Fullsize Lego car powered by air

We've some pretty amazing machines made out of Lego bricks over the past several years, but this project, built by Steve Sammartino and Raul Oaida, takes the cake as the most impressive. After all, not only is it built in full scale, it can move under its own power with human beings on board. Powered by four engines with a total of 256 pistons and a couple of high-pressure air tanks, its creators claim it can potentially hit speeds of up to 20 miles per hour.

The Super Awesome Micro Project, as it's being called, was built in Romania and then shipped to Melbourne, Australia. It apparently took some 500,000 individual Lego bricks to build, and while we're not sure we'd have gone with a yellow and black hot rod motif, we're suitably impressed by the result.

We offer a hearty pat on the back to the car's builders, and to the 40 Australian backers who donated some cash after reading a single tweet from one of its builders. See the machine for yourself in the image gallery above and video below.