Lego McLaren 720S will be available in June

Article by Christian A., on April 6, 2017

It’s finally confirmed to be coming! The newest addition to the miniature range is none other than McLaren’s hottest new supercar --- the 720S. Lego earlier introduced the McLaren P1 package along with Ford’s GT40 and GT models. For some time, we’ve always wondered what else would come out from Lego’s Speed Champions series.

Lego’s latest Speed Champions set will be available starting June. The Lego McLaren 720S building kit consists of a drawing board with the original design sketch and a 3D-printed model. Furthermore, the McLaren design studio desk comes with its own coffee cup and mini figure.

This new Lego model’s design and color scheme is taken from the real McLaren 720S seen at this year’s Geneva Motor Show. In real life, the supercar’s V8 engine brings a 720hp (536kW) with a top speed of 212mph (341kph) on the table.

Coming in at £208,600 or something close to 260,000 US Dollars, the McLaren 720S clearly isn’t one of the most affordable cars money can buy. Alternatively, there is the Lego Speed Champions set which could be yours for only £12.99 ($16).

For grownups, the Danish toy company is also offering a more expensive scale model of a Porsche Technic 911 GT3 including a Volkswagen Beetle and a Caterham 620R. These modeling kits have more detail in them since each package come in many pieces. The $299.99 911 GT3 for example is packed with 2,700 mini Lego blocks and measures 57cm (22inches) after assembly. For variety, there is also the VW Beetle that costs $99.99 whereas Caterham’s scale model is priced at $79.99.

While the Speed Champions series doesn’t conform to the exact shape of the real model, this product turned out to be Lego’s most exciting range for kids and grownups who love cars.

In the past, the toy company has also released a LaFerrari model kit together with Porsche’s 918 Spyder. Aside from these, it has also come out with a fully-equipped Scuderia Ferrari transporter, a WEC and Grand Prix model kits in addition to Ford’s classic muscle cars such as the Corvette, the Ford Camaro and Ford Mustang.

As explained by McLaren’s chief designer Rob Melville, to build a McLaren Lego model is like having a taste of the excitement of what most designers are experiencing while working at the studio. And although Lego recommends the toy kit for 7 year olds, there are many of those from the older age group who truly appreciate this product. Well, we have to admit that he’s right.

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The LEGO Speed Champions McLaren 720S, accompanied by a car designer minifigure

The new McLaren 720S is already well on the way to achieving cult status, joining the legendary McLaren P1 TM in the LEGO® Speed Champions range of model cars.

The LEGO Speed Champions McLaren 720S, accompanied by a car designer minifigure and design studio desk, complete with coffee cup, original design sketch. and 3D-printed model car, will be available to buy from 1 June. Builders aged 7+ and supercar enthusiasts alike can show off their design skills and build this awesome model, then put on a racing helmet and switch from supercar designer to racing driver.

The imagination and complexity required to create a representation of the aerodynamically shrink-wrapped, sculpted body shape of the 720S, meant that it took a LEGO designer a year to perfect and freeze the design of the new model.

“The LEGO interpretation of the McLaren 720S reflects the most exciting part of the design process, when a two-dimensional sketch is transformed into a physical, three-dimensional model,” commented McLaren Automotive Chief Designer, Rob Melville. “Building a model like this gives the next generation of McLaren enthusiasts a taste of just how exhilarating that moment is for designers.”

The real McLaren 720S was unveiled on 7 March at the Geneva International Motor Show, introducing the second-generation McLaren Super Series and raising established limits in the supercar sector. Powered by a new, twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 engine developing 720 horsepower, the new McLaren supercar accelerates from standstill to 200km/h (124mph) in just 7.8 seconds and has a maximum speed of 341km/h (212mph).

The LEGO Speed Champions McLaren 720S will be priced at £12.99. The new McLaren 720S available from McLaren retailers is a little more expensive, with prices starting at £208,600 (UK).

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