Electric cars existed long before Tesla, dating back to the 19th century. But one of the most bizarre-looking was L’Oeuf Electrique, which is French for the Electric Egg. Designed by Paul Arzens in 1942, the little three-wheeled car consisted of an aluminum body and plexiglass windshield. Small cars like the BMW Isetta would prove popular in post-World War II Europe, and Arzens hoped his eclectic electric might also find a place on the road. While Arzen’s concept never really took off, we’d like to think he would be proud to see his car brilliantly reproduced in LEGO-form by Aido K.
Looking at the real-life car and LEGO model side-by-side, Aido K did a fantastic job of capturing the shape of this unusual car. To emulate the huge front windshield, the builder used a windscreen element from the Bionicle Nuhvok set released in 2002. The use of pneumatic tubing to capture the curve of the side-profile works well here and is reminiscent of how flex tubing was used in the Technic Bugatti Chiron. I’m also digging the headlights and inclusion of the car’s steering column.
Angled and curved slopes are expertly used to duplicate the back side’s sharp curve, while side-mounted angled tiles provide additional shaping to the Egg. The only thing this model is missing is the silver aluminum body, but Aido K mentions has plans to source custom chromed elements to make his LEGO car look like the real deal!