Compare LEGO Speed Champions 2023 real car sets
The next wave of LEGO Speed Champions sets includes Ferrari, McLaren, Pagani and Porsche – but how well do the cars stack up next to their real-life counterparts?
On March 1, four more LEGO Speed Champions sets will hit the shelves, bringing with them five different cars: Porsche 963, Ferrari 812 Competizione, Pagani Utopia, McLaren Solus GT and McLaren F1 LM. They’re another diverse mix of body shapes, classic and modern cars and color schemes – but are they accurate and authentic recreations of their source material?
That’s a question that will ultimately have to be answered with reviews (keep an eye out for ours in the coming weeks), but even with official images alone, we can get a general idea of how they turned real cars into LEGO bricks. But first, a little warning: we treat these sets as artistic interpretations rather than as diecast models in any LEGO fashion.
Ferrari 812 Competition
Ferrari presents the 812 Competizione in metallic yellow paint on its official website, but LEGO Speed Champions 76914 Ferrari 812 Competizione has opted for a more traditional “rossa corsa” (or racing red) shade. You can see images of the car in those colors here , but even comparing it to the yellow version, it’s easy to see where the strengths and weaknesses of the LEGO set lie.
Introduced in 2022, the printed headlamps do wonders for the car, for example, the use of body side slopes and corner plates give it depth and texture, opening up with the transition from six-pillar to eight-pillar cars. 2020. The construction around the taillights and rear bumper is also in focus, with the inventive use of inverted pillars.
The lip under the front grill might be a bit too big, but it’s as thin as LEGO plates, so it’s hard to find a better solution. Overall, the 812 Competizione looks like a worthy successor to the 76985 Ferrari F8 Tributo from the 512 and the 76906 Ferrari 1970 M, another pair of excellent LEGO Speed Champions Ferraris.
Developed by the LEGO Speed Champions team, the unnamed car is so new that the Pagani Utopia is a curvaceous, futuristic beauty of a mid-engined sports car. It’s also the LEGO group’s first attempt at recreating the Italian manufacturer’s cars through an eight-pole lens, and overall, it looks remarkable.
The color choices are again a little controversial: the actual car, limited to 99 copies, was presented by Pagani in a lighter gray close to silver. But a painted drum Speed Champions car is probably not in our future and we already have two light gray sets on the shelves in DB5 76911 007 Aston Mart and 76917 2 Fast 2 Furious Nissan Skyline GT-R (R34), so it is dark. gray is an acceptable alternative.
More importantly: how well does the 76915 Pagani Utopia take those complex curves? Pretty good, thanks in part to the new 2023×1 slope parts for the 5 behind the windshield. The use of miniature ice skates on either side of the front grille is also inspired, although the less said about the printed headlights here, the better: the black design of their cart doesn’t quite match the actual Speed Champions aesthetic.
The design of the Porsche 963 evokes memories of classic racing cars, but it is actually a completely new car that will make its public track debut at the 24th 2023 Le Mans. Its name is inspired by Porsche’s 956 and 962. they both raced in the 80s, its engine based on the legendary 918 Spyder.
You won’t find a tiny replica engine in the 76916 Porsche 963: instead, the LEGO Speed Champions set boasts dramatic differences in verticality seen on the real car, as well as its red color scheme, black-and-white colors. The overall shape works to some extent, and the rear spoiler and spoiler are particularly impressive, while the colors are almost perfect.
Where it falls down a bit is the dramatic height changes along the wheel arches: thanks to the limitations of the LEGO parts palette and the angles of its available ramps, these differences aren’t as exaggerated as on the real car. But when it comes to what’s possible at this scale, it’s hard to criticize the 76916 Porsche 963 too much.
McLaren Solus GT
The McLaren Solus GT is unique among the 2023 Speed Champions Line-up as it is based on a car originally designed for a video game. The Solus was among the futuristic cars developed for the Vision Gran Turismo program, but has since been realized by McLaren as a track-only hypercar. What made LEGO Speed Champions head of design Chris Stamp say we were “the most unique building experience” in 2023 – but that seems to have disappeared?
As it turns out, that’s a pretty reasonable idea for the real thing, especially given Solus’ dramatic curves and body shape. While the curved slopes at the leading edge of the front wheel arches are probably the best compromise in the current part palette, there should be room again for the depths and thicknesses of the LEGO elements, recreating the subtle step changes through the body.
Found in the 76918 McLaren Solus GT and McLaren F1 LM, the LEGO Speed Champions set may be the most difficult of the five cars here to transform, but the new windshield piece goes a long way to achieving its diminutive form. like those new 1×5 slopes behind the cockpit. While effective, these pieces certainly begin to blur the line between brick-and-mortar tools and custom solutions…
The McLaren F1 LM, the most retro car in the 2023 LEGO Speed Champions series, was built to honor the five F1 GTRs that completed the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1995 – one of which took pole position. Only five were built, so your chances of driving one are slim to none. But hey – building a model that goes into the 76918 McLaren Solus GT and McLaren F1 LM is probably the next best thing…
While the Solus is a tough prospect to bring to the LEGO Speed Champions series, the McLaren F1 LM seems like the more obvious choice: its relatively boxy rear translates nicely to LEGO bricks, while its most recognizable paint job is bright orange. a bold addition to the lineup. The most complex areas are the curved cockpit and side skirts, but the LEGO design team managed both with varying degrees of success.
The 1×5 slopes come back into play behind the windshield and blend perfectly with the fairing to recreate the distinctive LM cockpit. Combined slopes, clips and paddle elements for the side skirts are also acceptable, although there is inevitably too much depth in the negative space – again, a limitation of the LEGO part library, at least within this particular part solution.
We’ll be able to dig deeper into each of these five new cars once we get our hands on them for our reviews, which will be released next month. For now, check out the table below for a complete rundown of every LEGO Speed Champions set confirmed for 2023.
So far, every LEGO Speed Champions set has been confirmed for 2023
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