Land Rover used a Lego replica of the Tower Bridge in London to debut its new Discovery at the Paris Motor Show.
If you’ve ever been to Legoland, you know that there are some massive Lego structures out there. But none of them compare in size to what Land Rover just debuted a night ahead of the 2016 Paris Motor Show. Alongside its all-new Discovery SUV - or should I say, underneath - Land Rover unveiled its Guinness-certified largest Lego structure ever built.
The structure features a small-scale replica of the Tower Bridge in London, flanked by two… ‘Discovery Zones’ (badum tss), which feature the new SUV along with some flora and fauna. All the aspects of which are made out of Legos, of course.
The entire build consists of 5,805,846 bricks, breaking the previous world record by 470,646 pieces - sadly, the poor soul who had to count all those pieces remains unnamed. The project was led by the UK’s only Lego Certified Professional, Duncan Titmarsh, and took five months to complete with a team of Lego Master Builders. It was constructed in the grounds of Packington Hall, Warwickshire, U.K., near the Discovery plant.
Some of the mainstay features include an equestrian zone, celebrating the Discovery’s longstanding connection with the sport, as well as a British picnic scene, a Lego fire, and even boulders to help represent celebrity spokesperson Bear Grylls’ adventurous nature.
“We are thrilled that Jaguar Land Rover has used Lego bricks to add some Guinness World Record-breaking creativity to the launch of the latest Discovery," said Lego UK and Ireland spokesperson Emma Owen. "This is an epic, outstanding build that absolutely captures the imagination in a way we haven't seen before. With Lego bricks and some imagination you really can build anything!”
The centerpiece, though, remains the new Discovery itself. While not made out of Lego bricks (yet), it’s a vehicle still interesting in its own right. Features like smartphone-enabled third-row seating and an All-Terrain Progress Control (ATPC) system make it the most advanced one to date.
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Gallery: Land Rover Discovery Lego Debut
Land Rover has revealed the New Discovery seven-seat SUV by breaking a Guinness World Record for the largest LEGO structure ever built.
Long-term Land Rover Discovery owners Bear Grylls, Sir Ben Ainslie and Zara Phillips took part in the dynamic live reveal of Land Rover’s most versatile model around a 13-metre high LEGO version of London’s Tower Bridge.
The New Discovery embodies Land Rover’s drive to go Above and Beyond, combining British desirability with an unstoppable spirit of adventure. It is highly desirable with unrivalled capability and technology like no other.
Gerry McGovern, Land Rover’s Chief Design Officer, said: “New Discovery redefines the large SUV. Land Rover’s design and engineering teams have revolutionised the Discovery DNA to create a highly desirable, extremely versatile and hugely capable premium SUV.”
Everyday ingenuity has been at the heart of the Discovery for the last 27 years, with more than 1.2 million customers to date. The new Discovery is for the digital age. Ingenious technology keeps your family safe, connected and confident on all surfaces, all terrains and in all weathers to ensure your destination is reached.
The fifth-generation model benefits from Land Rover’s strong, safe and light full-size SUV architecture, delivering comfort and adaptability like no other.
The reveal set was made from 5,805,846 individual LEGO bricks, breaking the previous Guinness World Record by 470,646 pieces. Laid end to end, the bricks would stretch for almost 200 miles, or from Tower Bridge in London to Paris.
Led by the UK’s only LEGO Certified Professional, Duncan Titmarsh, it took five months for expert LEGO Master Builders in the UK to construct the incredible Tower Bridge structure. It was erected in the grounds of Packington Hall, Warwickshire, UK – close to Land Rover’s Solihull plant, where New Discovery will be produced.
As part of the dramatic reveal sequence, British adventurer Bear Grylls appeared in typically exciting fashion by abseiling from the top of the huge Tower Bridge installation, through the open drawbridge and onto the stage beside the New Discovery.
The finale was Land Rover BAR Team Principal Sir Ben Ainslie driving his sailing team through 900mm-deep water under the bridge – demonstrating the unrivalled capability and versatility of Land Rover’s new SUV. Sir Ben towed a LEGO replica of the Land Rover BAR boat, a 186,500-brick meticulous model of the boat that will challenge for next year’s America’s Cup.
The model of Tower Bridge was flanked by two LEGO ‘Discovery Zones’ celebrating 27 years of Land Rover Discovery heritage. An Equestrian Zone, hosted by accomplished rider Zara Phillips, featured a typically British picnic scene made entirely from LEGO bricks. The Bear Grylls Adventure Zone included a LEGO fire and boulders to represent a scene from a typical mountain exploration.
New Discovery represents the next step in Land Rover’s journey of transformation from cogs to code and is designed, engineered and manufactured with the help of some of the 1,300 talented young engineers currently on the company’s leading training programmes. Jaguar Land Rover is one of UK's leading recruiter of graduates and apprentices: 3,000 have joined in the past six years and 400 new recruits have just started on the 2016 intake.
Bear Grylls said: “I have developed a powerful bond with Land Rover vehicles over the years and to me they embody that spirit of adventure coupled with a rugged reliability that also serves the needs of a young family. The Land Rover Discovery is invaluable on expeditions, whether filming in deserts, jungles or mountains, yet it’s still the perfect vehicle for the family's everyday use. It's a proud moment to be here with Land Rover revealing the New Discovery to the world.”
Emma Owen, LEGO UK and Ireland Spokeswoman, said: “We are thrilled that Jaguar Land Rover has used LEGO bricks to add some Guinness World Record-breaking creativity to the launch of the latest Discovery. This is an epic, outstanding build that absolutely captures the imagination in a way we haven't seen before. With LEGO bricks and some imagination you really can build anything!”