Noah Armistead sits with his Lego replica Ferrari engine

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Engineering alum Noah Armistead (B.S.’22) chats with the magazine about a replica Ferrari engine he’s building almost entirely out of Lego bricks

This is Noah Armistead (B.S.’22). And this is the replica Ferrari 158 engine he’s been constructing almost entirely of Lego bricks the past two years, first as a project for his engineering degree and now because it’s just too fun to stop. The pictured motor consists of about 4,000 plastic pieces and one 3D-printed part (sleeves to size cylinders for their pistons), and its components properly push and pull when Armistead hand-turns the crankshaft. The engine eventually will include about 10,000 pieces and run when connected to a shop-vac-style vacuum. In February, Armistead began a job in the engine department at Hendrick Motorsports in Charlotte, North Carolina. Before he left Richmond, he gave the magazine’s video team a tour of his creation.


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