full-scale model hot-rod powered by air and LEGO
full-scale model hot-rod powered by air and LEGO
dec 19, 2013

full-scale model hot-rod powered by air and LEGO

full-scale model hot-rod powered by air and LEGO
all images courtesy superawesomemicroproject




melbourne-based entrepreneur steve sammartino and 20 year old romanian technology genius raul oaida have built a hot-rod made entirely of LEGO, which is powered exclusively with air. the project, entitled the ‘super awesome micro project’ features an engine constructed from standard LEGO pieces, comprising of four orbital motors and a total of 256 pistons. the full scale model car was put together with more than half a million LEGO bricks, and can travel up to 30 km/h (without exploding).


to see the LEGO hot-rod in action, see the video below:



full scale LEGO car powered by air
video courtesy of steve sammartino

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more than 500,000 LEGO pieces were used for its construction

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the car engine is made from standard LEGO pieces and runs on air

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the engine has four orbital engines and a total of 256 pistons

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the concept can drive at speeds of up to 20-30km/h

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the hot-rod in the shop awaiting its first drive

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view of the cockpit


  • Intriguing, but scant technical details provided – The engine is the interesting bit and they are not giving much away here.
    How exactly do you get all those tiny lego pistons convert their tiny strokes into enough force to move the car? Are they all frantically acting on the same drive shaft, like ranks of little men on a giant treadmlll?

    TheCat says:
  • WAOW!!!!!! The real car of the future! And air is (still) free!!!!!

    murphi says:
  • Dream 🙂

    utkan says:
  • ‘Powered by air’? Would be true if the vehicle employed sails (rigid or flexible). If using compressed air, the power source used to create the pressurization should be noted. As with electric cars, it doesn’t just magically spring from the outlet.

    Dean Pulley says:
  • Air is still free but you still need energy to compress the air. Never the less great project.

    Robin says:
  • It ‘runs on air’ as much as a steam locomotive ‘runs on steam’, but is powered by coal.

    Obviously, ‘air’ (compressed air) is not its energy-source, but its battery.

    Marco Lammers says:

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