I used to have a huge bucket of Lego bricks, but I never built anything as supremely cool as this Ford Mustang Lego build by Madrid, Spain’s Sheepo.
Sheepo, who according to his website is a 27-year-old man named Fernando, says he is an engineer. That’s believable, because I don’t know many non-engineers who would bother to go to the level of detail Sheepo did with his custom Ford Mustang built out of Lego Technic pieces.
Sheepo’s build page says the car was built as a 1/8th scale approximation of the current generation of the Ford Mustang. It weighs a svelte 3.1 kilograms (that’s roughly 6.8 lbs), has five motors, and consists of some 3,500 individual parts. And yes, it has fully functioning doors, trunk lid, and hood — and the hood and doors even have latches that necessitate pulling a handle to open them. Inside, there are four seats just like the real Mustang, and the front seats flilp forward to provide access to the rear row.
But the chassis details get a lot more interesting than that. The Sheepo Lego Ford Mustang has a sequential five-speed gearbox with a sixth reverse gear, all controlled by a Lego “PF” servo motor. Like many real car transmissions, the top two forward ratios are overdrives, with the top speed of the car reported to be approximately 2 MPH. Two Lego “L” motors provide motive power for the car. The car’s steering is controlled by a Lego “M” motor and features a steering wheel that is connected the steering system just like a real car — when the motor angles the front wheels, the steering wheel turns to match that angle. Another “M” motor allows calipers to clamp down on disc brakes at all four corners of the Mustang. Yes, in case you were wondering, there is a working brake pedal, too.
Sheepo’s Mustang has suspension based on the real deal: MacPherson struts up front, four-link live axle out back. The Spanish builder said he dialed in two degrees of camber, 3.5 degrees of caster, and seven degrees of kingpin angle. To top that advanced suspension work, the very bones of the chassis contain another advanced construction technique: This baby’s unibody. “The roof is part of the frame too, it improve a lot the torsional stiffness,” Sheepo said in perhaps somewhat broken English.
As you might have guessed, this isn’t Sheepo’s first realistic Lego car build. Previous builds include a Bugatti Veyron, a Porsche 911 cabriolet, and even this super-awesome Peterbilt 379 with a mechanically correct Caterpillar C15 inline six-cylinder diesel engine under its forward-tilting hood.
Sheepo, let us just say this: You’re an inspiration to Lego tinkerers everywhere. Keep up the good work.