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This Ford is built Lego tough

Posted by Bill Griffith  October 14, 2011 04:47 PM

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To get an idea of the scope of a life-sized Ford Explorer built of Legos, it’s good to know something about the world of Lego toys.

For example, my grandson and son-in-law recently assembled a nice Lego toy fire truck. The set contained 216 pieces.

Meanwhile, in September, a red Explorer rolled off Ford’s Chicago assembly plant. However, this one was constructed entirely of Legos — 388,000 of them. The model is the creation of 22 designers who worked more than 2,500 hours on the project. The finished vehicle weighs 2,654 pounds and is supported by a 768-pound aluminum base.

Should you be driving between Chicago and Legoland in Orlando this month, you may see the Lego Explorer pass on the highway.

No, it doesn’t have a real engine, but it will be transported in a trailer with transparent sides until it takes up spot outside one of the park’s attractions, the Ford Driving School for children.

There actually will be two Ford driving courses at the park, one for children ages 3-5 and another for those 6-12. After a driver’s ed video, the kids hit a road course in electric vehicles with a top speed of 3 mph.

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