It is almost a tradition that with every LEGO Technic model from a major vehicular manufacturer released, there would also be a life-sized counterpart and LEGO has just unveiled one for the LEGO Ducati Panigale V4 R!
This was the culmination of 400 man hours by LEGO artist Riccardo Zangelmi and his team, assembling a total of 15,000 individual LEGO Technic elements.
It is interesting to note that everything is held up by LEGO Technic pins and tension, there is absolutely no glue involved (as it should be).
You can check out a behind the brick video below!
SPOTLIGHT ON THE WORLD’S FIRST DUCATI PANIGALE V4 R 1:1 MODEL
BUILT WITH LEGO® TECHNIC™ BRICKS!
Modena, 19th June 2020 – Just a few days after the launch of LEGO® Technic™ Ducati Panigale V4 R set, LEGO Italia and Ducati have surprised us again, presenting the only model in the world of Borgo Panigale’s Red motorcycle 1:1, built with LEGO® Technic™ bricks by the artist Riccardo Zangelmi. Riccardo, who is at his absolute debut with Technic elements, built the 1:1 model completely by hand working 400 hours on it, proving that the concept “Build for Real” is a step up from play to reality!
The Ducati Panigale V4 R and its “twin” built with LEGO Technic elements, an incredible feat by the only Italian artist recognized as a “LEGO® Certified Professional”, were placed side by side on 19th June at the Circuit in Modena. Special guest at this event was Andrea Dovizioso, official racer of the Ducati Team MotoGP, and fan of LEGO® Technic™ bricks who, together with Paolo Lazzarin, General Manager of LEGO Italia and Claudio Domenicali, Ducati CEO, unveiled the special 1:1 version.
“I am very happy because I never imagined I’d have the chance to unveil a bike like this. Almost everyone at some point in their lives has played with LEGO bricks at least once, but seeing up close a replica of the Panigale V4 is something incredible and at a very high level. I would like to congratulate the LEGO artist Riccardo Zangelmi for building such a true to life and detailed version of the motorcycle. I’m sure children and adults alike will be captivated by this incredible model”, said Ducati Team MotoGP rider Andrea Dovizioso.
Riccardo Zangelmi, who has been creating brick artworks for years and using LEGO Technic for the first time on this occasion, said he was thrilled with the result: “Taking part in this project of LEGO Italia and Ducati was the most exciting professional challenge I’d ever faced. It pushed me well beyond any limit and I succeeded by crossing the finishing line as part of a team. I approached the project as an official pilot of the Borgo Panigale Company, giving it my all on the track, looking for and overcoming new challenges. I was the first to look at the two motorbikes side by side, and I am happy to have captured the DNA that characterizes both LEGO Technic and Ducati, recreating with bricks the motorbike that is symbolic of Italian excellence”.
Obviously, the 42107 LEGO® Technic™ Ducati Panigale V4 set created by LEGO Group for the fans of bricks and of two-wheelers, had pride of place at this event. The model measures 32 cm long, 16 cm high and 8 cm wide and is the first motorcycle model in LEGO® Technic™ history to include a gearbox that allows builders to simulate different speeds and driving techniques. Other awesome features include the steering and the suspensions that give the motorbike its realistic movement, not to mention the front and rear disc brakes. A stand, an exhaust pipe, a windshield and a dashboard are also some of the small details that make this replica model so true to the full-size version. And of course, the classic red color is sure to accelerate the pulse of any Ducati fan.
“The Ducati Panigale V4 R is such an elegant Italian icon and a true technological masterpiece”, comments Aurélien Rouffiange, Senior Designer at LEGO Technic. “It is a pleasure and an honour for me to see the fantastic work that LEGO Italia and Ducati have achieved. It is fantastic to see how the famous motorbike built with bricks captures the curves and the unique design of the original. Furthermore, I hope that building the LEGO® Technic™ Ducati Panigale V4 R set transmits the same intense emotions that I feel today. It should be viewed as more than just a game, I hope it will be a lure to enter the world of mechanics, power and technology. The beginning of a long journey, full of fun and enthusiasm”.
The LEGO® Technic™ Ducati Panigale V4 R model is designed for fans aged 10+ and will be available from LEGO.com from 1st June priced at [$59,99/59.99 Euro]. This new model is the first to be created after a licensing agreement was recently signed between the LEGO Group and Ducati Motor Holding.
Imagery of the 1:1 motorbike and the video capturing the assembly are available at the following LINK
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42107 – LEGO® Technic™ Ducati Panigale V4 R
About the LEGO Group
The LEGO Group’s mission is to inspire and develop the builders of tomorrow through the power of play. The LEGO System in Play, with its foundation in LEGO bricks, allows children and fans to build and rebuild anything they can imagine.
The LEGO Group was founded in Billund, Denmark in 1932 by Ole Kirk Kristiansen, its name derived from the two Danish words LEg GOdt, which mean “Play Well”. Today, the LEGO Group remains a family-owned company headquartered in Billund. However, its products are now sold in more than 130 countries worldwide. For more information: www.LEGO.com
About Ducati Motor Holding S.p.A. – A Sole Shareholder Company – A Company subject to the Management and Coordination activities of AUDI AG
Founded in 1926, since 1946 Ducati has been manufacturing sport-inspired motorcycles characterised by high-performance Desmodromic engines, innovative design and cutting-edge technology. With its factory located in Bologna’s Borgo Panigale district, in 2016 Ducati celebrated 90 years since its foundation. The model range covers several market segments with the following families: Diavel, XDiavel, Hypermotard, Monster, Multistrada, SuperSport, Panigale and Streetfighter. In 2015, Ducati presented the Ducati Scrambler: a new brand made of bikes, accessories and apparel that that stands out for its creativity and self-expression.
In 2017, Ducati presented the Panigale V4, the first Ducati production bike to mount a 4-cylinder engine derived directly from the Desmosedici GP engine. Ducati iconic motorcycles, together with an extensive range of bike accessories and technical and lifestyle apparel, are distributed in 90 countries worldwide. In 2019 Ducati delivered 53,183 bikes to customers, consolidating its sales over the 50,000-bike threshold for the fifth year running. Ducati competes in both MotoGP and Superbike World Championships. It has been competing in MotoGP since 2003, winning both the Manufacturers’ and Riders’ titles in 2007, while in Superbike Ducati has won 17 Manufacturers’ titles and 14 Riders’ titles.