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Lego Technic McLaren P1 is almost as high-tech as the real thing


Lego Technic McLaren P1

Lego Technic McLaren P1- it’s still a lot cheaper than the real thing (Lego)

The latest supercar to get turned into a Lego set is the ultra exclusive McLaren P1, which has been replicated right down to a working gear box.

When real-world vehicles get turned into Lego models there’s multiple routes they can go, from smaller £20 sets that seat a minifigure to much larger designs meant only for adult fans, like a classic ‘60s Chevrolet Corvette.

The other main option is a working model created using the Technic system, which rather than concentrating purely on looks is filled with working parts that mirror how the real car works.

That’s how the McLaren P1 *hypercar* has been recreated, in a collaboration with McLaren Automative that includes a working 7-speed gearbox and V8 piston engine.

The completed model is 59 cm long and in perfect 1:8 scale. It’s made up of 3,893 Lego pieces and includes two shifter drums, working suspension, an adjustable rear wing, and opening dihedral ‘butterfly’ doors.

Apart from not moving it does everything the real thing does, with actual McLaren engineers involved in its creation and in helping to make sure it’s as authentic as possible.

‘It’s amazing to see so many of the elements from the original P1 brought to life by the Lego team for the Lego Technic McLaren P1. I hope this collaboration inspires the next generation of designers and engineers to push the boundaries of automotive innovation,’ said McLaren Automotive Chief Design Officer Tobias Sühlmann.

That looks very complicated (Lego)

With that many pieces it’s not cheap, at £389.99, but each car comes with a unique serial number that unlocks secret behind the scenes content about the car and its Lego incarnation.

The set, number 42172, will be available from August 1 at the Lego website and official Lego stores.

‘From the exterior with aerodynamic shapes to the interior and V8 piston engine – the real McLaren P1 is an incredible car. We wanted to capture these details in the best way possible with our Lego Technic model and we did not want to compromise in any way,’ said Lego designer Kasper Rene Hansen.

‘Therefore, we worked on multiple variations of the car to test different designs. We also faced a huge challenge with the iconic butterfly doors because they needed a new mechanism to stay open. It was a great experience to recreate the McLaren P1 and I’m hoping all supercar enthusiasts out there are ready to explore the details and intricacies of the real McLaren P1 in Lego Technic form.’

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