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The Lego McLaren Senna is somehow 500 kg heavier than the real one

The Lego McLaren Senna
The Lego McLaren Senna
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Real rims and Pirelli tires
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Real rims and Pirelli tires
The Lego McLaren Senna
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The Lego McLaren Senna
Interior features genuine McLaren carbon seat, steering wheel and pedals
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Interior features genuine McLaren carbon seat, steering wheel and pedals
We wonder how the aerodynamics stack up
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We wonder how the aerodynamics stack up
The closest many of us might get to a McLaren Senna
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The closest many of us might get to a McLaren Senna
The Lego replica is somehow 500 kg heavier than the real Senna
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The Lego replica is somehow 500 kg heavier than the real Senna
Yes, the headlights work
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Yes, the headlights work
The model includes McLaren's famous dihedral doors
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The model includes McLaren's famous dihedral doors

After 5,000 hours of work, Lego and McLaren have unveiled one heck of a collaboration: a full-size, 1:1 Lego replica of the Senna supercar. Using half a million bricks, the replica has working lights, doors and infotainment system, and somehow weighs 500 kg (1,100 lb) more than the real thing.

Only 500 of the road-going McLaren Senna will be built, and very few people will get a chance to sit in one, so it's nice of Lego to build something people can jump in and play with as it tours around a series of events through 2019. To keep things feeling real, the team used some real parts from McLaren to finish the model, including the carbon fiber seat, steering wheel and pedals, the logo badges, wheels and tires.

We wonder how the aerodynamics stack up
We wonder how the aerodynamics stack up

Building the Lego model took 42 people, working in shifts around the clock for a total of 2,725 man-hours. If you include the design and development phase, that total becomes 4,935 hours. While you can press the roof-mounted Start button and "hear a simulation of the 208-mph (335-km/h) car roaring into life," the team hasn't elected to load it up with thousands of Lego Technic motors and make it actually drive, like the Lego Bugatti Chiron we saw last year, which was capable of 12 mph (20 km/h).

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Source: McLaren

1 comment
guzmanchinky
That is astonishing. It seems to be a human nature reaction when we see something that takes far more patience and time than we would normally be willing to put towards something (like seeing a castle built 100's of years ago by hand).