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Press Release

Lego Tractor made of 800,000 Bricks

France's first museum of agriculture, the Musée du Compa, has a new highlight: a full-scale CLAAS tractor built entirely from Lego bricks. The ARION 460 PANORAMIC is made up of almost 800,000 bricks, including 388 different parts.

The mammoth task of construction was undertaken by the only certified Lego builder in France, from the company Sarl ERC Briques, and took 3,500 working hours.

The 3.5t CLAAS Lego tractor is an absolute gem and has been named 'TractoBrick'. It was given its place of honour in the museum's great machine hall, next to almost a dozen other genuine tractors depicting the history of the motorisation of agriculture.

The idea for the project originated in the Musée du Compa itself. A mascot was needed for the new permanent exhibition, and 'TractorBrick' fitted the description. The museum, renowned for its first-class exhibitions, is located in Chartres, about 80 km from Paris. It portrays the history of agriculture and agricultural engineering, and attracts more than 50,000 visitors each year.

The project was financed by public and private organisations, including the French CLAAS company, CLAAS Tractor. In addition, there was a successful fund raising campaign, which far exceeded the target set. Thanks to this, the Musée du Compa will be able to organise a hackathon from 2nd to 4th December 2016. For 48 hours, software developers will try to breathe digital life into 'TractoBrick'.

'TractoBrick' will not only be exhibited at the Musée du Compa but also at the French young farmers' festival, Terres de Jim, in September as well as at the CLAAS headquarters in Harsewinkel (Germany) in the coming months.