Lego McLaren Formula 1 model is out and ready to market

Lego McLaren Formula 1 model is out and ready to market

Lego has released a new Technic set that showcases McLaren's livery in 2021, although the box confusingly calls it the team's F1 car in 2022.

McLaren will field Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo in the MCL36 in the coming season. A Mercedes-AMG F1 M13 E Performance engine powers the MCL36, while the Lego version uses ABS plastic to create details such as moving pistons in the V6 engine and wheels that can be steered out of the cockpit. The 1432-piece model is over five inches tall, 25.5 inches long, and 10.5 inches wide, and comes with a sheet of sponsor stickers to complete the authentic feeling. Detailed Lego fans will recognize the massive tires of the F1 car from the official set for Batman's Tumbler.

Lego and McLaren released a short video illustrating Norris and Ricciardo appreciating the active suspension of the Lego model and including the drag-reduction system spoiler. DRS was introduced in 2011 to make F1 races more exciting by giving drivers a bit of speed boost under certain circumstances. Ricciardo also playfully jokes that the toy model is the right size for Norris. "I would say everything would fit but your head," Ricciardo said. Riccirado also said that, while he doesn’t want to brag, he could probably build the model in about six weeks.

Lego has released at least seven other sets based on McLaren cars, including the Elva, 720S and Senna as a Speed Champion (i.e. smaller, more kid-friendly sets), as well as a more complicated Technic set for the Senna GTR, which was released in 2021. Lego has also released over two dozen non-technic sets based on F1 vehicles, many of which are in Ferrari colors or Lego's fictional Octan company. The new McLaren F1 Lego set will be available on March 1 and cost $179.99 in the US. It is the first Lego Technic version of a Formula 1 car, but given the work that went into the new set, we expect Lego F1 fans to build their own models based on this design.

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