Daniel Ricciardo and Lando Norris approve.
Lego doesn't waste time when it comes to introducing new motoring-inspired kits. Very recently, the brand's Speed Champion Collection revealed several new additions, including the Mercedes-AMG F1 W12 E Performance F1 car. But if you're not a Mercedes-AMG F1 fan, then Lego has something else for you.
The renowned toymaker has collaborated with McLaren Racing to create a unique model of the McLaren Formula 1 Race Car. Wearing the race team's signature papaya livery (as seen on the MCL35M 2021 race cars), the 1,432-piece model also provides an interpretation of the new-look 2022 race cars which were revised to conform to new regulations.
This model is rather significant, being the first-ever Lego Technic incarnation of a Formula One car. McLaren says the building experience is "designed to reflect the shared McLaren and Lego Group values of pioneering design and cutting-edge technology while enabling fans to explore their passion for the sport."
Lego fans are in for a big treat. The piece features a modeled V6 engine with moving pistons, steering, suspension, and a differential lock. The highly detailed piece measures 25.5 inches long, 10.5 inches wide, and five inches in height.
James Key, McLaren Racing's Technical Director, said of the project, "we are excited to unveil the unique LEGO Technic model of our McLaren F1 car, fun and engaging product that celebrates our 2021 season livery while giving fans a hands-on interpretation of the new 2022 F1 car design. This has been made possible by an agile collaboration with the LEGO Group team, who have truly embraced the spirit of our brave and bold approach to design. The final product looks fantastic, and we cannot wait to make this available to our fans."
McLaren's F1 drivers, Daniel Ricciardo and Lando Norris, made their way over to the brand's Woking-based Technology Center to inspect the model. Ricciardo, who has a limited-edition McLaren 720S named after him (an Australia-only special), approaches the model in excitement, whistling in amazement as co-driver Norris lifts the cover.
The duo is clearly fascinated by Lego's latest creation, enamored by the moving pistons and putting the suspension and DRS to the test. Available globally from March 1, the kit will set you back $179,99 which is pricey, but still far cheaper than any of McLaren's road-going options. The Technic model will definitely provide countless hours of amusement.