McLaren had just built a new 720S, but this time, it is made out of plastic. Why? That is because it is made with Lego bricks, and what’s even more impressive is that they built a life size model of the 720S. The 1:1 model scale is currently displayed at the 2017 Goodwood Festival of Speed. To finish this model, they needed a total of 267,300 Lego pieces, with the help of six people who spent 2,000 hours building it.
This is not the first time we have seen cars being replicated with Lego bricks. In fact, Lego has some pretty cool automotive kits from the simple Speed Champions line to the giant Porsche 911 GT3 RS. But here is the thing with the McLaren 720S, it’s so huge it isn’t even finished yet.
Therefore, McLaren is asking the general public to help them finish it at the Festival of Speed so the supercar can finally be completed. Take note that there is still a long way to go as the company will bring in 12,700 orange bricks to the event in order to complete the construction. To keep the replica as realistic as possible, they ensured that the design will include silver marking to depict the Pirelli P Zero Costa tires.
What’s funny is that when the Lego version of the 720S has been finished, it will weigh even more than the actual car. A real-life McLaren 720S has a dry weight of 2,829 pounds (1,283 kilograms), thanks to its carbon fiber body from the windshield surround to the center roof section, making it 40 pounds lighter. The Lego version, on the other hand, has an estimated weight of 3,530 pounds (1,600 kilograms) when finished, but it’s so heavy mainly because of the internal steel frame to maintain the plastic supercar’s structure.
To make this project possible, the British automaker teamed up with their friends at Lego who produced a blueprint for the replica. For Lego to do this, they had to use the 720S’ CAD data, the Danish toy company then came up with a plan to build it to make sure it is precise.
The real-life 720S has a 710 horsepower (529 kilowatts) 4.0-liter biturbo V8 under its hood, enabling the supercar to reach 60 miles per hour (97 kilometers per hour) in just 2.8 seconds, with a top speed of 212 miles per hour (341 kph). If you can’t afford the 720S that comes with a six-figure price tag, you can always opt for the Lego Speed Champions version for much less, at only $14.99. But don’t expect this to be the life-sized model as that is only good for display.