Category Archives: Technic

Eruption*

Lego Technic Supercar

This striking-looking supercar entitled ‘Volcano’ comes from Charbel of Flickr and Eurobricks, and it’s one of the coolest Technic creations we’ve seen in ages. Featuring all the prerequisites of a Technic Supercar Charbel’s creation includes all-wheel independent suspension, working steering, opening doors, hood and engine cover, a flat-6 engine and a 4-speed gearbox. There’s lots more to see of the Volcano at both Flickr and Eurobricks – click the links to make the jump.

Lego Technic Supercar

*We’re still going with songs for post titles. We could’ve gone with this one, but it’s much too classy for this blog. Van Halen on the other hand…

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Veneno

Lego Lamborghini Veneno

This is a Lamborghini Veneno Roadster, a car that – even by Lamborghini standards – is completely mad. Based on the Aventador supercar, the 740bhp V12-engined carbon-fibre Veneno celebrated the marque’s 50th birthday with a limited production run of fewer than 10 units, each costing over $4million, making the Veneno the most expensive production car in the world.

Lego Technic Lamborghini Veneno

A bit pricy for us here at TLCB then, but fortunately Flickr’s Lachlan Cameron has the answer with this superb Technic recreation of the nutty Lamborghini. Featuring full remote control drive, inboard suspension, a V12 piston engine and working lights, Lachlan’s Technic Veneno is brilliantly engineered inside and out. An extensive gallery of images detailing the build is available to view on Flickr and you can take a closer look via the link in the text above.

Lego Technic Lamborghini Veneno

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Outlawed Electronics

Lego Technic Supercar Crowkillers

This fantastic looking Technic Supercar ‘Outlaw’ comes from TLCB Master MOCer and serial bloggee Paul Boratko, better known as Crowkillers. His latest creation celebrates 40 years of LEGO Technic, and returns the theme to its mechanical roots. Paul’s model forgoes Power Functions motors and remote control for gears and levers, and we love it for that. Working steering, all-wheel suspension, a deployable rear wing, 4+R gearbox and a V8 engine are all included, and all must be powered manually by the human (or Elf) in control. There’s more to see of Paul’s build, including detailed images of the chassis, gearbox and suspension, on MOCpages – click the link above to make the jump to the full gallery and build specs.

Lego Technic Outlaw Supercar

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Lykan Hypersport – Picture Special

Lego Lykan Hypersport SBrick

This is the Lykan Hypersport, a car with a base price of $3.4million, a production run of just seven units, and diamonds embedded in the headlights. It is a spectacularly pointless machine, built for people who are only interested in having the most expensive of everything (the Abu Dhabi Police Department included, who have – unbelievably – ordered one), and yet… the world would be a duller place without it.

Lego Lykan Hypersport Remote Control

This jaw-dropping SBrick-controlled replica of the Middle East’s first (but almost certainly not last) hypercar is the work of previous bloggee dgustafsson1317, who may not have a talent for screen names but he sure does with Danish plastic. Featuring opening everything and exquisite detail, dgustafsson’s Lykan is one of the most impressive cars of the year so far, and you can see more of the build at the huge Flickr album via the link above.

Lego Lykan Hypersport Remote Control

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‘Initial D’ AE86

Lego Toyota AE86 Initial D

Once every so often a car comes along that, for reasons mysterious and illogical, becomes more than just another metal box, a car that captures the imagination, and that becomes more than the sum of its parts. This is one such car, the legendary 1980s Toyota Corolla Levin AE86 / Sprinter Trueno.

If you’re a Japanese drift fan though, you might want to skip this next bit…

The Toyota AE86 was not a special car.

It was in fact a humdrum hatchback designed to take people from point A to point B reliably and at a reasonable cost. Just like every other humdrum hatchback at the time.

But it’s a manual with rear wheel drive we here you cry! It was indeed, but so was pretty much everything else on sale in Europe and Japan back then. So far so ordinary.

Lego Toyota AE86 Initial D

But then something strange happened. Moderately successful motorcycle racer / moderately unsuccessful car racer Kunimitsu Takahashi had started to throw cars sideways on track in Japan a few years earlier. Rookie racer Keiichi Tsuchiya liked what he saw, and applied the technique to the illegal street races that he was participating in, becoming a legend in the process.

Keiichi went on to forge a successful professional racing career following his antics on the street, and the car from his illegal racing days, his humble Corolla Levin AE86, became a legend as big as the man that drove it.

Japan’s illegal drift scene exploded, and the arrival of the Initial D manga cartoon in the mid ’90s, featuring a hero driver at the wheel of a Toyota AE86, did nothing to lessen the legend of both the man and the car credited with creating it.

The result is that the little Toyota Corolla Levin AE86 has become one of the most iconic and sought after cars of the ’80s, and as such prices have gone stratospheric. Pretty good for a humble hatchback designed to go to the shops.

If, like us, you don’t quite have the loose change to get your hands on a real AE86, Technic builder RM8 might have just the answer. This is his beautifully engineered AE86 model, and it captures the details of the real ’80s Corolla Levin brilliantly in Technic form. It’s also as fun to drive as drifting a real AE86 up a Japanese mountain pass (probably), with a Power Functions L Motor driving the rear wheels, a Servo Motor powering the steering, and a third-party SBrick bluetooth receiver controlling the signals to both.

There’s lots more to see of RM8’s Toyota Corolla Levin AE86 / Sprinter Trueno at MOCpages and the Eurobricks discussion forum, but much like the real car RM8’s model is something more than the sum of its parts. Take a look at RM8’s enthralling video below to see why…

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Clockwork Orange

Lego Technic Mercedes-Benz Arocs Tipper Truck

We have a happy TLCB Elf in the office today. Contentedly munching on an orange Smartie (they’re the best kind), it found this brilliant mechanical-only Technic Mercedes-Benz Arocs tipper truck. Yup, mechanical only – meaning Thirdwigg’s Arocs tipper has completely eschewed Power Functions remote control for good ol’ fashioned hand-powered gears. This meant no Elven mayhem, no smushing, and a quiet and peaceful day for all. The Elves even seem to be enjoying this unusual state of affairs, but we’re sure that’ll change soon.

Lego Technic Mercedes-Benz Arocs Tipper Truck

Thirdwigg’s truck hasn’t eschewed functionality alongside electric power though, and it’s packed with all the working functions you’d expect a Technic model to have, including four-wheel steering, a working piston engine, a tilting cabin with opening doors, and a linear actuator controlled tipper mechanism.

We think Thirdwigg’s Arocs tipper truck would make a decent official Technic set, and you can see more of his build at both his Flickr photostream and via the Brickshelf gallery here.

Lego Mercedes-Benz Arocs

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Wremotely Wrangling

Lego Technic Jeep Wrangler

This spellbinding creation comes from one of The Lego Car Blog’s very favourite builders. Madoca1977 has appeared here numerous times over the years with his stunning Technic vehicles. His latest is one of the best loved 4x4s on the planet (and one of the most realistic Lego recreations of it we’ve ever seen); the glorious Jeep Wrangler.

Lego Jeep Wrangler 4x4

Powered by two L Motors with a Medium motor driving the steering, Madoca’s Jeep is fully remote controlled, and it features a unique shock-less pendular suspension set-up to give it genuine off-road ability, despite both front and rear axles having an open differential.

Lego Technic Jeep Wrangler

The Wrangler also features LED lights, opening doors, hood and tailgate, and a detachable hardtop, and there’s loads more to see courtesy of the discussion forum at the Eurobricks portal, where there are also images of a black version of the model available to view, plus a link to building instructions. Tempted?… See what Madoca’s Jeep Wrangler can do via the video below…

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Minecraft

Lego Technic Mining Excavator

It’s been a summery weekend here at TLCB, and this writer has been enjoying the great outdoors. Spare a thought then for those working far away from the sun, bringing us the materials out of the ground that we use in everyday life. However, one upside to such a job is that someone gets to drive machines like this one; the huge mining excavators.

This one isn’t huge at all though, having been thoroughly miniaturised by builder Krall, yet it’s still packed with Technic functionality. A rotating superstructure, rolling tracks, a two-stage motorised arm and a motorised bucket all feature, and there’s more to see of Krall’s creation at his Flickr photostream and at the Eurobricks discussion forum.

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Independence Day

Lego Technic RC Nimr Ajban SOV

It’s the fourth of July! Which means America is celebrating the day when Will Smith and Jeff Goldblum implanted a virus in the alien mothership intent on invading Earth. Or something. Anyway, to celebrate here’s probably the most American vehicle we could find, a huge gas-guzzling military off-road behemoth!

Except this huge gas-guzzling military off-road behemoth isn’t American at all. In fact it’s called the Nimr Ajban SOV (a name alone which probably irritates some members of the NRA), and it comes from the United Arab Emirates.

This giant 1:8 scale Technic recreation of Abu Dhabi’s finest military hardware is the work of Samolot, and it’s packed with Technic goodness. Four Power Functions L motors offer direct drive to each wheel, a fifth L motor powers the steering, there’s all-wheel independent suspension, and it sits on massive third party 130mm tyres.

If you’d like to see more of Samolot’s Nimr Ajban head on over to either MOCpages or Eurobricks where the full gallery of images – plus some videos of the model in action – are available to view.

Lego Technic RC Nimr Ajban SOV

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Supermarket Special Stage

Lego Technic Rally Car

The World Rally Championship has a long association with humble hatchbacks. This is probably because of the sport’s grass-roots origins, when cars really were just road-going shopping appliances, and where the tightness of the rural European roads on which the stages were held favoured the small and nimble.

These days the WRC is used primarily as an advertising tool for mass-market products. If a car can deal with a Swedish forest, it’ll probably be alright in the supermarket carpark. The current crop of works WRC cars include the Ford Fiesta, Skoda Fabia, Hyundai i20, Citroen C3, and Toyota Yaris, and they are becoming increasingly (and gloriously) nuts.

Lego Technic Rally Car

Previous bloggee Horcik Designs has decided to construct his very own WRC contender to join in the fun, and it’s a beautifully packaged bit of kit. A three-cylinder piston engine is mounted transversely under the hood, delivering the power to the independently-sprung wheels via a four-speed gearbox. Working steering, opening doors, hood and trunk, and a roll cage all feature too, and the body panels can be easily removed to reveal the internal construction.

A full gallery of images is available at Horcik’s Flickr photostream – click the link above to the make the jump.

Lego Technic Rally Car

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Towing on Tour

Lego Technic Military Tow Truck

When you’re in middle of an Iraqi desert with mechanical trouble you can’t just call the AA. Luckily Ivan M has just the tool to help. Built to recover seriously heavy military hardware, Ivan’s military heavy duty tow truck features a V8 engine, working steering, all-wheel suspension, a rotating and raising crane, and a functioning winch. If your armoured car has broken down give him a call on either Flickr or Eurobricks.

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Crotch Rocket

Lego Technic Superbike

This brilliant-looking Technic superbike comes from Justin Broniszewski of MOCpages, and it looks like it’s going a million standing still. Working steering, a V4 piston engine and rear suspension all feature, and there’s more to see via the link above.

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Back in Black

Lego Technic Porsche Carrera GT

The Lego Car Blog Archives are a scary place. Dark, forbidding, and – rumour has it – stalked by a band of long-feral Elves, it’s a part of TLCB Towers that this writer tries to avoid.

Needs must though, as we were sure that this spectacular Technic Porsche Carrera GT had appeared here before. It turns out that it has, but builder Artemy Zotov has newly rebuilt his Porsche in an updated black colour scheme to coincide with the release of the model’s building instructions.

Featuring a V10 engine, working steering and suspension, and a rising and retracting rear spoiler, Artemy’s Carrera GT is one of the finest Technic Supercars of recent times. You can check out the full details of the build at Artemy’s MOCpage, where you can now find a link to the model’s building instructions so that you can create your own!

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Rapid Raptor

Lego RC Ford Raptor Sariel

If you were wondering where we were before today’s posts, seeing as things had gone very quiet here at TLCB, let us explain. It’s all Sariel‘s fault.

This is his awesome remote control Ford Raptor Trophy Truck; a twin buggy Motor propelled, long-travel suspension Technic monster, with a 15km/h top speed.

A typical TLCB Elf cannot run at 15km/h. At least not for a sustained period. And thus, as has become standard practice in TLCB Towers, our Elves were duly mown down in the corridors by the delighted Elven pilot of Sariel’s machine.

Lego RC Ford Raptor Sariel

So fast, nimble and tough is Sariel’s Raptor that almost every Elf in the office at the time became a road traffic accident statistic (if we ever bothered to record the casualties), before the driver finally lost control and crashed the Ford into the water cooler and alerted staff to the carnage.

With the victims mostly patched up and all the errant Elven body parts put into the food recycling tub we’ve been able to return to blogging today, so whilst we go through our mailbox and award Smarties to successful Elves (including the one responsible for today’s smushing), you can check out Sariel’s brilliant Ford Raptor Trophy Truck by clicking here, plus you can watch it in action courtesy of the excellent video below.

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But It’s All Right Now, In Fact It’s a GAZ

Lego Technic RC GAZ 3351 Sariel

This Thunderbirds-looking thing is actually a GAZ 3351, a real all-terrain transport vehicle with its roots in the Soviet Union. Well, this one’s made of LEGO, but you could buy a real one if you wanted to.

Which is what we suspect the Elves, if they had any money or concept of money, would do – such was the joy (and carnage) amongst them when this powered into the office this morning.

Lego Technic RC GAZ 3351 Sariel

Driven by an XL Motor inside each section and steered via a linear actuator powered articulated pivot, Sariel‘s GAZ 3351 can go almost anywhere, and over almost anything – TLCB Elves included.

The four tracks providing this go-anywhere, smush-anything ability are suspended via oscillating bogies, and are constructed from 560 individual rubber axle-joiners.

This gives the GAZ incredible traction, but the design wasn’t without its teething problems, which you can watch in Sariel’s excellent development and demonstration video below. There are more images to see of Sariel’s GAZ 3351 at his photostream too – click here to take a look.

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