Watch McLaren build a life-size 720S out of Lego

McLaren publically created the slowest, heaviest supercar in its history at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Oh, the irony. Instead, the famously fastidious Woking marque built something a tad more juvenile. A Lego car. A really big one. A 1:1 scale, life-size 720S, in fact. Well, supercars are the ultimate grown-up toys, aren’t they?

As this uber-satisfying time-lapse video tells us, the project took over 2,000 man hours and the small matter of 280,000 individual bricks. Small wonder the 1,600kg ‘car’ had to rest on a reinforced metal frame concealed under the angular 8-bit bodywork.

Note the large quantity of laptops used in the early build phase. How very McLaren. Even when mucking about with building blocks, they’ve got computer-aided design backing up the playtime.

Offering visitors to GFoS the chance to help complete the model by adding the final 12,000 bricks helped raise £2,700 for charity, and no doubt inspired more than a few home-brew construction projects. If you freeze-frame the video enough and have access to about a quarter of a million bricks, you could probably give this version a go yourself. Best of luck.

Ollie Kew


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