Rolls-Royce, who also produces airplane engines, unveiled the newest version of its Trent 1000 recently. Although the engine doesn't exactly produce any thrust, it's a fairly accurate, half-scale model of the real engine, with the exception that it's made entirely of Legos - 152,455 of them. The Lego engine weighs 675 pounds and features a fan with a diameter of almost 5 feet. The real engine weighs a whopping 12,710 pounds and has a fan diameter of just over 9 feet.
The Lego version of the engine shows the inside of the engine, complete with the complex fan blades that are located in the front to produce thrust. The compressor blades and a combustion section can also be seen, made out of plastic brick detail.
The engine was built to inspire a younger generation. Rolls-Royce Chief Scientific Officer, Paul Stein, said, "We are very pleased some of our own graduates and apprentices have contributed to building it, ensuring it is as realistic as possible." He added, "We hope that this representation of our technology will help to enthuse and inspire the potential scientists and engineers of the future about the career opportunities they could pursue."
Rolls-Royce has definitely invested a lot of money and time to this project, and it's definitely a great way to inspire young ones. The project took a team of four people eight weeks to complete the full engine.
We've certainly had our share of Rolls-Royces come through our detailing shop, and each one boasts something beautiful. If Rolls-Royce brought us its engine for a detailing, we'd be a little baffled but no project is too big for us here at Lake Havasu Mobile Detail.