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Ford Explorer Built from Lego Bricks - Web Exclusive

The model took more than 2500 hours to create and will appear at the Ford Driving School at Legoland Florida.

Greg Emmerson
Sep 28, 2011

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A unique Ford Explorer rolled off the line at Ford’s Chicago Assembly Plant was created from more than 380,000 Lego bricks and marks the beginning of a long-term alliance between Ford and Legoland Florida theme park.

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The model took more than 2500 hours to create and will appear at the Ford Driving School at Legoland Florida, which allows children to experience the fun and responsibility of driving their own vehicles (at a maximum of 3mph) The bright red Legoland Florida edition Explorer was created by 22 designers. It weighs an incredible 2654 lb and is supported by a 768 lb aluminum base on the inside.

After its debut at the Chicago plant, which produces the real Explorer, the Lego vehicle will be loaded onto a trailer with transparent sides so motorists can see the Lego Explorer as it makes its way to the new 150-acre Legoland Florida theme park just outside Orlando.

Legoland Florida, which opens October 15, will cater to kids ages 2-12 with more than 50 family-focused rides, shows and attractions plus a botanical garden. The park, which features exhibits using more than 50 million Lego bricks, is divided into 10 themed entertainment zones for kids. It allows them to experience different adventures, including the thrill of getting behind the wheel and learning to drive their own vehicle.

The driving school is divided by age. There’s a Ford Junior Driving School for children ages 3-5 years old and a Ford Driving School for those ages 6-12. The children watch a video with driving instructions and safety tips – starting with the basics like safety belts and the difference between the accelerator and the brake – and move on to stoplights and stop signs. Children then have the opportunity to drive in their own electric vehicles on curbed roads with maximum speed limits of 3mph.

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With its detailed Lego theme, the attraction is designed to give children the experience of driving in a real-world neighborhood.

While the children are behind the wheel, park employees are nearby to ensure the experience stays positive. After the drive is complete, the children are issued their own Ford Driving School license.

Once on site, the Lego Explorer will feature in front of one the Ford Driving Schools for children.

By Greg Emmerson
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