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Latest model: Half-a-million bricks for a McLaren

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LEGOLAND McLaren - and yes, you can climb into the cabin. Image: Newspress
LEGOLAND McLAREN: Oh yeah, you can climb into the cabin. Image: Newspress

LONDON, England – A unique, full-scale, McLaren Senna supercar has been created in secret by shifts of specialist assemblers working around the clock – with Lego bricks.

The assignment took 5000 work hours – that’s about two years of eight-hour days for one person. and involved clicking together almost a half-million bricks.

The finished ”toy” weighs 1700kg – which is 500kg heavier than the real thing when it was first shown in 2017. It is scheduled for a world tour.

LEGOLAND McLaren - and yes, you can climb into the cabin. Image: Newspress
LEGOLAND McLaren – and yes, you can climb into the cabin. Image: Newspress

Lego says the Senna is the most realistic and ambitious McLaren yet. ”You  may not be able to drive it but enthusiasts, young or old, can climb aboard, sit at the wheel, push the start button in the roof, and listen to a simulation of the engine roaring into life.

YES, A SMALLER CAR FOR KIDS

”The headlights and infotainment system are real.”

The Danish toy manufacturer will make the McLaren in a more manageable size for children to assemble.

Here are some of the car’s spex:

467 854 individual Lego elements were used – almost 200 000 more bricks than for a 720S model two years earlier. Teams of as many as 10-strong worked shifts around the clock for 2725 hours to click all the pieces – nine times longer than it takes to built the real car.

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The McLaren Senna is the first Lego McLaren to include interior parts from a real car: carbon-fibre driving seat, steering-wheel and pedals from a real Senna and real badges abound and the wheel rims and Pirelli tyres are from the real car.

LEGOLAND McLaren - and yes, you can climb into the cabin. Image: Newspress
LEGOLAND McLAREN: And yes, you can climb into the cabin. Image: Newspress

Even the dihedral doors are Lego bricks and are removable to allow human access to the cabin.

Months of design and development work were needed by both McLaren and the Lego team.

SEE FOR YOURSELF

The car’s brickwork replicates the real car’s Victory Grey with contrasting orange highlights, just like the 15cm, 219-piece, McLaren Senna Lego Speed Champions edition that went on sale in early 2019 for (in the UK), the equivalent of R250.

If you’re planning a trip to the UK the McLaren will be at a variety of events throughout 2019, among them the Goodwood Festival of Speed in Sussex in early July.

MORE IMAGES:

LEGOLAND McLaren - and yes, you can climb into the cabin. Image: Newspress
LEGOLAND McLAREN: And yes, you can climb into the cabin. Image: Newspress
LEGOLAND McLaren - and yes, you can climb into the cabin. Image: Newspress
LEGOLAND McLAREN: And yes, you can climb into the cabin. Image: Newspress
LEGOLAND McLaren - and yes, you can climb into the cabin. Image: Newspress
LEGOLAND McLAREN: And yes, you can climb into the cabin. Image: Newspress

 

 

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