Ferrari 308 GTB is one of the rarest Ferrari cars with only 800 copies produced. But Jonathan Elliott builds one more. Although, it is not of metal and not quite as large, it is just as red and looks fabulous. Even though it looks very simple and easy to build, certain parts of this tiny 308 GTB are perfectly executed for this scale. The builder admits that there some compromises, but I simply can’t imagine what can be done differently to make this car look even better.
The largest LEGO set in the first LEGO Speed Champions wave of 2018 is 75889 Ferrari Ultimate Garage, which includes 841 pieces and 7 minifigures. The set goes on sale for $99.99 beginning on March 1st, and LEGO sent us an early copy of the set so we could bring you this review on the day of its release.
75889 Ferrari Ultimate Garage showcases three iconic Ferrari racecars from three eras — the Ferrari 250 GTO from 1962, Ferrari 312 T4 from 1979, and current 488 GTE (the model one generation earlier than the racecar in 75886 Ferrari 488 GT3 “Scuderia Corsa”, which we reviewed earlier this week).
We’ve been reviewing the first wave of 2018 LEGO Speed Champions this week, but the new sets are now available, so you can get your hands on these new LEGO sets yourselves. The new wave includes both current racecars and iconic, vintage cars like the 1968 Mustang Fastback and 1970’s-era Porsche 911.
With a dash of American muscle out of our system with the 75884 1968 Ford Mustang Fastback, we continue our look at the upcoming 2018 LEGO Speed Champions sets today with 75886 Ferrari 488 GT3 “Scuderia Corsa”. LEGO sent us an early copy of the set, which includes 179 pieces and will retail for $15.99 beginning on March 1st.
The Ferrari 488 GT3 is the latest endurance racecar variant of the 488 series, which builds on the legacy of the 458 produced between 2009 and 2015. The 488 is currently in production, and the GT3 has raced at Daytona and Le Mans. 75886 Ferrari 488 GT3 features the same model of current Ferrari racecar as 75889 Speed Champions Ferrari Ultimate Garage, allowing builders and collectors to pick up this contemporary racecar in two liveries at two different price points.
We first saw some high-resolution photos of the 2018 LEGO Speed Champions sets a couple weeks ago, but further images with detailed product info have now been revealed ahead of their release in March.
75884 Speed Champions 1968 Ford Mustang Fastback – 183 pieces – £12.99 / 14.99€
Create a buildable LEGO® Speed Champions version of a classic car—the 1968 Ford Mustang Fastback. Ideal for display or racing, it features a minifigure cockpit, removable windshield, wheels with rubber tires and gold-colored rims, and authentic design details. This construction toy includes a minifigure and buildable ‘timing’ board to play out race scenarios.
- Includes a classic Ford racing driver minifigure with Ford racing driver’s helmet.
- The race-ready, buildable 1968 Ford Mustang Fastback vehicle features a minifigure cockpit with removable windshield, wheels with rubber tires and gold-colored rims, transparent light-style elements, racing colors, race-graphics stickers and authentic design details.
- Remove the windshield to place the minifigure in the car.
- Includes a buildable ‘timing’ board with digital display and Ford logo stickers.
- This construction toy is suitable for ages 7-14.
- 1968 Ford Mustang Fastback measures over 1″ (5cm) high, 5″ (14cm) long and 2″ (6cm) wide.
- ‘Timing’ board measures over 2″ (6cm) high, 1″ (4cm) wide and under 1″ (1cm) deep.
Fasten your seat belts for the first images of the new 2018 LEGO Speed Champions sets! These sets, unveiled on the website of a major UK retailer, include new cars by Ford, Ferrari and Porsche. Particularly notable are the rally championship cars like the Ford Fiesta M-Sport, as well as Italian classics like the Ferrari 488 GT3 “Ferrari Corsa” supercar.
75888 Speed Champions Porsche 911 RSR & 911 TURBO 3.0
391 pieces, £34.99
Get set to race the LEGO Speed Champions Porsche 911 RSR and 911 Turbo 3.0 cars, with a pit wall, race-position board, lap counter, checkered flag element and 3 minifigures.
As Sebastian Vettel spectacularly claims his 50th pole position in the yesterday’s qualifying session of the Mexican Grand Prix, there is no better time to look back at the car that has won the very same race in 1970 — the legendary Ferrari 312B. A stunning 1:8 scale copy of the car by Greg998 captures all the glory of the machine that once was called “the secret weapon” of Ferrari and which brought the team 10 wins and more than 20 pole positions.
Of course, the part that deserves the most attention is the legendary flat-12 engine in the back of 312B. Bonus points are for shiny chrome round plates!
Nonno, padre e figlio — a grandpa, a father and a son — by British builder Jonathan Elliott, are not just a trio of beautiful sport cars, but a legendary dynasty of Ferrari autos: a magnificent Daytona in black, a snazzy Berlinetta Boxer in yellow and, of course, a fabulous Testarossa in Ferrari red.
Besides their brilliant execution, these cars are remarkable for Jonathan’s choice of scale. While most of builders create their cars 4- or 5-studs wide when using 18mm D. x 12mm wheels, Jonathan varies the width of the car’s bodies from 6 up to 8 studs in the rear part of Testarossa. Finally, the relatively new 5 x 4 x 1 1/3 windscreen piece creates an extremely smooth transition between the hood and the tiled roof.
Four years of building and gathering parts led to an incredible showroom of LEGO Ferrari models by Ryan Link. The build uses over 36,000 parts: 23,000 parts form the building with a 5,000-piece transporter; finally, eight Ferrari models (including the official Ferrari F40 set) adding another 8,000 parts.
The dealership interior is well lit by LEDs and built in exquisite detail, with excellent brick-built Ferrari lettering and graphics lining the walls. Of course, this is all to house and showcase the intricate custom built supercars.
Be sure to check out more photos of each of Ryan’s Ferrari models individually on Flickr.
Back in the 80’s as a teenager in Japan, one of the biggest doses of American pop culture I got was Miami Vice. I’m not sure Ryan Link — whose LEGO mosaics of Ferraris we featured last year — whether Don Johnson’s car was Ryan’s inspiration for this sleek, angular Ferrari Testarossa, but it’s certainly a spectacular LEGO rendition of an iconic supercar.
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.
Ferrari produces some of the best sports cars in the world. And Noah_L builds some of the best LEGO scale models of Ferrari cars. The latest SF16-H, which is actually a Formula 1 car built for the 2016-2017 season, looks amazingly good and is loaded with clever building techniques. What I find the most satisfying is the balance between tiled areas and rare exposed studs. These studs, being hard to cover up, give the vehicle a nice retro look, as if it was one of the legendary Model Team sets from the ’90s.
If you’re new to Noah’s collection of cars, I’d strongly recommend you check his Flickr stream and take a look at the huge progress he has made. Can you believe that only 3 years ago his cars looked like this? That’s what happens when your skills align with your passion.