Video: Life-Sized LEGO Car Is An Air-Powered Green Dream

lego-carGrowing up, playing with LEGOs was a source of nearly endless entertainment for me and many millions of other children and adults the world over. Some LEGO enthusiasts go far beyond tabletop landscapes though, like thiis mobile, air-powered car made from a half-million LEGO bricks. It’s a green dream car in more ways than one.

It took the combined efforts of Australian entrepreneur Steve Sammartino, and a self-taught teenage wonderkid from Romania named Raul Oaida. Building a functional car out of LEGOs would be impressive enough, but building one that moves under its own power, using an engine made entirely out of LEGOs? That’s kind of mind-blowing.

The LEGO engine is, in fact, four separate orbital engines utilizing 64 pistons each, for a total of 256 pistons pumping air through the motor, and it’s just fun to watch work. In fact, the whole vehicle is an absolutely fascination contraption to watch crawl along at a brisk walking pace. Rarely has something so slow been so much fun to watch, and it makes me think of the potential of modular automobile designs that have been bandied about here and there. Maybe one day, they’ll be more than just designs and concepts.

I want to believeeee…

Christopher DeMorro

A writer and gearhead who loves all things automotive, from hybrids to HEMIs, can be found wrenching or writing- or else, he's running, because he's one of those crazy people who gets enjoyment from running insane distances.