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Intel Inside

Lego RC KITT Knight Rider

This is not the best looking recreation of Knight Rider’s KITT (that accolade belongs here or here). But KITT’s genius wasn’t found in the way that it looked, but in what lay hidden inside. This is Gabor Horvath’s remote controlled KITT, and what’s underneath is a simply astonishing piece of Lego engineering.

Gabor’s KITT contains six Power Functions motors, the first being a Large motor driving the rear wheels through a differential, and the second being a Servo motor for steering. The remaining four motors are all needed to give the model KITT’s most recognisable feature; its lights.

Up front a set of pop-up headlights are controlled via a Medium motor, whilst another Medium motor switches them on. Sitting in-between these is KITT’s scanner, which oscillates back and forth via an ingenious linear-actuator operated mechanism. It’s a properly clever solution, which Gabor has detailed through a series of images and in a neat video.

See full details of how it all works via Gabor’s MOCpage, Flickr photostream or at the Eurobricks discussion forum.

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A Lone Crusader in a Dangerous World

Lego Knight Rider KITT

The world… of the Knight Rider.

Probably both the coolest and cheesiest TV series ever made Knight Rider arrived on our screens in 1982, running for four glorious – although some might say ridiculous – years.

The star of the show was of course the artificially intelligent Pontiac Trans-Am ‘KITT’, a self-aware and nearly indestructible force for good, driven by a crime-fighting David Hasselhoff.

This superb Model Team recreation of the Knight Industries Two Thousand is the work of Flickr’s Alex Jones aka Orion Pax, and he’s published an extensive gallery of top quality photos at his website. Click the link above to visit Alex’s Flickr page where you can be re-routed to the full set of images.

Lego Pontiac Trans-Am Knight Rider

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The Top 5…

Firas Abu Jaber Creations!

Our usual articles here at TLCB publicise only new creations. Today though we take a trip back in time to look at the creations of one of the all time greatest Lego vehicle builders, someone who has featured not only on the top Lego websites, but also the likes of Top Gear and Jalopnik. He is of course, the amazing Firas Abu Jaber. In our second ‘Top 5’  list our collaborators Head Turnerz suggest their five favourite Firas creations. Over to the the Head Turnerz crew…

Much of the online Lego community know of the legendary Firas Abu Jaber, and most will have a favourite or two of his creations. Here at Head Turnerz we have teamed up with The Lego Car Blog to give you another HT x TLCB Top 5, this time to showcase the very best of what Firas built over several incredible years.

Lego Mitsubishi Evo

No.5

In fifth place is, without doubt, the best recreation of the iconic Mitsubishi Evolution X that you’ll ever find made from LEGO. We remember when we first saw Firas’ creation posted on the MOCpages home page – and we nearly fell off our chairs. With 15 stud wide body work and ingeniously recreated disc brakes Firas’ Evo is jam-packed with details, making it not just one of the best Evos, but one of the best Lego cars ever made.

Lego Lamborghini Gallardo

No.4

What sort of Top 5 of the best Firas cars would this be without one of his famous Lamborghinis? Coming in at number four is this stunning Lamborghini Gallardo SE built way back in January 2009. The body shaping is – as with every Firas build – perfect, and with the freakishly great eye for detail that he has, this Lego Lamborghini does not let the famous marque down.

Lego Knight Rider KITT

No.3

K.I.T.T could possibly be the most well known T.V/movie car of all time and Firas did not disappoint when he ‘dropped’ this one, again back in 2009. Firas’ model features everything the real ‘82 Pontiac Firebird Trans-Am K.I.T.T had, including the infamous scan-bar. Of course, everything opens, including removable T-tops to complete the convertible roof!

Lego Pagani Zonda

No.2

The Pagani Zonda C12 S is one of the most beautiful Italian cars ever made, Firas somewhat cheesily describing it as “just like a beautiful girl”. We can see what he means though, and his Model Team version is just as eye-catching. The curves, his unique building techniques, and those remarkable headlights – it’s how a Lego car should be built. Firas even constructed his Zonda so that all the ‘elements’ were detachable – see how he did it at the link.

Lego Ford GT

No.1

Taking the top spot in our Top 5 Firas Abu Jaber creations list is none other than his incredible Ford GT – possibly the greatest Model Team car ever made, and the most popular car in the history of MOCpages. Some may disagree with our previous choices, but we think we that all will agree that this is the car that cemented Firas’ reputation as the best Lego vehicle builder of his time. A legend if you will. This GT was so realistic it was even featured on the official Top Gear website! It’s the perfect MOC.

Some of you reading this may not have had the privilege to see first hand Firas’ builds show up on your ‘most recent’ listing on MOCpages, but to have witnessed it at the time was an absolute honour. Firas was and still is the true G.O.A.T of Lego car building. We think we speak for all when we say we hope to see him make a return some day…

So that’s Head Turnerz’ Top 5 Firas Abu Jaber creations. Do you agree with their choices or has your favourite missed the cut? Let them know what you think by joining in their discussions over on Flickr – click here to visit the group, and they’ll join us again soon for another Top 5.

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Acceptable in the ’80s

Lego Movie CarsThis is about as much epic as we can fit in one post here at The Lego Car Blog! Stephan Sander on MOCpages has recreated the coolest cars from the coolest shows of the 1980s, and every one is as good as anything we’ve blogged here to date. Built in LEGO’s own ‘Miniland’ style each vehicle even includes the lead characters from the relevant TV show. See if you can identify them all! Oh, and check out Stephan’s website here – where there’s even more ’80s automotive goodness available.

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KITT

Lego Knight Rider KITT“Michael Knight, a lone crusader in a dangerous world. The world… of the Knight Rider.” The narrator forgets to warn us that Michael drives a slightly uptight and very camp Pontiac Trans Am, but it did have a cool red thingumy on the front and seemed to predict the advent of sat-nav with stunning foresight. Mad Physicist recreates the Knight Industries Two Thousand from Lego brilliantly on Flickr.

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Keep Your Scanners Peeled

Lego Knight Rider

Insert the Hoff for twice the aweso… Actually don’t, it’s probably more awesome without him.

Michael Knight, a lone crusader in a dangerous world. The world… of the Knight Rider. Orion Pax reminds reminds us just how cheesy American TV was in the ’80s with his Knight Industries Two Thousand. See more of the camp car on Flickr.

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