Lego reveal Ducati V4R with working suspension and moving V4 engine
Lego have announced a new addition to their Technic motoring range and it’s a Ducati Panigale V4R complete with ‘authentic moving features’ and a two-speed gearbox.
Ideal for kids of all ages, the model comprises 646 parts to replicate Ducati’s BSB and WSB homologation machine right down to details like the exhaust, windscreen, working front and rear suspension and, of course, V4 engine.
"The Ducati Panigale V4R is such an elegant Italian icon and a true technological masterpiece," said 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 version, ensuring I captured all the bike’s curves and the unique features.
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"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."
Pushing the bike along turns its V4 engine over and a two-speed gearbox, operated via a foot lever like a real bike, modulates the speed at which this happens. Lego hope this will give builders an introduction to the world of engineering.
The model is finished off with a paddock stand and has an RRP of £54.99. It will be available from June 1 and has a recommended age guide of 10+ although we suspect the average age of builders may be a little higher than that!
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Video: new self-balancing Ducati V4 S model pulls wheelies
First published 25 July 2019 by Ben Clarke
As you can see in the video, the Upriser maintains its own balance and rides around just like a real Ducati. This is achieved using 12 small counter rotational wheels housed in the rear wheel and controlled by dual optical sensors to constantly adjust balance.
The officially licenced 1:6 scale model is just over 35cm long and 26.5cm tall and also includes an LED headlight and working suspension, but its main party piece is its ability to get its front wheel up.
Simply press a button on the controller and wait a few seconds, and the unit will pull an impressive freestanding wheelie which it can hold while travelling in all directions.
The toy is available from August 2019 and costs £149.99.