Remember when Steve Sammartino created a life size LEGO car, powered by air?

He built the awesome hot rod for his Super Awesome Micro Project. Unfortunately the project website ( is no longer available, but you can watch a clip about the project below.

The website stated

  • More than 500,000 LEGO pieces were used.
  • The car engine is made from standard Lego pieces and runs on air!
  • The engine has four orbital engines and a total of 256 pistons.
  • Top speed is not very fast, around 20-30km (We were scared of a lego explosion so we drove it slowly)
  • It was built in Romania and shipped to a secret location in suburban Melbourne.
  • It's a Hot Rod design, mainly because hot rods are cool.

How it all started

Steve Sammartino started the project by sending out a tweet in 2012, asking for funding. Within a few days he had enough money to make the project a reality. Approximately 500.000 Legos were used in the construction of the car!

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About Steve Sammartino

Steve is an Australian futurists and business technologist. His latest book is called The Lessons School Forgot: How to Hack Your Way Through the Technology Revolution (Amazon). You can follow his work on his website.