BMW says it doesn’t have plans to develop a hover bike after this Lego toy collaboration was produced as both a model and a full-size replica.
Lego and BMW recently collaborated to produce a detailed model of the BMW R 1200 GS Adventure made of 603 Lego parts.
It is available for sale at $70 and is the first Lego Technic model be produced in cooperation with a motorcycle manufacturer.
Now the two have got together again to produce an alternative model as is commonly provided with LEGO Technic 2-in-1 kits.
So the parts of the LEGO Technic BMW R 1200 GS Adventure can also be used to build the Hover Ride Design Concept.
Meanwhile, the BMW Junior Company – a BMW Group training unit – turned the Hover Ride model into a full-size replica.
BMW Motorrad Vehicle Design boss Alexander Buckan says the Hover Ride is a futuristic concept “full of emotion and creative energy though not laying claim to technological plausibility”.
“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,” he says.
“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.”
While he claims they are “not laying claim to technological plausibility”, we are certain there are hover bike plans on a BMW drawing board somewhere.
After all, BMW recently unveiled its Vision Next 100 self-balancing motorcycle with all sorts off ”technically implausible” technology.
Besides, is a hover bike so implausible?
Back to the Future II featured a hover board 30 years ago as a joke. Now you can buy hover boards … although they are not quite like in the cult movie!
The Hover Ride Design Concept involved trainees of the BMW Junior Company Munich.
Numerous components – such as the front-wheel rim modified to form a propeller – were specially made for the project, demonstrating the trainees’ skilled craftsmanship.
The full-size model of the Hover Ride Design Concept will be displayed at various technical and automotive shows around the world.