An in-depth study of the design of a 4-wide LEGO car.

A Design Analysis of a LEGO Car

1 - the aggressive diffuser up front was styled on the lower jaw of a female angler fish, and serves an aerodynamic purpose as well.

2 - the raked windshield, inspired by military airplane cockpits, is also a transparent touch-screen from the inside, from which one would be able to adjust all secondary controls.

3 - continuing the angler fish theme, the rear arc-shaped air intake brings to mind the dorsal appendage of such an animal.

4 - the designer gave the car a cove and a bend here, emphasizing the rear fenders and leaving the rear tires naked to the eye.

5 - the nozzles of the vapor exhaust are adjustable, falling to the sides or standing erect. This is for downforce purposes, but happens to work aesthetically as well.

6 - rarely has one part of a car served two purposes so eloquently. These two curves, styled after the ribs on a chambered nautilus' shell, serve as both the spoilers and the rear lights. The spoiler-lights are not made of fully solid material, and are thus entirely retractable. Oliver Wendell Holmes' 19th-century poem, The Chambered Nautilus, has two of its lines inscribed in tiny font on the lights (on this particular car), one on the left and one on the right:

from thy dead lips a clearer note is born

and

than ever Triton blew from wreathéd horn!

...fitting, since the exhaust is right beside the lights. The chambered nautilus inspiration is also an extension of the marine theme. Potential buyers of the car would have the option of having their own inscriptions carved into the lights.

7 - the vapor exhaust nacelles themselves, in contrast to the rest of the flowing body, are perfectly horizontal, giving a sense of speed and power.

8 - the arch of the windshield curves into the lower back of the car, emulating the posture of a young lady.