McLaren has made a 1:1 scale model of the Senna out of LEGO. With the help of LEGO’s builders, of course.
Everybody loves LEGO, but do we have time to make a life-size scale model of all our favorite things out of LEGO? Of course not. That would be silly. It’d also require a whole bunch of epoxy, which we don’t have.
What? You thought that these giant LEGO models stay together on their own? Please.
Making this life-size Senna was no easy task. It took both McLaren and LEGO engineers thousands of hours to first design and plan this thing, and then it took even more hours to get it built. That’s a total of 4,935 hours, with 2,725 of those hours being used just for the assembly process.
It took 10 LEGO builders more time to build this LEGO Senna than it takes for real McLaren engineers to hand-build a real Senna. Which McLaren mentions taking 300 hours.
This LEGO Senna also weighs a lot more than a real-life Senna. A real Senna weighs 2,641 lbs, which LEGO Senna weighs 3748 lbs. That’s a lot, but consider that carbon fiber is a lot lighter than mere plastic, so it makes sense when you think about it.
The total number of pieces for this build almost reached half a million. There are 467,854 “individual LEGO elements”, which we think means plastic pieces that snap together, which is almost 200,000 more than the number of pieces used to create a LEGO 720S way back in 2017.
However, this Senna isn’t all Lego. There’s a real carbon fiber bucket seat from a real Senna in the front, along with a real infotainment system, steering wheel, and pedals. Pressing the push-start activates a speaker under the engine cover that plays the recorded engine sound of a real Senna, and the doors swing open thanks to some pneumatic pistons.
There’s no telling how much this model cost, but it’s probably close to the $500,000 that a real Senna goes for. You can get a much smaller LEGO Senna for a far more reasonable price as part of LEGO’s Speed Champions series.