BMW Hydrogen 7 . . There's nothing wrong with your reading abilities, you read it wright. This just looks like BMW 760Li but in fact it is an environment friendly BMW Hydrogen 7. But the similarity is not accidential. This "green" car is based on the very well known BMW 7 series luxuary, after the facelift. Intersting isn't it?
Unless you live on the Moon you probably know that our so beloved gasoline engines are facing their final destination. Some say that we will run out of oil in the near fifty or sixty years. So big car companies are starting to think in alternate directions. We have quite a lot of hybrid cars which run on electricity. But the problem is distance till we need to recharge the batery again. What else - sun energy. Well - it's no problem on daylight. But if you're heavy night driver - hmm... not a good solution. Hydrogen... hmm.. that's something worth thinking about. Since this fuel in the end emits only steam, this source of energy seems to be appropriate.
In fact, there are already some hydrogen fuel cell cars among us. But then again, since this is very new fuel source we don't have H2 stations in every city. This is were BMW thinks few steps ahead. Instead of running the car on hydrogen fuel cells they keep hydrogen in liquid format. This of course means that the hydrogen must be under huge pressure and at -265 C but they found a solution for that. But the magic hides in the fact that this car has a gasoline system as well. And this all results is a special engine called internal combustion engine or ICE, allowing to drive eigher on very well known gasoline or a fresh new hydrogen, burning both fuels in the same engine.
From the driver point of view nothing changes. The two fuel systems can be switched on or off by a single press of button. The comfort or dynamics - nothing changes. They have left everything the same as it was for the original BMW 760Li - interior, the same, exterior - the same. From a distance you wont tell which is which. The only visual change is an extra petrol cap in the C pillar and a big hydrogen tank which takes almost all the trunk space.
No less interesting than the car itself (the real one) was the building process. You see - I wanted this car to be a usual 16 studs wide. This would fit in the scale I build lately. But in order to do that I had to find a slighy bigger and narrower wheels that those typical ones. LEGO, of course, don't have such. And then I thought - what will happen if I strech those usual wheels over these. It turned out perfect. If the usual wheels where 14 plate height in diameter then the new result was 16 plate height in diameter. If the usual wheels are 3 studs wide then the new ones were 2,5 wide. PERFECT!!!
Another challenge was to make rear doors open without opening the front doors, but leaving a room for legs at the same time. And then I remembered that 1/2 technick pins are not fixed in technick bricks - they can easily rotate. So I turned the 1x2 technick brick with one hole on side, put a 1/2 technick pin in there and a 1x1 brick with handle on top of that. Added two droid arms to that handle and the rear door hinge was ready. That's how I did it.
OK. I know you, who clicked this page were more interested in the pics and not in this bla bla bla. So.. let's start with some exterior pics.
As I said, rear doors can be opened without opening the front doors. And it works in the opposite as well, you can easily open the front doors without opening the rear doors. And you can open front doors even if the rear doors are already open - just like in the real car.
ICE or internal combustion engine. This one of course can't burn anything and in fact are just a few panels made out of LEGO bricks. But the real deal is V12 able to burn eigher gasoline eigher hydrigen emiting only steam if the second is in the pipes.
Luxuary interior. We expect nothing less from it. Wooden panels, light and dark grey leather combo, huge and comfortable seats, lowerable arm rest at the rear seats and many many other features.
All wright.. that's it for today. Hope you like this little peace of me. This in fact is the first successfull 4 door car made by me out of real bricks in this scale. Best of creativity to you all and... see ya - same time, same place :)