The life-size Lego Technic car traveled to the National Design Engineering Show and Conference in Chicago to help Bayer Corp. tout its new North American styrenics product line, acquired Dec. 31 from Monsanto Co. More than 650,000 injection molded ABS Legos went into the car, which sports a V-8 engine, four-speed gear box, independent wheel suspension and moving lights and mirrors. The plastic bricks are molded to tolerances of five-thousandths of a millimeter, Pittsburgh-based Bayer said. Several technicians escorted the car from Legoland theme park in Billund, Denmark, and parked it at Bayer's booth for its U.S. debut at the show, March 18-22. Parent company Bayer AG in Leverkusen, Germany, has supplied Lego Group with ABS for nearly two decades. The firm became a major ABS player in both Europe and North America when it bought Monsanto's Lustran business. Bayer said the Lego car has qualified for a place in the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest car ever built of Lego pieces. More show coverage appears on Page 4.
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