Build Yourself A Lego V8

Even though the eco-mentalists have killed off the legendary Rover V8 and more manufacturers are considering dropping their V8s in favour turbocharged 6-cylinders, you could keep the V8 spirit alive by building your own – out of Lego!

Yes, if you have a degree in engineering and an enormous pile of Lego Technic you can sit down for days on end and recreate the inner workings of a V8 engine. That’s exactly what someone has done here, creating an engine that includes pumping pistons, 32 working valves, a spinning flywheel and a distributer cap that shows the timing with flashing lights. The builder, known simply as Barry from the Netherlands, estimates he’s spent about 300 hours designing and building the engine.

It’s a brilliant piece of Lego engineering, and there are even instructions if you want to try and follow in his footsteps.

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Author: Chris Auty

Voted the Breakthrough Blogger of 2013 by SEAT and the Guild of Motoring Writers , Chris has lived and breathed cars since he was old enough to say 'faster'. With a penchant for hot hatches and an allergy to public transport, he would much prefer to drive a bad car than never drive at all. Fortunately his family has learned to put up with this obsession and the internet has provided a channel for his ramblings.

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