Today in Billund at LEGO headquarters, LEGO and Bugatti have officially announced the brand new LEGO Technic 42083 Bugatti Chiron, the second set in the LEGO Technic Ultimate Series of supercars following last year’s Porsche 911 GT3 RS release. The big reveal today was held at the LEGO House in Billund, Denmark by the CEO of the LEGO Group, Neils B. Christiansen, together with the President of Bugatti, Stephan Winkelmann.
Built at 1:8 scale from 3,599 parts, this will be the third-largest set in the Technic lineup, after the recently revealed 2018 Rough Terrain Crane (40282) and the 2016 release of the Bucket Wheel Excavator. Retailing at USD $349.99, CAN $399.99, and UK £329.99, the Technic Bugatti Chiron will be released for sales at LEGO Retail Stores worldwide today and to retailers globally on August 1, 2018.
Read our hands-on review of the LEGO Technic Bugatti Chiron, too.
Eagle-eyed readers and car aficionados will notice that the LEGO Bugatti shares a color scheme with 1930s-era Type 57 Bugatti cars. We contacted Bugatti, who confirmed to TBB that the launch vehicle at the Geneva Motor Show in 2016 follows those historical color schemes: “We regard blue as our brand colour and work with the different shades used back in those times again today.” The LEGO Technic set in turn matches the colors of that first Chiron from two years ago.
Like the orange Technic Porsche 911 before it, the Technic Bugatti Chiron is a very large car, as demonstrated by these photos showing one of the LEGO designers with his completed model.
LEGO and Bugatti have produced several videos as part of the Technic Bugatti’s launch, including this teaser video showcasing the real-life Chiron.
This next video highlights many of the LEGO car’s working features, including the “flappy paddle” gear shift, suspension, and steering. For a more detailed look at these features, be sure to check back here on TBB in a couple of hours for our complete, hands-on review.
As the video demonstrates, the LEGO set includes a brick-built tool to raise and lower the rear spoiler.
The final video provides insights into LEGO Technic designer Aurelein Rouffiange’s journey as he worked to create this unique LEGO Technic Bugatti Chiron set.
Even the box for the LEGO set has had special attention, with interior printing and slots for the unique wheels.
Check out the full photo gallery at the end of this article, and here’s the official press release:
Billund, 1st of June 2018. LEGO Group and Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S. have today revealed the new LEGO® Technic™ Bugatti Chiron. The 1:8 scale super car will be available from June 1.
The LEGO® Technic™ Bugatti Chiron model brings together the iconic design heritage of the French ultra-luxury car brand and LEGO Technic™ elements, with a reimagined version of the latest cutting-edge super car from Molsheim.
The new model unveiled at LEGO House at the company’s headquarters in Billund by Neils B.Christiansen, CEO of the LEGO Group, and Bugatti President Stephan Winkelmann. The 1:8 scale LEGO® Technic™ Bugatti Chiron will be available from June 1, only at all
LEGO® stores and shop.LEGO.com, then all retailers globally from August 1, 2018.
The model encapsulates the magic, power and elegance of the Chiron, unveiled to the world two years ago and now brought to life in LEGO Technic™ form, offering a unique, authentic building experience for car enthusiasts and LEGO fans of all ages.
Niels B. Christiansen, CEO of the LEGO Group said:
“I am very excited about this new model. Our LEGO designers have done an amazing job capturing the details of this iconic Bugatti design. It truly stands as testament that with LEGO bricks you can build anything you can imagine, and an example that with LEGO Technic™, you can build for real. It’s a huge model that I can’t wait to start building myself. I’ve always been passionate about engineering and this model’s details and design are truly fascinating.”
Stephan Winkelmann, President of Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S.:
“Thanks to their proven design and technology expertise, the LEGO Group and Bugatti are the epitomes of their brand segments. The LEGO Technic™ model of the Bugatti Chiron is an expression of this perfect relationship. I am impressed at the precision and refinement with which our super sports car has been translated into the LEGO world and I am sure that fans of both LEGO bricks and Bugatti will love this product.”
The 1:8 scale LEGO® Technic™ Bugatti Chiron replica model – measuring over 5” (14cm) high, 22” (56cm) long and 9” (25cm) wide and featuring 3,599 pieces – is packed full of intricate details and immersive touches. These include aerodynamic bodywork with an active rear wing, spoked rims with low-profile tires, detailed cockpit with movable paddle gearshift, and detailed W16 engine with moving pistons.
Open the doors and you’ll discover that there’s more to the cockpit than first meets the eye, featuring a LEGO Technic™ 8-speed gearbox with paddle gearshift and a steering wheel bearing the iconic Bugatti emblem.
Each individual model comes personalised with its own unique serial number, carefully stored under the hood to unlock special content on LEGO.com/technic. The set also features a speed key which enables you to switch the active rear wing from handling to top speed position.
Hidden discreetly under the hood, you will also discover an additional authentic Bugatti Chiron detail – the stylish Bugatti overnight bag.
Staying true to Bugatti’s heritage, the model features the classic duo-tone blue color scheme reflecting the brand’s signature colour, and a set of identifiable stickers for additional detailing and authenticity of the build.
Delivering a final ’artistic’ touch, the set comes enclosed in an exclusive box and includes a ’coffee table’ style collectors booklet with comprehensive building instructions. Fans can also dive deep into the inspiration behind the design with series of nine exclusive podcasts featuring Bugatti and LEGO experts.
Available from LEGO® stores and shop.LEGO.com from June 1, 2018
Don’t miss our in-depth, hands-on review of the LEGO Technic Bugatti Chiron.