Finally, a Ferrari we can all afford.
A Ferrari has always been an aspirational thing - the sort of car you could spend your whole life working to attain, and only maybe get there. More exclusive still are Ferrari's race cars, which are built solely for the manufacturer itself and a few well-heeled customer teams.
But finally, Lego has made a Ferrari race car for the rest of us: a 1,677-piece Lego Technic kit that builds a scale replica of the No. 51 AF Corse Ferrari 488 GTE. It's a beautiful, stunningly detailed kit from a company that's been on a bit of a roll lately; remember that Lamborghini Sian kit the Danish toy company revealed back in May?
This Lego Technic kit is special by virtue of its being the first that Lego and Ferrari have ever collaborated on, and it shows. The Lego Technic line has always been more detailed and precise than the company's standard brick kits, but this kit is especially impressive - proportionally just about perfect, with the No. 51 car's sponsor decals all in the right spot. And, at just 1,677 pieces to the Lamborghini Sian's 3,696, it leaves more time for trying to negotiate Barbie's way into the driver's seat.
Fully assembled, the Lego Technic Ferrari 488 GTE race car kit measures a full 19 inches in length, and it features a working suspension and moving pistons within its replica twin-turbo V8 engine.
Now, some sad news: Lego Technic's 488 GTE has a launch date of January 1, 2021, so it won't be on shelves in time for the holidays. Moreover, with a suggested retail price of $169.99, it's not exactly what we would call "cheap" for a plastic plaything - although Lego specifies that the kit is mostly suitable for ages 18 and up.
Still, any kit that gives us the ability to snap-together a replica of a real-life Ferrari race car is a winner in our eyes.