 1:8 scale LEGO Technic model, was applied by Automobili Lamborghini’s paint shop.
“Our designers love a challenge, so you can imagine their delight when we tasked them to think slightly larger than normal with this model. They jumped at the chance of teaming up with our amazing designers and engineers who build these impressive life-sized models at our Kladno factory’s model production workshop in the Czech Republic, and really pushing the boundaries of what can be done with LEGO Technic. The creativity that the system allows meant it was possible to really do justice to the exceptional design of the Lamborghini Sian FKP 37,” said Lena Dixen, Senior Vice-President of Product and Marketing at the LEGO Group.
In a first-of-its-kind virtual unveiling from the LEGO Group, the model was shown being rebuilt in a virtual LEGO workshop. Viewers could make their dreams come true by getting behind the wheel of the 1:8 scale edition before being ‘transformed’ along with the model into the full-scale. They were able to sit virtually in the driver’s seat and hear from the Automobili Lamborghini and LEGO Group designers who made this model a reality.
Fastest Lamborghini of all time
The Sian is the fastest Lamborghini of all time, thanks to a unique new hybrid system which focuses on providing the highest power possible via the lightest solution. It has a V12 engine – huge for a hybrid powertrain – and a 48V e-motor. The 6.5-litre V12 generates 785 bhp (the highest output ever from a Lamborghini powerplant) with another 34 bhp coming from the electric motor. Total system output is 819 bhp with a weight-to-power ratio claimed to be better than that of the Aventador SVJ.
The Sian has a claimed a top speed of over 350 km/h so it will be able to keep up with any other Lamborghini model. More significantly, it lays claim to having the fastest acceleration of any production Lamborghini ever – 0 to 100 km/h in less than 2.8 seconds.
Like the Aventador SVJ 63 Roadster, Lamborghini will produce and sell only 63 units of the Sian Coupe, plus 19 Roadsters. The number ‘63’ has been chosen to commemorate the founding year of the company – 1963. Every unit has been taken, and each of the customers will spend upwards of US$3.6 million (over RM14.8 million), the final price depending on the degree of customisation.
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