BMW has joined forces with Lego to create a futuristic flying motorbike concept, called the Hover Ride. Based on the Lego Technic BMW R 1200 GS Adventure kit, designers used the same 603 parts to create a flying motorbike Lego model. And BMW was so taken with the Lego version, that it decided to create a full-sized replica, complete with front wheel propellers.
The BMW R 1200 GS Adventure Lego replica was launched in January, as part of a challenging 603 piece build. It is the first Lego model to be created in cooperation with the motorcycle manufacturer. Heiner Faust, Head of Sales and Marketing at BMW Motorrad, said: ‘BMW Motorrad approached Lego Group with the idea of a collaboration because the two companies have much in common: they both successfully combine innovation and tradition in their brands and products, providing unforgettable experiences for young and old alike all over the world.’ The two design teams also drew on their inventive flair to create the Lego Technic Hover Ride, an alternative model included in the kit. Alexander Buckan, Head of BMW Motorrad Vehicle Design, said: ‘It was a great idea and a superb creative challenge to develop a fictitious model from the parts of the Lego Technic BMW R 1200 GS Adventure set.
Our concept not only incorporates the BMW Motorrad design DNA with typical elements such as the boxer engine and the characteristic GS silhouette, it also draws on the Lego Technic stylistic idiom.’ Inspired by the Lego model, engineers at BMW Junior – a training unit based in Munich – decided to challenge themselves to re-create the model as a concept vehicle. Several components – such as the front-wheel rim modified to form a propeller – were specially made for the project, demonstrating the youngsters’ skilled craftsmanship.
Markus Kollmannsperger, a trainer who worked on the model, said: ‘It was incredibly inspiring to see colleagues from different disciplines working with our trainees. ‘Everyone involved in this project learned an awful lot.’ The Hover Ride Design Concept went on public display for the first time at Lego World in Copenhagen last week, and will soon move on to be showcased at various BMW bases. It is unclear if the firm plans to turn the concept into a commercially available motorbike.