LEGO-compatible 1:10 scale RC drift car body

PELA Autonomous Drift Car

3D Printed LEGO-compatible Parametric 1:10 Scale RC Drift Car Cover Based On PELA Blocks

A high-end RC drift car is modified with 3D printed PELA blocks, LEGO technics, a Raspberry Pi 3+ and camera to drive itself. Snap on additional sensors and custom body parts as your design evolves. At Futurice, we use this to compete and learn. Our different offices race each other to see who has the mad deep learning skills to drive the car around a track the fastest.

To install, get the last preview release of OpenSCAD then:

git clone --recurse-submodules

PELA Drift Car

PELA Drift Car Maiden Voyage

License: CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

This drift car is a work in progress. PELA Blocks and some imagination with LEGO technics will offer you all the parts you need and see here in the picture. Instructions are currently a bit thin as we iterate fast. We’ll get to it. Promise.

This car has been designed to compete in You can find more resources and ideas there. is a Donkeycar-derived autonomous driving competition based using high end 1:10 electric drift cars. If you’re going to crah- do it with style.

Please see for help with the basic software setup. This car is a high performace, pimped-out version of what you find there.


PELA Drift Car Center Bar

PELA Drift Car Center Bar A configurable mounting bar that can run down the top center of an RC car as the spine on which other modules are mounted. This makes future upgrades and field reconfiguration and repair easier using only technic pins rather than needing to design and print a new part each time.

PELA Drift Car Tamiya TT-02 End Connector

PELA Drift Car Tamiya TT-02 End Connector An adapter for both ends of the Center Bar to allow quick disconnect from the donor Tamiya TT-02 1:10 RC car. Place pins though the end holes to attach where the body shell connectors are usually mounted front and back. A small hole drilled in a LEGO technic bar allows you use use cotter pins to keep this in place much as you would keep the body shell in place with cotter pins.

PELA Raspberry Pi 3B Technic Mount

PELA Raspberry Pi 3B Technic Mount A Raspberry Pi 3B+ holder.

PELA Raspberry Pi Camera Technic Mount

PELA Raspberry Pi Camera Technic Mount A Raspberry Pi 3 camera holder.

PELA PCA9685 16 Channel Servo Drive Knob Mount

PELA PCA9685 16 Channel Servo Drive Knob Mount For holding a servo board within a PELA block with connectors exposed at one end.


If you prefer to avoid git, you can download the files instead.

  1. Download and unzip PELA Drift Car
  2. Download and unzip PELA Blocks as a subdirectory inside the above project (PELA-robot-hand\PELA-blocks)
  3. Calibrate the models to your printer/filament/slicer/preferences (see below)

Git Clone

  1. git clone --recurse-submodules
  2. Calibrate the models to your printer/filament/slicer/preferences (see below)
  3. Before git submodule update --remote to get PELA Blocks project changes, you may want to backup your print calibration files


IMPORTANT: The STL models must be customized for your material, printer and slicer. First calibrate the PELA blocks for your printer to achieve a nice snap fit.

See also Advanced Calibration

Calibration File Backup

If you later update the PELA-blocks project to a newer version, you risk overwirting and loosing your calibration customizations. The simplest solution is to create a backup copy those settings.

  1. cd PELA-drift-car/PELA-Blocks
  2. cp PELA-parameters.scad ../PELA-parameters-backup.scad
  3. cp PELA-print-parameters.scad ../PELA-print-parameters-backup.scad


Edit the OpenSCAD files to generate different views such as one finger at a time.

Be patient, have a nice meal and a coffee, the models are complex and render slowly.


License: CC BY-SA 4.0

Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License

These designs are by PELA project contributors, not by the LEGO corporation. They are compatible with LEGO and similar blocks available from multiple manufacturers and online projects. The associated patents have expired. These designs are not identical to LEGO; they have been specially modified for easy 3D printing and offered in the spirit of open source collaborative innovation.

If what you want is available as injection molded plastic, buy it for the higher quality and durability. These model are helpful when you want something customized, a special color, an unusual material, and for replacement parts when you just can’t wait.

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The software needed is free and open source, OpenSCAD. You can probably learn it in less than an hour.


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