RE: McLaren unveils full-size Lego Senna

RE: McLaren unveils full-size Lego Senna

Tuesday 26th March

McLaren unveils full-size Lego Senna

Sennas are known for making nearly a tonne of downforce; here's one made with a tonne of bricks!



McLaren has launched more than its fair share of special edition models lately; from the Senna GTR to the Speedtail, its cars have been redefining performance in segments across the supercar spectrum. There's one niche they haven't yet conquered, though, one where even Woking's state of the art construction methods are of no use...

That's because plastic is the key component of this latest iteration of Senna, the full-size car comprised almost entirely of tiny Lego blocks. Despite being constructed from the beloved plaything, though, the numbers attached to the project are just as mind-boggling as those generated by the standard machine.


For starters, the 1:1 scale model took nearly 5,000 hours for 42 people to create - with 2,725 hours of that being assembly time - a long enough period to build nine roadgoing Sennas in real life. It also comprises almost half a million separate components, including one metric tonne of Lego in the form of 467,854 individual bricks, for a total weight of 1,700kg - 500kg more than the real thing.

Where does the rest of that heft come from? Well, that's what separates this creation from other life-size renditions of supercars you may have seen before. The Lego version features a real carbon fibre seat, steering wheel and pedal box from a production Senna, giving fans the ability to climb inside it and even press the roof-mounted start button to activate a simulation of the 208mph hypercar starting up.


They can operate the functioning lights and infotainment system, too, and behold the genuine McLaren badges and wheels wrapped in production spec Pirelli tyres; for many fans of the brand it'll be the closest they get to the real thing.

As always, there's got to be a little PR in this PR stunt, though. The car's brickwork has been finished in Victory Grey with contrasting orange highlights, mimicking the rather more manageable 15cm-long, 219-piece version which has been added to the Lego Speed Champions range. That's available now for £12.99, but if only the real thing will do, then fans of all ages will be able to get up close to the Lego Senna - and likely a production one, too - at this summer's Goodwood Festival of Speed. Look for us in the queue.






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pacdes

Original Poster:

63 posts

102 months

Tuesday 26th March
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Think I prefer the lego version!

simonbamg

244 posts

64 months

Tuesday 26th March
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Hopefully the Lego one won’t burn down

TIGA84

4,802 posts

172 months

Tuesday 26th March
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Love it, looks better than the 720 they had at FOS a couple of years ago in Lego, mind you they'd left it 90% done so people could help finish it off but I think that looks ace.

j90gta

471 posts

75 months

Tuesday 26th March
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That's the next Christmas Lego present sorted then.

housen

1,548 posts

133 months

Tuesday 26th March
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is pistonheads turning into the daily mail of car journalism ?

fking rs4 facelift article earlier too ...what a loada rubbish ....car testing in camouflage wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Paddy78

146 posts

87 months

Tuesday 26th March
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It just looks like the low res, highly compressed images that you used to get on the internet years ago... or on PH still.

LotusOmega375D

4,182 posts

94 months

Tuesday 26th March
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Just looks like a normal McLaren Senna to me.

Ransoman

503 posts

31 months

Tuesday 26th March
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Does this mean this years supercar set will be a Mclaren? Would look great next to the Bugatti.

dazwalsh

4,295 posts

82 months

Tuesday 26th March
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that is ace!

1781cc

239 posts

35 months

Tuesday 26th March
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housen said:
is pistonheads turning into the daily mail of car journalism ?

fking rs4 facelift article earlier too ...what a loada rubbish ....car testing in camouflage wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
It was an RS6 article...

Panjy

53 posts

87 months

Tuesday 26th March
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Yes, a mclaren i can afford!

herebebeasties

404 posts

160 months

Tuesday 26th March
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Panjy said:
Yes, a mclaren i can afford!
Have you seen the price of LEGO lately? You may need to rethink that...

janesmith1950

2,821 posts

36 months

Tuesday 26th March
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pacdes said:
Think I prefer the lego version!
This!

HardtopManual

1,125 posts

107 months

Thursday 28th March
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Find it hard to be impressed by these builds. Feed 3D model into computer, which then produces instructions for building the real model.

I'm more impressed by stuff like Carl Greatrix' Caterham - it's much harder to get things looking right at a smaller scale.

J4CKO

27,212 posts

141 months

Thursday 28th March
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herebebeasties said:
Panjy said:
Yes, a mclaren i can afford!
Have you seen the price of LEGO lately? You may need to rethink that...
Indeed, technic Lego 8860 car chassis was £30 in 1984.

I bet if you had to buy all the Lego in this it wouldnt be far off a real one.