Well, McLaren and LEGO have done it again. The British sports car maker and the world famous Danish toy maker have come together again, this time to create a life-size replica of the limited McLaren Senna Road Legal Track Car. A total of 4,935 hours were invested to create this highly detailed model using LEGO elements, including the design and development phase, and involving no less than 42 men and women from the LEGO build team.
All told, this Full-scale LEGO McLaren Senna Road Car packed 467,854 individual LEGO elements – nearly 200,000 more LEGO bricks more than the 720S the automaker showed off at the Goodwood Festival of Speed two years ago. Impressive. Not just by the number of bricks, but also the details that it had. You would think the mostly plastic LEGO bricks-based McLaren Senna sculpture on wheels would be no more weightier than the real car. Well, on the contrary, it is 500 kilograms (1,102 lbs) heavier than the actual vehicle, coming in at a grand 1,700 kilograms (3,748 lbs!).
Not only that. Teams of up to 10 LEGO builders working in shifts used 2,725 hours to click the pieces together – 9x longer than it required to reproduce each hand-assembled real Senna which takes 300 hours. So, this LEGO version could very cost as much as the real deal. But obviously, this isn’t for sale. What makes this particular build different from the slew of life-size automobile builds is, it actually incorporate real car parts form an actual Senna, including the lightweight carbon fiber driving seat, steering wheel and pedal. Real McLaren badges, and wheels and Pirelli tires are also outfitted on this full-scale LEGO version as per on the real car.
Like the actual car, the Full-scale LEGO McLaren Senna Road Car is in Victory Gray with contrasting orange highlights. Interestingly, the dihedral doors were designed to be removable to allow for easy ingress and egress. Speaking of ingress and egress… this Full-scale LEGO McLaren Senna Road Car was designed to be interactive. It was designed to allow fans to climb aboard, get behind the wheel, and mess with a bunch of things inside, including the start button in the roof that triggers a simulation of the 208 mph car roaring to life.
In addition, fans can also operate the working lights as well as infotainment system. So, yeah, not only this beauty has working lights, it even has functioning infotainment system onboard. Obviously, those aren’t made of LEGO bricks. Impressive nonetheless. Kudos to McLaren for coming up with the idea to allow engagement with McLaren fans as opposed to just a life-size car sculpture. Engagement was the key in the life-size LEGO 720S from two years ago too. Back then, fans were invited to help to add 12,700+ pieces to complete the model.
Unfortunately though, as with the full-size LEGO 720S, the Full-scale LEGO McLaren Senna Road Car is not something money can buy even if you have boatloads of money. But hey, fret not because, there is always the LEGO 75892 McLaren Senna to look to. That thing might be tiny, but at least it has a wind tunnel setup (well, kind of…) and a wrench, and it costs a fraction of the real car at just 15 bucks. The Full-scale LEGO McLaren Senna Road Car will be hitting up various events throughout 2019, including Goodwood Festival of Speed in Sussex in UK in July.
It took over 400,000 LEGO bricks and 2,725 hours to create this life-size model of the LEGO Speed Champions McLaren Senna ? #LEGO #McLarenSenna #LEGOSpeedChampions @McLarenAuto pic.twitter.com/E1qBpcJD2l— LEGO (@LEGO_Group) March 26, 2019
Source: Twitter (LEGO).