LEGO provides inspiration for everyone from preschool-aged future engineers to BMW designers. Recently, BMW and LEGO collaborated on the LEGO Technic BMW R 1200 GS Adventure model kit based on a BMW motorcycle. Now, designers from the two companies took inspiration from the Technic kit to bring to life the Hover Ride Design Concept – a flying hover motorcycle that looks like something straight out of the future.
The 603-part LEGO Technic BMW R 1200 GS Adventure model kit allows LEGO aficionados to construct a miniature version of the best-selling BMW R 1200 GS Adventure. BMW Motorrad first approached LEGO with the idea to design the first LEGO Technic model designed together with a motorcycle manufacturer. Then they went a step further to design the Hover Ride Design Concept.
The hovering vehicle probably won’t hit markets anytime soon. In a press release BMW described the Hover Ride as a futuristic concept “full of emotion and creative energy though not laying claim to technological plausibility.” Combining BMW and LEGO design elements, designers from both companies created the concept with the help of a BMW training unit that gives trainees opportunities to work across departments on different projects. They built the life-size model of the Hover Ride, complete with a propeller.
BMW Motorrad Head of Vehicle Design Alexander Buckan said in a video on the project, “This futuristic concept bike is pretty amazing. I’m really impressed how an idea can be created by LEGO elements and actually become a valid suggestion on how we can ride a motorcycle in the future.” And not only can grade schoolers learn from playing with LEGOS – Buckan said their unusual process to create a LEGO Hover Ride and then a real Hover Ride offered an excellent learning opportunity for the designers involved.
You can purchase the LEGO Technic BMW R 1200 GS Adventure kit for £54.99, or just under $70, here.
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