Check out this amazing Lego McLaren

At 2,725 hours it took nine times longer to make than the actual Senna production car

27 March 2019 - 09:00 By TimesLIVE
It took 42 people a total of 4,935 hours to create this unique life-size Lego McLaren Senna.
It took 42 people a total of 4,935 hours to create this unique life-size Lego McLaren Senna.
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A unique, full-scale Lego McLaren Senna has been created in secret by shifts of specialist assemblers working around the clock. Taking nearly 5,000 hours to assemble, it comprises of almost half a million separate components.

Unusual for a McLaren, the Lego Senna is something of a heavyweight, tipping the scales at 1,518kg – 460kg more than the real McLaren Senna that sold out as soon as it was announced in 2017. 

Built to click with fans the world over, this surprise new Senna is the most realistic and ambitious McLaren ever made by Lego. Pieced together from one metric ton’s worth of Lego elements you may not be able to drive off in it, but enthusiasts young and old can climb aboard, sit behind the wheel, push the start button (located in the roof), and even hear a simulation of the 335km/h top speed car roaring to life. Fans can also operate the lights and infotainment system on the model.

The astonishing life-size recreation of the most track-focused road-legal McLaren is the latest in the model partnership between McLaren Automotive and Danish toy manufacturer Lego Group.

The Lego version lines up next to the real car.
The Lego version lines up next to the real car.
Image: Supplied

Generally, the Lego Speed Champions range of McLaren kits is available in more manageable sizes to put together. But as the companies showed with the McLaren 720S model in 2017, a 1:1 scale McLaren built entirely of Lego bricks makes for a uniquely immersive, interactive and fun experience.

Now the brick-built Senna moves the model-car game on in ways befitting an Ultimate Series McLaren. The statistics behind it are mind-boggling: 467,854 individual Lego elements were used in its construction, which is almost 200,000 more bricks than were used to construct the 720S model two years ago.

Working in shifts around the clock, teams of up to ten model-makers needed 2,725 hours to click together all the pieces for the Lego McLaren Senna, nine times longer than it takes to produce each painstakingly hand-assembled Senna production car (300 hours).

Including design and development, a total of 4,935 hours went into creating the model, involving no fewer than 42 men and women from the Lego build team.

The McLaren Senna is the first Lego McLaren to incorporate interior parts from a real car. Inside the cabin are the lightweight carbon-fibre seats, steering wheel and pedals from the real Senna. Actual McLaren badges are fitted and the wheels and Pirelli tyres are exactly as specified on the actual car. The dihedral doors are made from Lego bricks and are removable to allow people easy access to the cabin.

Visitors will be able to get up close to the car at a variety of events throughout 2019, including the Goodwood Festival of Speed in Sussex, UK, in early July.

Looking for a smaller version of your own? The 13cm long, 219-piece, McLaren Senna Lego Speed Champions edition went on sale earlier this year in toyshops.

The life-size re-creation of the most track-focused road-legal McLaren is the latest in the model partnership between McLaren Automotive and the Lego Group.
The life-size re-creation of the most track-focused road-legal McLaren is the latest in the model partnership between McLaren Automotive and the Lego Group.
Image: Supplied
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