Two new brands make their Lego debut in its latest automotive-themed series.
It’s hard to escape the allure of Lego.
The brand’s ‘Speed Champions’ sets have become a favourite with car enthusiasts. They’re affordable, costing around $20 a set, but also quick and easy to build for children both young and old.
In 2021, it’s planning to launch six new sets. Excitingly, two are new manufacturer collaborations – set to tickle the fancy of either brand’s fans.
2021 Toyota GR Supra
The first new partnership is between Lego and Toyota‘s Gazoo Racing outfit.
The 2021 Toyota GR Supra has now been immortalised in bricks – 299 to be exact – and looks to be a relatively easy build. It also looks to feature a removable roof.
Finished in yellow and coming with two sets of contrasting alloy wheel designs, it’ll surely stand out on your desk or shelf of collectibles.
2021 Koenigsegg Jesko
With just 125 examples set to be produced, the chances of seeing a real-life Jesko in person are slim. It features a twin-turbocharged V8 engine that can produce up to 1195kW on 85 per cent ethanol fuel.
Thankfully, the Speed Champions Lego set is far less complex. Plenty of nice details have been captured with the 280 bricks it takes to build one – including faithfully recreating its large roof-mounted spoiler that dominates its exterior design.
2021 McLaren Elva
No, Lego did not forget the roof on this McLaren. It could also be why it’s the brand’s lightest road car ever.
The McLaren Elva is indeed devoid of a roof structure, making it pure indulgence for those lucky enough to have a go.
Like the Jesko, the Elva is also a limited-production vehicle. Just 149 examples will be produced, with prices starting from an eye-watering AU$2.5 million.
Of the three single car sets, the McLaren Elva’s features the small brick count – just 263. Again, the lack of roof may have something to do with that.
SRT Top Fuel Dragster and Dodge Challenger
The next few sets are more expensive – but include two cars instead of one.
The latest set with US-brand Dodge sees its iconic 1970 Dodge Challenger T/A combine with a top-fuel dragster.
The T/A in its name stands for “Trans Am”. In the 1970s, Dodge went racing in the Trans-American sedan championship. In order to put its best foot forward, the brand built a handful of T/A-spec Challengers for a small period that year.
The road car ran a 340 cubic-inch V8, but topped it with three two-barrel Holley carburettors. It was also one of the earliest production cars to use a staggered wheel setup.
The total brick count is 627, and there’s heaps of detail in both models – one for the American car aficionado.
2021 Ford GT Heritage Edition and Ford Bronco R
This pairing sees both off-road lovers and sports-car fans pleased.
Inspired by the Gulf racing liveries of old, the Ford GT Heritage is instantly recognisable to motorsport fans. The Bronco on the other hand features cool detailing like a roll cage and huge Baja-spec tyres.
The original prototype was built to mark a return to the Baja 1000 off-road race, preview the recently-launched Bronco SUV range, and also celebrate Rod Hall’s victory at the 1600-kilometre race in 1969 – which he achieved behind the wheel of a Bronco.
2021 Chevrolet Corvette C8-R and 1968 Chevrolet Corvette
Old and new combine in Chevrolet’s two car offering.
The classic is managed by a late-1960s Corvette. The latest by the bow-tie brand’s new factory-produced C8-R race car.
The couple does more than just show keen builders the stylistic difference between Corvette over a 50-year period.
It also highlights the fundamental construction changes that have occurred, given that the latest Corvette sees the nameplate move from a front-engined to a mid-engined layout.
Who said car-related Lego was just for fun?
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