Taking inspiration from Ming Thein's 1:10 scale Bugatti Veyron, my Bugatti built from mainly the Ferrari 599, Enzo Ferrari, and a large number of parts purchased for this project including the pneumatics in this model.
I tried to copy as many details as possible from the original supercar, including the rear spoilers' functionality, 4WD, and 16 cylinder engine, which like Ming Thein's Bugatti, is 2 V8's with joined cranks.
About this creation
The only part of this model that is incomplete is the gearbox (which I unfortunately do not have any parts to make this or the know-how).
Also the weight of the vehicle, (over 4 kg), limited movement ability, as no amount of gearing down and reinforcing would allow the power functions motors to move the model.
It also has independent suspension on each wheel using 2 small shock springs on each. I orginally intended to have a pneumatic piston on each instead of shock absorbers, but space was a problem so I abandoned that idea. (Would have ended up about a 1:6 scale with that setup)
The rear spoiler features 5 pneumatic pistons, four controlling the up and down movement of the spoiler and the fifth controlling the braking function of the spoiler by moving the two rear pneumatics upwards.
This was the first part of the car that I built, with the rear wheels and diff following.
I tried to keep it as narrow as possible, but the wider W16 arrrangement and suspension system meant the width was pushed out to a 1:7 scale rather than the 1:9 I originally intended.
There is also a pneumatic piston mounted within the front end of the model, which because the weight of the Bugatti pushed the suspension right down, the pneumatic pushes the car up and acts like the real Bugatti's adjustable suspension.
Also has 2 power functions LED headlights, working doors and hand of God steering. Also contained 2130 pieces.
The three photos of the pneumatic spoiler are not the final version of that setup, and is the only photos i have of it.
There were a number of things I liked and disliked about this model. My absolute favourite part of the car was the styling of the front end of the Bugatti which features in a number of photos here.
I spent a good 6 hours trying to get the front end to look just right, and then it sat on the table next to my bed for a week where I just admired it taking in the shape looking at it from different angles.
I also really liked version 3 of the W16 and spoiler setup, because by that time I had it solidly built, and working without bits catching on other pieces.
What I didnt like is my inability to get the two top intake vents to look anything like the real thing, but settled with just some differnet coloured fairings, and a wide view of the W16.
Also the interior of the car is a bit average. I used the seats from the 599 GTB, probably not the right scale but I didn't worry about that too much. Also I tried to replicate a basic dashboard shape setup, with a sort of gear stick in the middle.
Also I hate making doors for cars, and this model is no exception, I just could not make the right shape or make the rear air intake look like the real thing, and my doors always ruin the sleekness of the bodywork. And I've just noticed the door window is far too long, and I missed the fuel cap.
I may or may not do a rebuild of this model. It certainly won't be in 1:7 scale, and I think I will keep it simple, and not install pneumatics, motors or unnecessary things, and just build a frame and body work for it.
Or I might not at all build it again, I was working on and off on this for about 3 months, waiting for pieces to come, and to find time to just sit and build
There will be NO building instructions for this model.
Feel free to comment, and also I am looking for new ideas for my next model, am open to all car types, muscle, exotic or mass production vehicles.
A decent job, but there's something that's a little off, and I can't put my finger on it...
Anyway, building with LEGOs (bricks or otherwise) is like sculpting. It can take hours to months to get it right. Heck, most of my MOCs are never finished. I built a roadster/hatchback three years ago, and seven (or eight, I'm not quite sure) re-builds later, it's a convertible race car! :P
So you think your car isn't quite right? Join the club.
Great scale model! I saw the rest of your tremendous work and you got even better and better. Compared to your other work this exeeds the work of a lot of other people. I'm glad to see "it" working.
Example: I think I'd need more time to think about how to build the rear spoiler with pneumatics than you did.
I'd like to see a better picture of the W16 engine as I'd love to build one. Do the rods connect to a single crank as per the Volkswagen 'W' formation engines, or have you positionned two seperate V8s together?
Otherwise, a great effort.
Nice work but i am sure if you used a direct drive system with one large power functions motor per back wheel you could get it to drive ?
o ps check this site http://www.lpepower.com the guy built this really cool car and it only weighs a lot yet still runs
magnificent, I really like the pneumatic systems you included, the adjustable spoiler, and suspension, great job. how did you do that W16 ?
You did a Brilliant job here, too bad Lego doesn't produce stronger motors, it would really be awesome if it was remote controlled
You, Technic guys, are very clever to come up with all this complicated and nice looking stuff, I'm not a Technic guy my self, but I really appreciate and like to look at Technic creations, specially models like this one, great work all around >>> peace.. Firas