A single tweet was all it took, and now the world has its first functional car made of Lego blocks.
Product of Crowdfunding
“I met this crazy Romanian teenager on the web and we came up with the idea but I knew that I couldn’t afford to fund it,” said project co-founder Steve Sammartino.
So one day, he tweeted, “Anyone interested in investing $500-$1,000 in a project which is awesome and a world first tweet me. Need about 20 participants.”
Soon after, forty Australians offered their money and thus gave birth to the Super Awesome Micro Project as its pioneers dubbed it.
Sammartino’s business partner, 20 year old Romanian Raul Oaida, created the Lego car with over 500,000 blocks. After building it in Romania, the innovators flew the parts back to Melbourne where they test-drove it.
The car runs four air-powered engines alongside 256 pistons – every bit of it made of Lego. Of course, logically, some parts had to be replaced with car-grade material, but nearly every component of the car was made of the famous blocks. The car can go up to 20 kph.
The project cost more than what was crowdsourced and went through 18 months of production.
Unfortunately, Sammartino and Oaida said they are not yet ready to create more cars. “I’ve been up to my neck in Lego for four weeks and my fingers are still sore so I’m not keen on building another one just at the moment,” said Sammartino.