- - Fully modular design, with separate units for: front and rear suspension, gearbox, and engine.
- - Lightweight Unibody frame
- - V12 engine
- - 6 speed gearbox, 5 + R
- - steering
- - independent wishbone suspension
- - front or rearwheel drive
- - opening doors, bonnet, and trunk
This first Technic project after leaving the LEGO Group in 2008 was my vision of what the next Technic Supercar could look like at the time. Mainly inspired by the last real LEGO Supercar 8448, a set that I unfortunately missed out on, the idea was to upgrade this design to a more modular and customizable model, similar to how real cars are built up. At the same time it had to look modern and fresh, featuring the most recent building techniques. The idea was that this model should not be seen as a finished product, but provide a basic package of a car that would hopefully stimulate and inspire others to modify everything to their own wishes.
To design in functional modules involves quite a bit of planning. Not only does each module have to be rigid on its own, but in the end all modules have to interact and connect with eachother as well. Normally one would start with the drivetrain and different mechanisms, but in this case all the parts had to be developed in parallel; changing something in one module often leads to changing something in other modules as well. To make things even more challenging I wanted to design the model in a similar fashion as official Technic models, keeping the parts count low, without jeopardizing both functions and looks. This meant constructing a so called unibody, a self carrying carrosserie that would fulfill both functional and aesthetic purposes at the same time. Once it was clear where modules would connect, surprisingly it didn't take that much time to work everything out.
The whole process of initial idea to the first working conceptcar including bodywork took around 5 weeks. Of course some extra time was spent afterwards to improve details and make the total build up easier. Some pictures of the standard Conceptcar.
Due to the modular build up, the idea is that people can customize or create their own modules and add-ons. From basic options, like where to put the engine, FWD or RWD, to different body versions, like a convertible or gullwing doors.
However, customization doesn't end there. Besides exchanging different body versions, creating different mechanical modules is another possibility. As an example the suspension is highered for better clearance and a central differential is added to create more of an off-road vehicle with a true AWD system.
So the standard ConceptCar shouldn't be considered as the final version, but more as a platform to start from, where one can customize at will, from smaller adjustments, to complete redesigns...