All hail Letron! A Turkish research and development team have converted a BMW 3 Series coupe into a real-life Transformer, and all of our childhood dreams have come true.
The Letron, build by Letvision, stands 15 feet (4.57 metres) tall, which is about the height you’d expect an actual Robot in Disguise to stand at.
There is a catch, however — the hardware required to transform a car into a giant humanoid robot takes up most of the vehicle’s interior, so you can’t actually drive it. It can only be driven remotely, with a Wi-Fi controller.
The transformation from car to robot takes about a minute, and is accomplished using a combination of hydraulics and electric motors.
Once it’s in robot mode, Letron can’t walk, but it can turn its head and move its arms, wrists and fingers, and it has a range of light and sound interactions. It even has a smoke machine!
Letvision expects to build more Letrons in the future using a variety of car models, and hopes they’ll soon be legally allowed to transform and roll out in traffic while in car mode.
Letvision say they will soon begin selling Letrons to buyers, but only “if the buyers’ project and their reasons for use meet the criteria of the Letrons team” — which means they probably won’t sell one to you if you’re on Team Decepticon.
Pricing for the Letron has not been released, but we suspect that if you have to ask, you probably can’t afford one.