The world’s first jet engine to be made entirely of Lego bricks is making an exclusive appearance in Derbyshire.
The fully working replica of the Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engine has been created to inspire young people to pursue careers in science and engineering and went on display at Westfield Derby on Monday, August 20, for two weeks.
This is the engine’s first public appearance since it was unveiled at the Farnborough Air show.
Made from 152, 455 pieces of Lego, the engine which is normally produced to power a Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft was created by professional Lego builders, with advice from a team of graduates and apprentices from Rolls-Royce.
The inspiration for the model came from a five-year-old boy who sent a photo to Rolls-Royce of a small engine he made with his dad from Lego.
Over 160 separate engine components were built and joined together in order to replicate a real jet engine. Everything from the large fan blades which suck air into the engine down to the combustion chambers where fuel is burned, had to be analysed and replicated using the world famous building blocks.
Janine Bone, centre manager at Westfield Derby, comments: “To see the engine up-close is out of this world. To have the opportunity to showcase this Lego engine, the first of its kind in the world, is very exciting and I’m certain there will be a huge buzz around the centre with people itching to see the engine in its full glory.”
As well as hearing first-hand about the engine and how it was put together from Rolls-Royce engineers, visitors will also have the opportunity to hear about apprenticeships and careers at the world-leading provider of power systems.
Paul Stein, Rolls-Royce chief scientific officer, said: “We are very pleased some of our own graduates and apprentices have contributed to building the engine, ensuring it is as realistic as possible. What we do is exciting and we hope that this representation of our technology will help to enthuse and inspire the potential scientists and engineers of the future about the career opportunities they could pursue.”
The engine is located on Level 2 near Eat Central.
For more information, visit www.uk.westfield.com/derby