Tag Archives: 2000s

Starman

Lego Tesla Roadster in Space

There’s a starman waiting in the sky
He’d like to come and meet us
But he thinks he’d blow our minds

We’ve flirted with the annual Lego bandwagon that is SHIPtember before, but this year we’ve found an entry we can really get behind.

This is a Tesla Roadster. Specifically it’s the actual Tesla Roadster owned by Paypal founder, Tony Stark inspiration, and pot enthusiast Elon Musk.

Earlier this year the Muskinator decided to launch his company’s first car, the Roadster, into space using his other company, SpaceX’s, Falcon Heavy Rocket. The little Elise-based electric sports car reached speeds of over 120,000km/h and is currently orbiting with an aphelion of 248,890,000km piloted by a mannequin named ‘Starman’.

Lego Tesla Roadster in Space

Thanks to the vacuum of space, Starman’s Roadster will continue to orbit indefinitely too, racking up considerably more miles than the 244 the car was capable of on one charge back on earth.

This huge 100-stud long homage to Elon’s ingenuous marketing project comes from TLCB newcomer Adrian Drake aka Brickfrenzy, who has built not only the ’08 Roadster but also Starman at the wheel too.

There much more to see of Adrian’s space-bound Tesla at his photostream via the link above, and you can watch the real Tesla Roadster live in orbit thanks to the wonders of YouTube by clicking here!

Lego Tesla Roadster in Space

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Dark Horse

Lego Ferrari Enzo

Launched back in 2002, the Ferrari Enzo arguably kick-started the whole hypercar thing that’s currently going on, along with the likes of Pagani, Bugatti, Porsche, and McLaren, and with Mercedes-Benz and even Toyota rumoured to be joining soon.

Powered by a naturally-aspirated 6 litre V12 the Enzo could hit a top speed in excess of 220mph, generating over 1,700lb of downforce as it did so. Only 400 Enzo’s were made in a production run that lasted just two years from ’02-’04, each costing around $660,000 (back in 2002!). That looks like a bargain now though, as Enzo’s are currently fetching up to $4m at auction.

Lego Ferrari Enzo

Rather more attainable than the real thing is this one, designed by previous bloggee Alexander Paschoaletto over 5 painstaking months. Constructed from LEGO’s ace dark blue colour (that we think looks brilliant instead of the usual Ferrari red), Alex spent almost a month just figuring out how to build the Enzo’s fiendishly complicated doors.

Ingenious building techniques are evident throughout the design (including in those opening doors) and you can see more Alexander’s superb recreation of Ferrari’s iconic early-2000s hypercar at his photostream – click the link above for all the images.

Lego Ferrari Enzo

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Technic Volante

Lego Technic Aston Martin DB9 Volante

Aston Martin are on a roll at the moment. There’s new engine partnership with AMG, a plethora new products, a new factory, and – above all – the company made a profit (a rare thing at Aston Martin). The rebirth of the brand as a modern supercar manufacturer started with this car – the utterly gorgeous DB9. Designed by Henrik Fisker the V12-powered aluminium DB9 hit showrooms way back in 2004, and yet still looked fresh when it was finally replaced some twelve years later.

This is the drop head version, or ‘Volante’ in Aston Martin speak, and if anything it’s even more beautiful than the coupe. Which makes it a seriously tricky car to recreate from Lego Technic, and yet Jeroen Otten’s hasn’t just managed it, he’s made his Technic replica fully functioning too.

As with any Technic ‘Supercar’, Jeroen’s stunning DB9 Volante features a working drivetrain – in this case a V12 engine linked to a 5+R gearbox, independent suspension, working steering (with Ackerman geometry and caster angle), opening doors, boot-lid and hood, and a trick three-piece folding convertible roof.

Jeroen’s built this Aston Martin DB9 Volante as a commissioned piece and there are some excellent photos available to view – head over to the DB9’s Flickr album or the Eurobricks discussion forum to see all the images.

Lego Technic Aston Martin DB9 Volante

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Bug-Eye

Lego Subaru WRX STI

Some cars wow the motoring world upon their release, causing a ripple of appreciation for their design, engineering progress and beauty.

This is not one of those cars.

The second generation Subaru Impreza had a lot to live up to. The original was the WRC poster car for a generation, and whilst it may have been a fairly boring Japanese box underneath, turbo-charged engines and all-wheel-drive turned the first generation Impreza (in WRX/STI form at least) into a cult car overnight.

By 2000 though it was time for the difficult sequel, and with the motoring world eagerly expecting something spectacular Subaru launched…. this.

It’s safe to say that the second generation Impreza was not positively received. It was a slightly better car in every respect than the original though, and it still found buyers thanks to its rally pedigree. A much needed facelift in 2004 and again in 2006 lessened the aesthetic stupidity, but the damage was done, ushering in a long decline in Europe that sadly for Subaru shows no sign of abating.

Lego Subaru WRX STI

As a result the second generation Impreza is now worth about £50, meaning you can pick up a car with genuine rally pedigree that will beat pretty much anything away from the lights for next-to-nothing. Unfortunately this means the WRX has become the favoured tool of the Donuts-in-a-Parking-Lot-Pikey, ruining Cars & Coffee meets for everyone else the world over.

Which is a shame, because catastrophically ugly though the second generation Impreza WRX is, it’s still a fantastic performance car. It’s just you can’t drive one without wearing a paper bag over your head.

We’ll settle for this one then, a rather delightful Model Team style replica from previous bloggee Alexander Paschoaletto. Alex has captured the second-gen Impreza’s, er… ‘unique’ look brilliantly, and he’s included a detailed engine and interior accessible via an opening hood and four opening doors.

There are lots more images of Alexander’s 2001 Subaru Impreza WRX STI to see on both Flickr and MOCpages – Click the links above to do some donuts in a McDonald’s car park.

Lego Subaru WRX STI

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Ford GT – Picture Special

Lego Technic Ford GT

This glorious Technic Ford GT was found by one of our Elves this morning, and it comes from previous bloggee Artemy Zotov (aka Fanylover). One of the most visually accurate Technic vehicles we’ve seen in some time, Artemy’s GT is loaded with aesthetic realism. Being a Technic creation the beauty isn’t just skin deep though, as a working miniature V8 engine driven by the rear wheels, functioning steering via both the steering wheel and a hand-of-God system, and opening doors, engine cover and front trunk all feature.

Lego Technic Ford GT

There’s more too, as Artemy has built a remotely controlled version alongside the manual car pictured here, utilising a third-party SBrick bluetooth receiver, two L Motors for drive, a Servo for steering, and four sets of LED lights. There are more images to see of the manual car via both MOCpages and the Eurobricks forum, where you can also watch a video of the RC version in action. Click the links above to find out more.

Lego Technic Ford GT

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Back in Black

Lego Technic Porsche Carrera GT

The Lego Car Blog Archives are a scary place. Dark, forbidding, and – rumour has it – stalked by a band of long-feral Elves, it’s a part of TLCB Towers that this writer tries to avoid.

Needs must though, as we were sure that this spectacular Technic Porsche Carrera GT had appeared here before. It turns out that it has, but builder Artemy Zotov has newly rebuilt his Porsche in an updated black colour scheme to coincide with the release of the model’s building instructions.

Featuring a V10 engine, working steering and suspension, and a rising and retracting rear spoiler, Artemy’s Carrera GT is one of the finest Technic Supercars of recent times. You can check out the full details of the build at Artemy’s MOCpage, where you can now find a link to the model’s building instructions so that you can create your own!

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La Goutte Grise

Lego Peugeot 607

France has built many fine luxury cars. This is not one of them.

Launched at the end of the millennium, the Peugeot 607 was an anonymous grey blob of a car that sold like anthrax cupcakes. Built at the height of Peugeot’s reliabilities issues, the last thing anyone wanted was a French car loaded with extra equipment which would inevitably and immediately go wrong.

This meant that like Renault’s (admittedly very adventurous) luxury offerings at the time, the Peugeot 607 was destined to be used almost exclusively as a tool for French Government officials, and then later – after the free-fall depreciation had kicked-in – as a taxi at Portuguese airports.

Lego Peugeot 607

This Lego homage to one of the world’s least good luxury cars is the work of Rolands Kirpis of Flickr, and it is quite simply an exceptional build. Everything that makes the real Peugeot 607 look like a part dissolved dishwasher tablet makes it one hell of a tricky car to reconstruct from right-angled Danish plastic, however Rolands has done a remarkably effective job of capturing the 607’s, er… blobby-ness? Blobicity? Blobery? Whatever.

Featuring a detailed interior, an opening hood with a neat and recognisable engine underneath, an opening boot, and four opening doors with some of the most intricate window frames we’ve ever seen, Roland’s Lego 607 is definitely worth a closer look. You can see the fully gallery of images at his photostream by clicking on the link above, and we’ll leave you with one more shot capturing an inevitable moment in mid-2000s Peugeot ownership…

Lego Peugeot 607

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America F*ck Yeah!

Lego GMC c4500 Kodiak Topkick

This is a GMC c4500 Kodiak Topkick, a vehicle which normally serves as medium-duty truck, but which was also available in the mid 2000s in an enormous, ridiculous, and scarcely believable pick-up truck configuration.

Powered by a 300bhp V8, featuring an 8ft load bed, and appearing in the Transformers movie franchise as Autobot ‘Ironside’, the pick-up Kodiak is the perfect vehicle for gun-toting, climate change denying, Muslim-fearing neanderthals, and we absolutely hate it.

However, this patriotically-pictured Lego version of one of the world’s most pointless vehicles is a rather nice build, and it features an opening hood, four opening doors, plus a detailed interior and chassis. It’s the work of Flickr’s VR Workshop and you can check out all of the images via the link, whilst we try to find a Lego Nissan Leaf or Toyota Prius to balance things out.

Lego GMC c4500 Kodiak Topkick

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Nismo GT-R

Lego Nissan GT-R NISMO

Nissan’s R35 series GT-R is getting – in car terms – pretty ancient now. It’s been 10 years since the design launched and yet, despite the continual price rises and the advancement of newer rivals, the GT-R is still capable of dispatching supercars costing three times as much a decade later.

The GT-R does feel its age inside though, where it’s miles off the pace compared to a modern design, and – oddly – it doesn’t actually feel as fast as it is, so hushed is the engine by the twin turbos forcing air into it.

It is though, an absolutely cult car, helped hugely by Nissan’s partnership with all manner of racing game developers which has immortalised the GT-R in pixels, but it’s also a car that seems to rarely feature in Lego form.

Previous bloggee (and one half of Master MOCers LegoExotics) Jens Matuschek has decided a Lego version was way overdue, and he’s built a spectacular replica of the GT-R in 2008 NISMO specification. The car features opening doors, hood and trunk, and includes a beautifully detailed engine and interior.

There are loads more superb images available to view at both MOCpages and Flickr – click the links to see the full Nissan GT-R NISMO gallery.

Lego Nissan GT-R NISMO

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Pagani Zonda Cinque – Picture Special

Lego Pagani Zonda Cinque

Supercar upstarts Pagani are a most unusual company. In 1992 founder Horacio Pagani, an Argentinian working for Lamborghini in Italy, decided to use his carbon fibre and composite engineering expertise to develop a car of his own.

Pagani partnered with Daimler who supplied their mighty AMG V12 engine, and unlike almost every other recent supercar entrepreneur, he busied himself for almost a decade before his car was ready, without releasing a single half-baked design accompanied by ludicrous performance figures.

Lego Pagani Zonda Cinque

Pagani’s spectacular creation launched at Geneva in 1999, and it worked too, instantly propelling the company into the genuine hypercar club. The Zonda become increasingly powerful over the next decade, and this is one of the very last variants, called the Cinque and released in 2009 with a production run of just five.

This brilliant Model Team version of one of the world’s rarest and most expensive hypercars is the work of previous bloggee Noah_L (formally Lego Builders), and it’s one of the most spectacular supercar builds we’ve seen in a very long time. With opening doors, hood and clamshell engine cover the internals are as detailed as the exterior, and we highly recommend taking a look at the full album. You can check out all the beautiful photos of the Zonda Cinque at Noah’s  photostream – click the link above to make the jump.

Lego Pagani Zonda Cinque

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Lego Livery

Lego Scuderia Ferrari Truck

The finest brick-built livery ever? If not it’s a sure top three. This brilliant Iveco Scuderia Ferrari transporter from the 2008 F1 season is the work of Ryan Link of Flickr, and it has some of the most intricate brick-work we’ve ever seen. The whole truck opens up too, with a double-deck car ramp, sliding tool storage and a flip-up awning. See more via the link above.

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Ferrari Enzo – Picture Special

Lego Ferrari Enzo

It’s time for one of your suggestions. This stunning Ferrari Enzo comes from previous bloggee Ryan Link of MOCpages, and it is – as you can see – a beautifully accurate recreation of one of Ferrari’s greatest hits.

Lego Ferrari Enzo

Featuring a detailed engine and interior, plus opening butterfly doors and engine lid, Ryan’s model used some mind-bindingly intricate techniques to achieve the famous shape. See how he’s done it via the link to his MOCpage above!

Lego Ferrari Enzo

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French Fighter

Lego Dassault Rafale-M

This magnificent Dassault Rafale-M complete with carrier-deck was found on Flickr today. Previous bloggee Kenneth Vaessen is the builder and he’s recreated France’s current maritime fighter beautifully in brick-form.

Designed to replace France’s various military aircraft with a single multi-role fighter, the Rafale was introduced in 2001 and it’s been in action over Syria, Iraq, Libya and Afghanistan since, most notably launching strikes on the utter shitbags that are Daesh (otherwise known as Islamic State).

There’s lots more to see of Kenneth’s top-quality recreation of the French fighter at his Flickr photostream – click the link above to take off.

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Pixelated Porsche

Lego Porsche 911 GT3 Mosaic

We know, another Porsche. But this one is a bit different to the creations we usually post, seeing as the whole thing is only two plates high. This neat video-game style ’08 Porsche 911 GT3 RS mosaic was suggested by a reader and comes from Blaine R. of MOCpages. There are 4,796 bricks in there, and you can see them in more detail by clicking the link above.

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Porsche Carrera GT – Picture Special

Lego Technic Porsche Carrera GT

This incredible replica of Porsche’s mighty 2005 V10 supercar was discovered by one of our Elves on Eurobricks today. It’s the work of Artemy Zotov, and it’s one of the finest Technic Supercars that this site has ever featured.

Lego Technic Porsche Carrera GT

Artemy’s Carrera GT is a near-perfect one tenth scale replica of one of Porsche’s most ambitious vehicles and it features a wealth of superbly engineered mechanical functions, including the Carrera’s unique V10 engine, all-wheel independent suspension, working steering, opening hood, doors and engine cover, and the Porsche’s clever rising and retracting rear spoiler.

Lego Porsche Carrera GT

There’s more of this stunning build to see at the Eurobricks discussion forum (and probably Flickr, MOCpages and Brickshelf too in the near future, but we’re quite early featuring this creation). Click this link to check out one of the finest Technic Supercars you’re likely to see his year.

Lego Technic Supercar Porsche Carrera GT

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