Steel, aluminium, fiber glass or CFRP. These are materials widely used when building cars. But how about simple plastic? It works if it’s a Lego car, of course. A young artist created his very own Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing from Lego pieces.
Madrid-based artist and Lego Spanish Association wanted a vintage Mercedes-Benz and wanted it fast. So he built one for himself? How else would he get it in a heartbeat? Well, not quite a heartbeat, as it took him weeks to put together all the 1500 parts.
The fastest production car of its time, the Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing is still being built today. Not in its original size, though, but in a 1/10.5 scale, sporting 17x10x42 cm. The car weighs 1.5 kg.
And guess what! The car is not just something to decorate a room with. It actually works! It is powered by 4 PF motors, 2 IR receivers and a PF lithium battery placed in the trunk and working together with a 4-speed sequential gear box. All these help the car reach a 1.9 mph (3 km/h). Yeah, not quite a lightening, but a brilliant piece of work in itself. The cruising speed is indicated by the speedometer in the dashboard.
The gullwing doors have special locks on them, the bonnet and the boot lid are openable as well and the steering wheel also functions. The suspensions in both axles are also realistic, with a double wishbone at the front and a swing axle at the rear.
The artist, who’s got his own mini-garage, Sheepo’s Garage, has a history with Lego-built cars. A Bugatti Veyron, a Mustang Shelby, a BMW i8 are among Speepo’s creations.