Honda has built a full-size version of the Civic Type R out of LEGO.
With the help of a few LEGO professionals, of course.
The Civic Type R is a great car, and perhaps the finest example of a front-wheel-drive vehicle on the road today. And every great car should be immortalized in LEGO, according to the Danish toy company, so here’s a LEGO Civic Type R.
Last time we saw a LEGO car it was a McLaren Senna with working doors, real tires, and even a fake engine that turns out when you press the push-start button. This LEGO Civic has none of those things, but in some ways that makes the build even more challenging.
In order to create this LEGO Type R, Honda had to provide a real-life Type R along with a bunch of CAD drawings. Then, a team of 9 LEGO builders took those CAD drawings and made a computer-generated build guide of the LEGO Type R. Everything, from the tires on the floor to the high-flying rear wing, would be made entirely out of LEGO.
Next came the hard part. That team of 9 LEGO professionals then hand-built the Type R, layer by layer, piece by piece. It took 320,000 bricks and 1,300 hours to complete the build, which was made all the more challenging due to the Type R’s curvy bodylines.
“We’ve loved the challenge of this project,” said LEGO team leader Ryan McNaught. “The car is shaped with a considerable amount of curved lines, making it a tough but interesting build. From the working lights and indicators to intricate LEGO® Honda logos, the detail on the model has been a fun one for us to work on.”
Some of the more challenging parts were the windshield wipers, due to being thin and therefore fragile, as well as the rear spoiler due to its weight.
The project is supported by a steel frame, and each piece is held together by glue. While the build doesn’t feature working doors or real tires, it does have functional headlights and turn signals thanks to LEDs embedded behind the clear plastic bricks.
This was all done in honor of the upcoming LEGO Master show that’s about to air in Australia. We’re not sure if another LEGO car is to be built over the course of the show, but if it is, then we’ll be sure to let you know.