Lego and Caterham team up on a kit car with a difference
Caterham might be known for its kit cars, but it's never sold one quite like this. Following in the footsteps of the Porsche GT3 RS launched earlier this year, Lego and Caterham have teamed up to create a miniature 620R using the ubiquitous plastic bricks.
Made up of more than 770 pieces, the Lego 620R measures up at 10 cm (3.93 in) tall and 28 cm (11 in) long, making it around half the size of the Technic GT3 RS. Finished in signature Caterham yellow, with a replica engine shoved under the plastic hood and a replica gearstick wedged between the seats, the 620R also looks a lot less complicated than the 2,704-piece GT3 to assemble.
Once it's fully assembled, the engine cover and nose cone can be removed, and there are functional wheel stands included in the box. The first thing we'd be doing is putting the car on those wheel stands and trying to extract a few more replica horsepower from the replica engine, because Caterham is claiming a top speed of just 10 km/h (6 mph). Given a steep enough driveway or smooth enough living room floor, surely the little car has more to give.
"Caterham has always prided itself on producing bespoke, hand-built cars for its customers," says Caterham Chief Commercial Officer, David Ridley. "Our army of fans who build their own Caterham Sevens are equally discerning when it comes to the detail and craftsmanship which is central to Caterham, and we worked closely with the LEGO team to ensure the LEGO model replicated that."
The model will be priced at £69 (US$90) when it hits stores on October 1.