Everyone enjoys Lego – and the introduction of the new Speed Champions range gives gearheads like ourselves even more reason to be excited. Adding to the already available Ford GT, GT40, and McLaren P1 sets, the British automaker together with Lego have added the newly-introduced 720S to the range.
The new package will be available beginning in June, and alongside the car it will come with a designer minifigure, and a design studio desk complete with a coffee cup, an original design sketch, and a 3D-printed model car. It’s available for builders aged 7 plus… but it’s safe to say most young adults will get just as much enjoyment out of it.
"The LEGO interpretation of the McLaren 720S reflects the most exciting part of the design process, when a two-dimensional sketch is transformed into a physical, three-dimensional model," said McLaren Automotive Chief Designer, Rob Melville. "Building a model like this gives the next generation of McLaren enthusiasts a taste of just how exhilarating that moment is for designers."
The real McLaren 720S made its debut earlier in the year at the Geneva Motor Show with a 720-horsepower (536-kilowatt) V8 and a top speed of 212 miles per hour (341 kilometers per hour). With a starting price of £208,600 (approx. $260,000) in the U.K., the Lego Speed Champions set won’t be nearly as expensive. Buyers can pick up the new Lego McLaren 720S and its accenting pieces for just £12.99 (approx. $16.00) in the U.K.
If you’re looking for a kit with a bit more detail, Lego also offers a Caterham 620R for $79.99, and a Volkswagen Beetle scale model for $99.99. But the crème de la crème of Lego builds has to be the Lego Technic 911 GT3 RS, which has more than 2,700 pieces and measures 22 inches (57 centimeters) long when completed. That kit has a starting price of $299.99.
Gallery: Lego McLaren 720S Speed Champions
The new McLaren 720S is already well on the way to achieving cult status, joining the legendary McLaren P1 TM in the LEGO® Speed Champions range of model cars.
The LEGO Speed Champions McLaren 720S, accompanied by a car designer minifigure and design studio desk, complete with coffee cup, original design sketch. and 3D-printed model car, will be available to buy from 1 June. Builders aged 7+ and supercar enthusiasts alike can show off their design skills and build this awesome model, then put on a racing helmet and switch from supercar designer to racing driver.
The imagination and complexity required to create a representation of the aerodynamically shrink-wrapped, sculpted body shape of the 720S, meant that it took a LEGO designer a year to perfect and freeze the design of the new model.
“The LEGO interpretation of the McLaren 720S reflects the most exciting part of the design process, when a two-dimensional sketch is transformed into a physical, three-dimensional model,” commented McLaren Automotive Chief Designer, Rob Melville. “Building a model like this gives the next generation of McLaren enthusiasts a taste of just how exhilarating that moment is for designers.”
The real McLaren 720S was unveiled on 7 March at the Geneva International Motor Show, introducing the second-generation McLaren Super Series and raising established limits in the supercar sector. Powered by a new, twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 engine developing 720 horsepower, the new McLaren supercar accelerates from standstill to 200km/h (124mph) in just 7.8 seconds and has a maximum speed of 341km/h (212mph).
The LEGO Speed Champions McLaren 720S will be priced at £12.99. The new McLaren 720S available from McLaren retailers is a little more expensive, with prices starting at £208,600 (UK).