Racing trucks are a bit like starting a removal company with a Mazda Miata. There are vehicles considerably more suited to the task.
But, much like moving house in a Miata, a racing truck is a somewhat impressive sight. This one is a Scania R730, as constructed by previous bloggee Vladimir Drozd (aka LegoV94), and it comes complete with remote control drive and steering via an SBrick, a two-speed gearbox, a working piston engine, and sponsorship by every company ever.
Is there anything in the vehicular world more pointless than truck racing? OK, The Brothers Brick’s review of the blue LEGO Fiat 500 set – which is exactly the same as the yellow one, only blue – probably takes the win, but truck racing is a close second.
Why take something designed specifically to pull heavy things long distances in the most fuel efficient way, and adapt it to go a short distance quickly whilst pulling nothing? It’s like using an airliner as the basis for a powerboat.
Anyway, pointlessness of source material aside, TLCB Master MOCer Nico71 has created a rather excellent racing truck from his 42083 Technic Bugatti Chiron set, with steering, an eight-speed sequential gearbox, functioning suspension, a working piston engine, and a tilting cab.
Nico’s made building instructions of his alternate available too, so you can convert your own 42083 Bugatti Chiron set into this brilliant Lego version of the world’s most pointless racing vehicle at home.
There’s more of Nico’s Bugatti B-Model to see at his Brickshelf gallery by clicking here, you can read his Master MOCers interview here at TLCB via the link in the text link above, and you can watch all of the race truck’s features in action in the video below.
Racing trucks are, to our eyes, completely pointless. Totally unsuited to motorsport and hampered by regulations that state they still need a fifth-wheel (as if they’re ever going to tow anything!), they’re only really worth watching for the inevitable crashes. But that’s not to say they aren’t impressive, because they are. Hugely so, with upwards of a thousand horsepower.
Equally impressive (maybe) is this, Lucio Switch’s ‘Race Truck MkII’, a spectacularly smooth Technic replica of a European racing truck, complete with some serious power of its own. LEGO’s discontinued buggy motors are the most powerful the company has ever made and Lucio’s creation has two of them. And two BuWizz bluetooth bricks, each multiplying that power by a factor of eight.
A Servo Motors controls the steering, and model also features working suspension front and rear, opening doors, a tilting cab, and an inline six-cylinder piston engine. It’s also, as you can see here, presented beautifully – giving a perfect demonstration of how to photograph and edit a Lego build. There’s much more of Lucio’s brilliant model on Flickr, including images of the chassis and drivetrain, at the Eurobricks forum where there is also a video of the model in action, and at Lucio’s own website.
Things have become a bit slack at TLCB towers recently. The Elf-Wrangler-in-Chief is away and we must admit to having been rather lenient with the Elves. We’ve left top off the Smarties jar on more than one occasion. We’ve enjoyed the abundance of Lego aeroplanes that they’ve brought us, though the little monsters must realise that these aren’t cars! This morning, two of the Elves staggered in looking a bit soggy. They’d swum home from Amsterdam carrying Ralph Savelsberg’s EA-1F Skyraider and tried to tempt us with it.
Fortunately, we’d read The Brothers Brick and spotted this beautiful scene by Simon Pickard on Flickr. Simon’s model of this famous part of a famous F1 circuit must have involved a great deal of patience. He has wedged hundreds of tiles, edge-on, to create a smooth and flowing tarmac curve. Topped off with two cars from different ages of racing and a nice crane, this model is well worth a further look.
Uh oh… The Lego Car Blog is venturing into yet another subject of which we know nothing (apologies in advance). This blue contraption is, apparently, an All Terrain Speed Racing Mech, powered by two Honda plasma engines and piloted by a Stark Industries hardsuit-wearing mini-fig (off of Iron Man? Score one to TLCB for an accurate sci-fi reference!).
Rumour has it that the Mercedes-powered racers in the Mecha Racing League have around 50bhp more than this Honda mech though, and are almost certain to take the championship title. However their two drivers are starting to loath one-another and a big team shake up could be coming… (ha! We got this post back to a topic we know!).
You can see more of the Honda-powered All Terrain Racing Mech above courtesy of Marco Marozzi of Flickr – click the link to jump in.
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.
We’ve featured a few of Malte Dorowski’s astonishing racing cars before on The Lego Car Blog, and this time he’s completed the set by beautifully photographing his Martini Racing Team VW Parts Van alongside one of his Porsche racing cars. Part of a Classic Racing group, you can view the full gallery on MOCpages.
Malte Dorowski is possibly the best vehicle builder in the Lego Community today. His work offers a level of detail that we’d just not seen in bricks before, and his latest racing car is no exception. One of several Malte-MOCs we’ve featured here at The Lego Car Blog, and belonging to the Classic Race Teams Group on MOCpages we featured earlier in the year, his Porsche 935/76 Turbo is one of the most beautiful creations the Elves have found thus far. Models like this are why The Lego Car Blog exists in fact. You can view all the details of this creation on MOCpages – it’s worth a click.
We at The Lego Car Blog can’t resist a good Lego Racecar and is there anyone better at creating them than the Porsche Master himself Malte Dorowski.
We thought he was having us on when he said he was creating a Porsche museum, but with the amount of precise Porsches this guy masterfully creates we’re starting to believe him. We could say they are Ravishingly Beautiful. Go take a look for yourself on MOCpages
Austin Nomorinfo, who’s featured here before with his wonderful muscle cars, has built this glorious Alan Mann Racing Ford Mustang. It’s been made to fit alongside another previous Lego Car Blog entry; MortalSwordsman’s Alan Mann Fiat Transporter. Presumably there’s another two cars to come…
Following Malte Dorowski’s amazing Porsche 917 from an earlier blog (see below), DeTomaso Pantera has built this huge Mercedes-Benz Renntransporter in which to house it. And when we say huge, we mean 105 studs long huge. Malte would need to build another three 917s to fill it. Check it out on MOCpages or Flickr.
The Lego Car Blog Elves continue their search, and this is their latest find. Malte Dorowski‘s Porsche 917 blends some mind-bending techniques to create truly awesome shapes. We can only assume that he’s a wizard of some kind.