Our Christmas list has just been altered significantly. Armed with 500,000 Lego bricks and cash raised via a couple of ambiguous tweets, an Australian and a Romanian have built a life-sized, air-powered Lego hot rod that has taken to the streets of Melbourne at a top speed of 18 mph.
The car was designed and built by Melbourne’s Steve Sammartino and Romanian whiz kid Raul Oaida.
The Super Awesome Micro Project was funded by a pair of vague tweets from Sammartino and Oaida, asking for 20 participants to kick in $500 to $1,000. The car is powered with four compressed-air-driven orbital engines and 256 pistons made of Legos. The wheels and a few load-bearing parts are not Lego-based.
The car was built in Romania and shipped to Australia for its first public test drive.
You can read more about the project and its unusual funding here.