McLaren builds a 1:1 Lego version of the 720S at 2017 Goodwood Festival of Speed

Article by Christian A., on June 30, 2017

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.

Press Release

Build your own full-size LEGO McLaren 720S at Goodwood

One very special McLaren 720S is set to make an appearance at Goodwood, swapping its usual aluminium and carbon-fibre structure for bright orange LEGO® bricks.

Following on from the launch of the 75880 LEGO® Speed Champions McLaren 720S miniature set, McLaren’s all-new supercar will be fully realised in LEGO® form at the Festival of Speed.

But there’s a twist. The 1:1 scale model will arrive at the Goodwood stand incomplete. In order to finish the build, visitors to the McLaren stand will need to place orange McLaren bricks in designated parts of the car, with the 720S reaching completion by the Sunday at the end of the Festival of Speed.

Just preparing the car for Goodwood has required more than 267,300 LEGO® bricks, with McLaren fans visiting the stand expected to add over 12,700 to completely finish the build. The end result will be a full-size LEGO® 720S weighing in at no less than 1.6 tons; more than the road-going 720S’s 1283kg lightest dry weight.

In order to produce such an accurate representation of the 720S, McLaren Automotive worked closely with the Speed Champions LEGO® team based in Billund, Denmark, providing in-depth vehicle CAD data so that the model could be fully realised.

The model was built up around a steel frame, with a team of six working for over 2,000 hours to build the car by hand. For comparison, a real-world production 720S takes around 12 working days in the McLaren Production Centre to assemble.

Also featured on the LEGO® 720S build is the all-new Pirelli P Zero CORSA tyre used in its road-going equivalent, complete with silver ‘Pirelli Colour Edition’ graphics.

The McLaren 720S is available to order pre-assembled, with prices starting at £208,600.

Source: McLaren

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