The year is 2064, and the Formula 1 has gone from strength to strength! The ’64 season features an amazing 42 races , 36 of which are in the United States, wherein the best drivers in the world (and Nicholas Latifi) battle to discover who the FIA’s Race Director will deem worthy of becoming World Champion!
Yuki Studona is hoping the fresh engines being fitted to his Octan Racing car in the final pitstop of the ’64 U.S. Grand Prix will give him the win, and he’ll be able to carry that momentum into next week’s ’64 U.S.A Grand Prix before the season wraps up in the Unites States in two weeks’ time.
Join the F1 fans at the ’64 U.S. Grand Prix and cheer on Yuki courtesy of lokiloki29 via the link above!
It’s the last day of Febrovery, meaning our Elves will cease bringing back sci-fi nonsense and we can re-start blogging cars! Before then though, we have three (excellent) Febrovery creations to share, about each of which we know absolutely nothing. We’re counting the hours until it’s cars again…
First up is a Febrovery entrant that is at least relatable to our humdrum transport here on Earth, being a space school bus by Flickr’s Tyler (aka Legohaulic). A diverse list of alien children are present for the trip to space school and there’s more to see at Tyler’s photostream via the link.
The second creation in our Febrovery Finale come from regular bloggee Horcik Designs, whose space tanker merges Neo-Classic Space and Octan to brilliant effect. Twenty four wheels make it exactly six times better than anything in TLCB office car park and there’s more to see on Flickr. Click the link above to make the jump to Neo-Classic Space.
Ah ‘Ice Planet 2002′, when years starting with a ’20’ seemed super futuristic. This funky looking rover by Carter pays tribute to the oft-forgotten vintage theme, and includes the coolest wheels seen since your Mum fitted spinners to her mobility scooter. There’s more of Carter’s ‘Ice Scout’ to see on Flickr – click the link above to check it out.
The future is electric. The UK has banned the sale of new cars that aren’t zero emissions from 2030, Tesla have become (amazingly) the world’s most valuable car company, and Norway’s new car registrations are over 50% EV.
That message hasn’t reached Dallen Powell though, whose marvellous hover freighter is not only transporting some kind of mystery fuel, it’s also still powered by burning fossilised dinosaurs, as denoted by the four exhaust stacks.
Dallen’s alternative future may still be a polluted one, but damn; it looks so cool! Superb parts usage adds to the whimsy, including a balustrade for steps, picket fence for a grille, and a brilliant brick-built Octan logo.
There’s more of to see of Dallen’s dirty sci-fi at his photostream – click the link above to float on over!
The year is 1993, mini-figures come in smiling form only, and Octan sponsor just about everything. LEGO also produce some marvellous spring suspension pieces for Town sets too, with all of the above being put to excellent use on the 6648 off-road buggy set, one of three sets to feature this particular vehicular design that year.
Cue TLCB favourite Jonathan Elliott, who has reimagined 6648 some twenty-seven years later. Gone is the smiling mini-figure, Octan sponsorship, and even the marvellous spring suspension, but we still love his homage to the classic Town set. Head to Flickr to see more and party like it’s 1993.
This magnificent Octan Space Racer – imagined for the iconic video game ‘Wipeout’ – comes from TLCB favourite David Roberts, who has very much taken the ‘more is more’ route with power, and the ‘it’ll be fine’ route with steering. Kinda like a Camaro.
To quote the builder “Built for speed, it was equipped with two massive engines from Whatt & Pritney. Much of the underside of its nose was given to heat exchanger pipes. This cooling array boosted the power of the engines considerably. If the designers had paid as much attention to the steering it might have been a successful racer.”
Yup, a Camaro then. See more at David’s photosteam via the link above.
Our American readers may not be familiar with DAF trucks, but in Europe they’re everywhere, pulling everything from dump trailers to tankers. We have one of each today, from Arian Janssens (above) and Biczzz (below), each being wonderfully detailed and each pulling an equally well-built trailer too. See more of both builds via the links above.
With the news that TLCB’s home nation is to ban the sale of new diesel and petrol powered cars by 2040, following France, Norway and others, the writing is on the wall for petrol companies. Not that you’d know it though. Are they, aware of the impending death of the one product they sell, championing the roll-out of hydrogen fuelling and electricity fast-chargers? Are they balls.
Which makes this six-wheeled Octan, er… whatever this is by Flickr’s BobDeQuatre even more perplexing that it otherwise would be. Are Octan still selling fossil fuels in the distant future? And how can an internal combustion engine even work in an environment without oxygen? We’ll put on our ‘Oil Executive Hat’ and say that’s a problem for another generation, let’s just keep that black gold flowing!* See more of Bob’s Octan Space Thingy at his photostream via the link above.
*We imagine the results of said hat look a little like the Simpsons’ Rich Texan.
Overused by Americans with a limited vocabulary, ‘awesome’ is an adjective we try to avoid here at The Lego Car Blog. We’re making an exception today though, because this Octan ‘S-P31 Drone Mech’ by Flickr’s Bob DeQuatre is the very definition of awesome. Hidden within the striking exterior shell is a Power Functions motor, enabling this brilliant creation to really walk. You can check out all of the imagery, and watch a video of the mech in action, at Bob’s photostream via the link above.
We’re not sure what this is or what it does, but it’s absolutely magnificent! Built by Flickr’s BobDeQuatre it’s called the ‘Ocean Sandbeetle’, and it’s made us wonder why all cars don’t have five wheels. Whilst we figure out how we can up the wheel count on the office Rover 200 you can check out Bob’s build via his photostream by clicking here.
LEGO’s fictional petroleum company, Octan, have been around since 1992, with their ‘sponsorship’ appearing on allsortsofvehicles over that time. This Ford F150 Raptor in full off-road spec by Flickr’s Peter Blackert (aka Lego911) is one of our favourites to appear in a while, and the Octan sponsorship looks very at home. There’s more to see, including a few images of the Raptor in a brick-built desert landscape, via Peter’s photostream.
The Lego Car Blog staff, more used to knowing pointless facts about obscure cars from 1993, are utterly bemused by sci-fi creations. Unfortunately for us our Elves quite like finding space creations, because it makes them feel like astronauts. So, here goes…
This is an Octan-themed space thingumy that looks a bit like an ant. Thus, we’ve called it the ‘OctAnt’, and we’re quite pleased with ourselves for that. It has a gun on the top and big ball thing on the back and you can see more courtesy of BobDeQuatre on Flickr.
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Today we have three brilliant cars to share with you, and all are products of the current LUGNuts Challenge ‘100 Ways to Win!’. The first is this, Thirdwigg‘s superb Technic recreation of the 1992 Porsche 911 Carrera Cup. Resplendent in Octan livery, which easily adds another 40bhp on it’s own, Thirdwigg’s Carrera features working suspension, steering, a functioning gearbox and the Porsche’s famous rear-mounted flat-6 engine. There’s lots more to see on Flickr – click the link above to make the jump.
This curious looking ‘Octan Spider Tanker’ was found on Flickr today. It’s been built by TLCB debutant BobDeQuatre to ‘move quickly on rough terrain to gather samples of liquid or deliver water or fuel’. Plus it reminds us of your Mom. You can see more (of the tanker, not your Mom) at Bob’s photostream by clicking here.
Ever since they discovered this build by Tyler Sky on Flickr, the Elves have been splashing around in the TLCB Executive Jacuzzi, making engine noises. Inspired by his wife’s present of mini-figs and seagulls, Tyler has built a super-fast Octan catamaran. We can tell it’s fast, thanks to the brilliant, brick-built rooster tail which he has created. Click on the links to see more details, including which of the twin pilots isn’t enjoying the ride.