words: Bill, photo: LEGO
Recently, LEGO revealed its latest LEGO Technic kit, the Ducati Panigale VR 4 superbike. This highly-detailed model even has a workable gearbox, front and rear suspension, and realistic steering for the Walter Mitty in all of us.
“The Ducati Panigale V4 R is such an elegant Italian icon and a true technological masterpiece.” commented Aurélien Rouffiange, Senior Designer at LEGO® Technic™. “It was essential that I included as many authentic details from the real motorbike as I could when designing the new LEGO® Technic™ version, ensuring I captured all the bike’s curves and the unique features. Just as Ducati continually pushes boundaries in its design, we demonstrated what the LEGO® Technic™ range is capable of by engineering a fully functioning motorcycle gearbox for the first time and connecting it to the spinning V4 cylinder engine using existing pieces.”
“We have all been kids passionate about LEGO bricks and I think it is easy to understand that this new licensing agreement between Ducati and the LEGO Group is like a dream come true. We are two brands that share the same values of dedication, passion and attention to detail – values that have come together to give life to a unique building experience” said Alessandro Cicognani, Ducati Licensing Director. “Our hope is that the Ducati Panigale V4 R LEGO® Technic™ can bring together, excite and entertain not only children and parents, but also all the fans who ride their motorcycles every day.”
This 646-piece set is due to hit the shelves on June 1st with the price listed at $59.99. Such a small price for such a big piece of engineering. Now for the wait…