Just a few days after the launch of Lego Technic Ducati Panigale V4 R set, Lego Italia and Ducati have presented the only model in the world of Borgo Panigale’s Red motorcycle 1:1, built with Lego Technic bricks by the artist Riccardo Zangelmi. Riccardo, who is at his absolute debut with Technic elements, built the 1:1 model completely by hand working 400 hours on it, proving that the concept “Build for Real” is a step up from play to reality.
Riccardo Zangelmi, who has been creating brick artworks for years and using Lego Technic for the first time on this occasion, said he was thrilled with the result: “Taking part in this project of Lego Italia and Ducati was the most exciting professional challenge I’d ever faced. It pushed me well beyond any limit and I succeeded by crossing the finishing line as part of a team. I approached the project as an official pilot of the Borgo Panigale Company, giving it my all on the track, looking for and overcoming new challenges. I was the first to look at the two motorbikes side by side, and I am happy to have captured the DNA that characterises both Lego Technic and Ducati, recreating with bricks the motorbike that is symbolic of Italian excellence”.
The Ducati Panigale V4 R and its “twin” built with Lego Technic elements, an incredible feat by the only Italian artist recognised as a “Lego Certified Professional”, were placed side by side on 19th June at the Circuit in Modena. Special guest at this event was Andrea Dovizioso, official racer of the Ducati Team MotoGP, and fan of Lego Technic bricks who, together with Paolo Lazzarin, general manager of Lego Italia and Claudio Domenicali, Ducati CEO, unveiled the special 1:1 version.
“I am very happy because I never imagined I’d have the chance to unveil a bike like this. Almost everyone at some point in their lives has played with Lego bricks at least once, but seeing up close a replica of the Panigale V4 is something incredible and at a very high level. I would like to congratulate the Lego artist Riccardo Zangelmi for building such a true to life and detailed version of the motorcycle. I’m sure children and adults alike will be captivated by this incredible model”, said Ducati Team MotoGP rider Andrea Dovizioso.
Obviously, the 42107 Lego Technic Ducati Panigale V4 set created by Lego Group for the fans of bricks and of two-wheelers, had pride of place at this event. The model measures 32cm long, 16cm high and 8cm wide and is the first motorcycle model in Lego Technic history to include a gearbox that allows builders to simulate different speeds and driving techniques. Other awesome features include the steering and the suspensions that give the motorbike its realistic movement, not to mention the front and rear disc brakes. A stand, an exhaust pipe, a windshield and a dashboard are also some of the small details that make this replica model so true to the full-size version. And of course, the classic red colour is sure to accelerate the pulse of any Ducati fan.
“The Ducati Panigale V4 R is such an elegant Italian icon and a true technological masterpiece”, says Aurélien Rouffiange, senior designer at Lego Technic. “It is a pleasure and an honour for me to see the fantastic work that Lego Italia and Ducati have achieved. It is fantastic to see how the famous motorbike built with bricks captures the curves and the unique design of the original. Furthermore, I hope that building the Lego Technic Ducati Panigale V4 R set transmits the same intense emotions that I feel today. It should be viewed as more than just a game, I hope it will be a lure to enter the world of mechanics, power and technology. The beginning of a long journey, full of fun and enthusiasm”.
The Lego Technic Ducati Panigale V4 R model, designed for fans aged 10 and over, will be available from Lego.com from 1 June. This new model is the first to be created after a licensing agreement was recently signed between the Lego Group and Ducati Motor Holding.