This LEGO version of the iconic Lotus 97/T by Robson M is so good, you don’t want to come up with a witty title for the post. If you are not familiar with Formula 1 history, this is the car Ayrton Senna raced to win his first ever Formula 1 victory back in 1985. Back then racing cars were smaller and the designs were much simpler, with less aerodynamic elements. Maybe it’s the choice of LEGO elements, but there’s something in this build as if it was straight from that epoch. Neat execution of stickers is a massive bonus, along with tiny bevel LEGO Technic gears inside the wheels. What a lovely touch!
When the Speed Champions theme first launched in 2015, it was clearly targeted at younger builders, but over the years, the construction techniques, attention to detail, and the inclusion of some very popular racing car brands have steered the theme to a more adult audience (pun intended). The quality of the finished models is definitely shelf-worthy. LEGO has announced the latest wave of sets featuring brands like Ferrari, Lamborghini, Mercedes, Lotus, and Aston Martin. We got our hands on the entire wave, and we’re revving up to take a look at three of them. LEGO 76906 Ferrari 512 M, 76907 Lotus Evija, and 76908 Lamborghini Countach. These three Speed Champions sets and more will be available on March 1, 2022. 76906 Ferrari 512M includes 291 pieces and will retail for US $19.99 | CAN $24.99 | UK £17.99, 76907 Lotus Evija includes 247 pieces and will retail for US $19.99 | CAN $24.99 | UK £17.99, and 76908 Lamborghini Countach includes 262 pieces and will retail for US $19.99 | CAN $24.99 | UK £17.99.
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Today we’re getting our first look at the Spring 2022 wave of LEGO Speed Champions thanks to German retailer JB Spielwaren. The new lineup of 8-stud-wide cars includes both old classics like the Lamborghini Countach and new supercars like the Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro. The sets are slated to be available March 1.
Check out more pictures of the sets below.
1967 was the year Formula 1 changed forever, as the birth of the Lotus 49 set the bar not only as the car to beat, but also to replicate. Fifty-two years on, Pixeljunkie has presented us with a gorgeous homage to this feat of engineering mastery. Sporting the classic colour scheme and markings of driver Jim Clark, this brick rendition has some stunning custom chrome pins as well as some nicely employed stickers to really bring the realism to the fore. Working within the Minifig scale can be an obscure challenge that restricts an amount of detail. I feel Pixeljunkie has made some excellent compromises without straying too far from the source material.
Looking at the rear of this beautiful build, we find a minifig hammer head used ingeniously as the gearbox. I’m not sure another piece could have been used so well in this application. I’m also a massive fan of the many uses builders find for the rubber tread attachments. Using them as wheel hubs on top those metallic silver dish rims, has really captured the era well.
If this open-wheel beast inspires you, check out another of Pixeljunkie’s classic race machines, the Alfa Romeo P3.
Colin Chapman, the founder of the British car manufacturer Lotus, famously expressed his car building philosophy as: “Simplify, then add lightness.” There’s nothing simple about the Lotus Exige built by Rolands Kirpis (rolic), but in all its eye-popping lime greenness, the model beautifully matches the shape and look of the real car.
I don’t think there are many LEGO car builders who can make curves quite like these.