The LEGO Group has created the full-size LEGO McLaren 720S and it is on display at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles through August 19. The 1:1 scale model was completed with help of museum visitors, who placed the final orange bricks on the LEGO model on Saturday, June 2nd.
The LEGO McLaren 720S was built up around a steel frame and required more than 280,000 LEGO bricks, weighing in at 3,200lbs, compared to the road-going 720S’s dry weight of 2,828lbs. In order to produce such an accurate representation of the second-generation of McLaren Super Series, McLaren Automotive worked closely with the only UK certified LEGO professional builders, providing in-depth vehicle CAD data so that the model could be fully realised. A team of six working at one time for over 2,000 hours was needed to build the car by hand. In comparison, a real-world production 720S takes around 12 working days in the McLaren Production Centre to assemble. Also featured on the LEGO 720S build is the all-new Pirelli P Zero Corsa tyres used in its road-going equivalent, complete with silver ‘Pirelli Colour Edition’ graphics.
The LEGO McLaren 720S will be on display through August 19th on the second floor of the Petersen Automotive Museum. LEGO and McLaren Automotive fans will be able to customize their own mini LEGO Speed Champions McLaren on an interactive iPad app next to the car. The customization app will offer the choice to add racing stripes, flames, checkered flags, license plates, backgrounds, and also add their name with an option to print a custom sticker of the car they have designed. The Petersen’s Discovery Center located near the full scale car will host daily access to race ramps and build tables for museum attendees who want to build their own LEGO Speed Champions race cars.
The McLaren 720S is available to order pre-assembled with a starting MRSP of $284,745. Younger fans of the brand might be more interested in the 75880 LEGO Speed Champions McLaren 720S miniature set, available in the Petersen Store for a fraction of the price.
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