We often publicise huge billion-brick creations here at The Lego Car Blog, but you really don’t need a collection larger than Legoland to make something awesome. Demonstrating this beautifully is Mc Brickster, who is making his TLCB debut with a pair of gorgeous Porsche 911 Carrera 3.0 RS racing cars, complete with period-correct decals and slot-car slick tyres. Each has been photographed brilliantly and there’s more to see at Mc Brickster’s photostostream via the link above.
A few Formula 1 drivers may well be able to say that their other car is a Bugatti Chiron. Today through, we’re reversing that, as this single-seat open-wheel racing car is constructed purely from the pieces around within LEGO’s flagship 42083 Technic Bugatti Chiron set.
Designed by Technic legend and TLCB Master MOCer Paul Boratko aka Crowkillers, this brilliant Bugatti B-Model includes a four-speed paddle-shift gearbox with a reverse and neutral switch, working steering and suspension, and a V10 engine.
Paul calls his B-Model a Formula 1 car, but we’re more in the mind of an Indycar or Formula-E racer, what with the Bugatti’s large wheels and the swoopy bodywork, although that enormous V10 is most unlike Formula-E (and even Formula 1 these days).
Whatever it is it’s a fine B-Model that’s well worth a closer look, especially if you’re lucky enough to own a 42083 Chiron set yourself. Head to Eurobricks by clicking here to see more images and a video of the model’s features.
No, not that LEGO Porsche, but it’s just as good. This is the latest classic racing car to come from Greg998. and it’s a special one. Porsche’s late ’80s 962C won pretty much everything in sports and endurance racing, including Le Mans in 1986 and 1987.
Greg’s version is one of the three 962Cs entered in the 1988 event, and it features with working steering, suspension, a detailed turbo-charged flat-6 engine, and the 962C’s incredible aero-bodywork – complete with authentic period decals.
This is a Ford RS200, and it could have been one of the greatest rally cars of all time. Unfortunately for Ford, who had invested millions in the project, the insane Group B class in which the RS200 was due to compete was terminated almost exactly as the car launched.
Needing at least some return on their investment Ford turned to European Rallycross, which still maintained an almost ‘anything goes’ approach to the rules. Alongside the other orphans from Group B, such as Audi’s S1 quattro and Rover’s monstrous Metro 6R4, Ford’s RS200 created a spectacular show.
Rallycross has since become a global phenomenon thanks largely to the X-Games and YouTube stars like Ken Block, with Ford currently dominating the sport in their 600bhp all-wheel-drive Fiesta, but this weird little racer is where it all began.
Only 200 road-going RS200s were ever built, but today MOCpages’ Heiko Ruutel has taken it to 201 with a stunning replica of the 1980s legend. Featuring working suspension, 4-cylinder engine, steering and fully opening bodywork Heiko’s RS200 recreation is a throughly excellent homage to the often forgotten original. There’s lots more to see at Heiko’s MOCpage – Click the link above and get sideways.
Nissan’s recent Le Mans adventure has been rather short-lived. First the brilliant looking Deltawing ran the ’00’ designation for experimental vehicles, but was sadly involved in a crash forcing it into retirement, then Nissan’s Nismo team returned with this; the hybrid GT-R LM.
Built to take on Audi, Toyota and Porsche in the LMP1 prototype category, the GT-R LM Nismo competed in just one race before the whole project was canned.
MOCpages’ Alexander Pachoaletto remembers one of motorsport’s most recent high-profile failures with his tidy Model Team recreation. complete with some of the most ingenious headlights of any model to appear here. There’s more to see of Alex’s Nissan GT-R LM Nismo at the link above.
Previous bloggee Angka Utama reminds us of one of our favourite childhood sweets, made from a nutritious blend of e-colourings and gelatine, with his 6-wide ‘Track Day Car’. Give it a lick at his photostream via the link above.
Kimi Raikkonen is one of the sport’s more… er, unusual characters, but there’s no doubting his racing talent. Back when Ferrari were the team to beat he took the F2007 to the World Championship, earning his sole title. Nathaniel L has rebuilt Kimi’s winning Ferrari and published it to Flickr with stunning photography. See all the beautiful photos via the link above.
TLCB Elves are getting very excited seeing the creations made just for them that are appearing across the internet for TLCB Summer Building Competition.
Lino Martins has shot straight into pole position with his entry of two awesome-looking short circuit Sprint race cars. Racing stripes? Check. Big engines? Check. Bonus Elf? Check! The genuine racing stickers look the business too.
There’s more to see of Lino’s competition entry at his Flickr photostream, and you can read the competition rules, prizes and entry requirements here if you’d like to enter your own creation!
French made, French raced, Technic LMP1 cars are like buses…
The second LMP1 car to appear here this week arrived courtesy of a reader via the Feedback and Submission Suggestions page. It comes from previous bloggee Nico71, and it is – as you can see – gorgeous. Underneath the swoopy prototype-class bodywork sits a fully functioning chassis complete with authentic double-wishbone push-rod suspension, a working V8 engine, steering, and opening doors and engine cover.
At the time of writing Nico’s Technic LMP1 racer isn’t present at any of our Elves’ usual haunts, but fortunately it is available at Nico’s own (and excellent) website, where there is also a huge gallery of detailed photos with instructions to come. For all the details click on these blue words to visit Nico’s website.
This mighty-looking Technic LMP1 endurance racer was discovered on Eurobricks by one of our happy little helpers. It the work of bj51 and it’s packed full of Technic functions. These include all-wheel independent suspension, a working V8 engine, steering and transmission. There’s lots more to see at the Eurobricks discussion forum or at bj51’s website, and you can read our review of the offical Technic endurance racer set by clicking here.
It’s time for one of your finds now, suggested to us via the Feedback page. This neat Audi R8 LMS is the work of mordecai mordecai of MOCpages. There’s more to see by clicking on the second link, and if you’d like to suggest a creation that our Elves have missed simply check to see if it meets our blog guidelines and get in touch!
LEGO’s Speed Champions sets, featuring licensed partnerships with Ferrari, McLaren and Porsche, have been warmly received by the interwebs. Porsche-building legend Malte Dorowski got there long before LEGO though, and he’s built some versions of LEGO’s official 75912 Porsche set that are a little bit bigger… You can see more of Malte’s set of differently-sized Porsches on both Flickr and MOCpages.
Carl Greatrix continues his run of Caterham Seven’s with this R300 racing version. Carl’s hoping his design will become an official LEGO set (and we are too) – click the link above to make it happen!
In the Le Mans 24 Hours of 1991 something rather remarkable happened. A car without a reciprocating engine not only finished the endurance feat, but won it. The car was of course Mazda’s incredible 787B, powered by a brilliant 900bhp 4-rotor Wankel rotary engine, and driven by Johnny Herbert, Betrand Gachot and Volker Weildler.
No other car without a reciprocating engine has since repeated this feat, and nor has any other Japanese car claimed outright victory at Le Mans.
This beautiful recreation of one endurance racing’s greatest legends is the work of Bob Alexander, and you can see more of his Model Team Mazda 787B at his photostream by clicking the link above.
Suggested to us via the feedback page by a reader (and previous bloggee) is Luca Rosconi‘s beautiful 1975 March 751 Formula 1 car, which won the Austrian Grand Prix in torrential rain that year. March were one of the most prolific racing car manufacturers of all time, building cars for dozens of race teams across a variety of racing formulas. Customer cars are now outlawed in Formula 1 so sadly you can’t just buy a car and enter a race. We think this is a bit of shame here at TLCB, so we’ll be imagining what it was like back in the ’70s via Luca’s Flickr page. Click the link above to join us.