Look twice—those aren’t sideways cars, they’re COSMO Pods, the kit-built racers of the future. Designed by Volker Brodkorb, each of the vertically oriented pods is souped up to match its driver’s style and outfitted with a unique engine, and then splashed with a classic paint job hearkening back to the old petrol-powered four-wheeled racers of yore.
Of course, I’m rooting for the Ford GT40-inspired pod, because who doesn’t love that iconic blue and orange Gulf livery?
It’s the lead up to the Formula Zero Gravity Championships for Octan Racing’s Tigress. Piloted by a rookie racing under the name Octana, this larger-than-minifigure scale racer is ready for its paces. Builder Tim Goddard has used a variety of interesting techniques to get the amazing angles and sharp lines of this beastly speeder.
The body appears to be an extension of the cockpit window, which has been wrapped around a massive rear engine. Plus, there’s the great use of regular and inverted tall slope bricks opposite each other to create interesting panel lines. Slap on a hefty rear stabilizing wing with a handful of maneuvering thrusters and coat liberally with Octan livery and you have yourself an incredible racing monster. As the competing teams continue to work on their racers for a warm up race in Leicester this weekend, I think Octana and her ferocious feline are in for a fantastic racing season!
It’s still more than 80 days before the next Formula One racing season starts, and the all-new racing cars are still scheduled to be revealed in February. In the meantime, let’s have a look at a vehicle that stays behind the scenes, but still helps drivers make their way to the finish flag. Ryan Link, a huge Ferrari fan, surprises us with a LEGO version of the iconic Scuderia Ferrari transporter. I bet the scene below will instantly remind many of our readers of the legendary 2005 set 8654 Scuderia Ferrari Truck, which was absolutely cool. Unlike the trailer in that set, all of the signage on Ryan’s one is brick-built, from the diagonal stripes to the Ferrari logo at the back!
Don’t forget to check out more pictures in the builder’s album.
VW Beetles (or “Bochos” as they are called here in Mexico) are a timeless design. Here’s a pair rebuilt as tiny hot rods. Tim Henderson, you deserve a hug for the detail you’ve packed in at this scale…
There are two models because the builder wanted to illustrate both the tatty and rusting original car, and the shinier version following its restoration. Tim has even managed to create two convincing engine designs — great work with such a small amount of pieces.
So, I’ve been playing Overwatch a lot, so it won’t surprise anyone that things you like inspire you, and I’ve been playing Zenyatta a LOT lately, so when I wanted to build my next MRL Mech, it had to be inspired by him, and hence, the OMH was born (or built):
It was actually a pretty fun build, and done in record time as well, for me at least. I like the purple, white and gold together — they add such a royal look — and using mixel eyes as beads was an unintentional discovery, but to see the true beauty of this build, you have to Gaze into the iris:
On its Enlightenment mode, it becomes a rolling repairing mech, with two additional pairs of arms, which is, if I may say, kind of cool.
Marco Marozzi has always been a really creative builder, with very original shapes and great part usage in mind. So when I saw that he was participating in a build challenge that I have been promoting, the Mecha Racing League, I was more than excited. But his particular build — a take on a pit droid — just made my jaw drop.
The build has amazing greebling and great orange plating that really stands out and draws in your eye, as well as cool additional details like the diagnostic tablet. I also like that the mech rolls on small spheres, which is an amazing concept for great mobility. I mean, I can really picture a bunch of these guys ready to repair any racing mechas on a pit stop.
The entire Speed Champions line needs to work really hard to get my approval because I’ve been in, around, and under cars all my life. So it fell to me to review 75875 Ford F-150 Raptor & Ford Model A Hot Rod. This set, retailing for £39.99 / $49.99 / €49.99 is the second most expensive 2nd wave Speed Champions product after 75876 Porsche 919 Hybrid and 917K Pit Lane. Let’s see how it stacks up…
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I’ve been promoting the Mecha racing leage (MRL) for a while now and I’ve seen amazing creations from great builders across the LEGO-verse, so I could not stay quiet, and built what I think is one of the best mechas I’ve made so far, the Fira:
I wanted to create a mecha inspired by hot rods (my favorite type of cars) and rally cars (I love how they look). This mecha is all about pure power and speed, with fire coming out of its exhaust and a color combination that draws the eye. I used a few stickers from this official set to add details, and I think it adds to the build. It also fits a pilot and I particularly like the way it opens to access the cockpit:
Remember, if you want to be part of the fun, you can see how to participate on the MRL here.
Tim Inman, AKA RabidNovaRacer, is off to the races with this sleek race car. I love the angles and curves that he was able to achieve on this beauty. It’s definitely full of win and raring to go!