Lego’s automotive kits are just about the best thing that will be on the list needed to bridge the gap between child and adulthood, which is why even the automotive companies sometimes feel young at heart and indulge in this not-so guilty pleasure.
McLaren is doing just that by taking to the Goodwood Festival of Speed a 1:1 scale model of the 720S made out of Lego bricks – with more than 267,300 of them taking up over 2,000 hours of man hours from the lives of six people. The life-sized Lego 720S isn’t actually completed – because the automaker is allowing visitors of the Festival of Speed to be the ones to put the finishing touches. And there’s going to be plenty of work to be performed – more than 12,700 bricks will be needed to wrap things up. And everything is spot on, down to the Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires with the appropriate silver markings.
The final Lego structure will tip the scales at about 3,530 pounds (1,600 kilograms), mostly because there’s an internal steel structure supporting the build, and that’s way more than what the production 720S claims – a 2829-pound (1,283-kg) dry weight. McLaren of course had help from Lego – the Danish toy company needed CAD data of the 720S and delivered the blueprints.