There's nothing wrong with your reading abilities, you read it wright. This just looks like BMW 760Li but in fact it is an environment friendly BMW Hydrogen 7. But the similarity is not accidential. This "green" car is based on the very well known BMW 7 series luxuary, after the facelift. Intersting isn't it?
Unless you live on the Moon you probably know that our so beloved gasoline engines are facing their final destination. Some say that we will run out of oil in the near fifty or sixty years. So big car companies are starting to think in alternate directions. We have quite a lot of hybrid cars which run on electricity. But the problem is distance till we need to recharge the batery again. What else - sun energy. Well - it's no problem on daylight. But if you're heavy night driver - hmm... not a good solution. Hydrogen... hmm.. that's something worth thinking about. Since this fuel in the end emits only steam, this source of energy seems to be appropriate.
In fact, there are already some hydrogen fuel cell cars among us. But then again, since this is very new fuel source we don't have H2 stations in every city. This is were BMW thinks few steps ahead. Instead of running the car on hydrogen fuel cells they keep hydrogen in liquid format. This of course means that the hydrogen must be under huge pressure and at -265 C but they found a solution for that. But the magic hides in the fact that this car has a gasoline system as well. And this all results is a special engine called internal combustion engine or ICE, allowing to drive eigher on very well known gasoline or a fresh new hydrogen, burning both fuels in the same engine.
From the driver point of view nothing changes. The two fuel systems can be switched on or off by a single press of button. The comfort or dynamics - nothing changes. They have left everything the same as it was for the original BMW 760Li - interior, the same, exterior - the same. From a distance you wont tell which is which. The only visual change is an extra petrol cap in the C pillar and a big hydrogen tank which takes almost all the trunk space.
No less interesting than the car itself (the real one) was the building process. You see - I wanted this car to be a usual 16 studs wide. This would fit in the scale I build lately. But in order to do that I had to find a slighy bigger and narrower wheels that those typical ones. LEGO, of course, don't have such. And then I thought - what will happen if I strech those usual wheels over these. It turned out perfect. If the usual wheels where 14 plate height in diameter then the new result was 16 plate height in diameter. If the usual wheels are 3 studs wide then the new ones were 2,5 wide. PERFECT!!!
Another challenge was to make rear doors open without opening the front doors, but leaving a room for legs at the same time. And then I remembered that 1/2 technick pins are not fixed in technick bricks - they can easily rotate. So I turned the 1x2 technick brick with one hole on side, put a 1/2 technick pin in there and a 1x1 brick with handle on top of that. Added two droid arms to that handle and the rear door hinge was ready. That's how I did it.
OK. I know you, who clicked this page were more interested in the pics and not in this bla bla bla. So.. let's start with some exterior pics.
As I said, rear doors can be opened without opening the front doors. And it works in the opposite as well, you can easily open the front doors without opening the rear doors. And you can open front doors even if the rear doors are already open - just like in the real car.
ICE or internal combustion engine. This one of course can't burn anything and in fact are just a few panels made out of LEGO bricks. But the real deal is V12 able to burn eigher gasoline eigher hydrigen emiting only steam if the second is in the pipes.
Luxuary interior. We expect nothing less from it. Wooden panels, light and dark grey leather combo, huge and comfortable seats, lowerable arm rest at the rear seats and many many other features.
All wright.. that's it for today. Hope you like this little peace of me. This in fact is the first successfull 4 door car made by me out of real bricks in this scale. Best of creativity to you all and... see ya - same time, same place :)
Excellent replica of the german proudful technology. This is exactly this I've seen on the IAA Berlin few years ago. But this and the Mercedes-Benz F-Cell are not ready for the masses transportation because the dangerous refueling procedure. 95% of the germans won't drive a car propelled with this technology until the industry solved many major safety problems using this car in normal enviroment. But in future - Who need's roads?
Well I gotta say this. It looks fine especially the back part and the interior but I am not very fond of those wheels. I believe they should be bigger or something and that front is a bit messy. I know you can do it better. ;))
Besides that the model is just fine
Hmm...that's odd; I thought I already commented. Anyway, I love it, but it would look better in light bluish grey in my opinion, but a lot of times, you just have to work with what you have. I just recently did a science presentation on hydrogen, so I naturally talked about hydrogen cars, and my, they're expensive! The cheaper ones are around 100k, so they've got to find out how to make them cheaper! One of the pictures I displayed to the science class was a BMW exactly like this, but just not blue. :) Is it just me, or does the kidney grill look a plate too big? But it's still the best Lego BMW I've ever seen. I'll probably build one some day - probably an M3. ;)
Quoting Austin Nomorinfo
excellent car! (some nice facts too). Also I like that you finally found a solution to the 4-door-car-problem, the MOCs that I have ssen with four doors the front doors had to be opened first. 5/5
Thanks! It kinda bugs me all the time - the four door solution came too easy. Please - feel free to use it.
Quoting Aaden Hughes, Patrick L., The Timinater !, Mihe Stonee, Hot Rod, sma stache
Quoting Malte Dorowski
And the door window frame... genious ;-)
Thank you. Well you know that the source of these ideas are you, so - thank you very much.
Quoting Guxinetick Models
...Congratulations for the model, and thank you very much for inspire us again to still creating cars...
Thank you! I feel honored. You're quite a builder yourself, but if I could serve you as inspiration than the MOCpages has done their job well
Quoting Henrik Hoexbroe
Fantastic project. Looks very heavy! Interesting trivia!
It is indeed quite heavy. But that's of course becouse of the size too. It's a luxuary saloon car afterall, not a small supercar. Thanks.
Quoting Nick Barrett
Your idea for the rear doors is great - I've done four door cars as well, but always with a gap or pillar between the doors.
You build in a bigger scale and I'm not sure if that same idea will work for you too, because of the weight. But feel free to try it.
Quoting Ape Fight
I've seen one of these on the road; I think they're all grey/silver, but it's nice to work with colous you've got
You probably are wright about everything. As much as I searched the google for reference pics I saw only silver/grey cars, so yea - probably that's the only color for those... for now. And you're wright about the blue too. Of course I wanted to build it in.. well.. light bluish grey, but found myself of having very small collecection of this color. So take this for good as it is :) Thanks
Quoting MortalSwordsman ., Gabor Horvath
The interior and door linings are excellent. I love the engine bay and the angles you have created for the grill/front.
Wow! It's cool! I like the front spoiler and the lights. The interior and the roof are also very good!
Yea - the interior is a beauty, isn't it? :) Thanks
Quoting DeTomaso Pantera
Nice to see a 4 door saloon car for a change,i'm not sure about blue for a beemer but i can see past that, it looks very well buil (as usual). You would be welcome in the classic race teams group, we're trying to get the elite of car builders together to createsome special historic racers and transporters.
Thanks. It's good to try something out of your comfort zone for a change, isn't it? Hehehe... About the color - like I replied to Ape Fight - this was the only option left, so - take for good as it is. Thanks. I'm not sure if I'll any good in this hystoric racers group - it's totaly another chapter of cars were I am building. There are many other more tallented builders than me in this theme.
What a marvel...really beautiful techniques... and your MocPage is great also full of details about this great machine!. Your techniques for the door and windows are incredible. My hope is with you to use H2 in future BMW and other road beasts. Congratulations for the model, and thank you very much for inspire us again to still creating cars, with H2 engines ;D !!!
Just as gorgeous as the real 7, in my favorite color no less! This is an amazing car and an even more amazing build. If possible could you upload a shot both head on and from the rear? I would love to see a close up of those shots of this beauty. As those are the angles that make it a BMW. Thanks ~cheers
An excellent build of a significant car - electric cars are a blind alley. After all, where will the electricity come from ? Until we get tiny nuclear reactors in cars the hydrogen fuel cell (or hydrogen burning ICE, as here) will do fine. Your idea for the rear doors is great - I've done four door cars as well, but always with a gap or pillar between the doors.
Another spectacular car from you R.K. As always the detail and accuracy are among the best on MOCpages, especially the interior. I've seen one of these on the road; I think they're all grey/silver, but it's nice to work with colous you've got. 5 stars
This is great! I'd love to own a 7 series but i much prefer the previous model (the one in 007's Goldeneye). Nice to see a 4 door saloon car for a change,i'm not sure about blue for a beemer but i can see past that, it looks very well buil (as usual). You would be welcome in the classic race teams group, we're trying to get the elite of car builders together to createsome special historic racers and transporters. Anyway keep your highly detailed cars coming, they're fantastic :)
P.S. Hydrogen is the way forward, electric is a waste of time.