New McLaren P1 LEGO Technic Model Comes With Functioning 7-Speed Gearbox, Costs $450

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Only good things can happen when carmakers such as McLaren team up with the LEGO Group in order to build one of those super intricate LEGO Technic models. What we have here is two companies paying tribute to one of the world’s pioneering hybrid hypercars, a member of the holy automotive trinity, the McLaren P1.
This 1:8 scale model was just unveiled as part of the LEGO Technic Ultimate Car Concept Series and consists of a staggering 3,893 elements. Each car comes with its own unique serial number, which in turn can unlock some behind-the-scenes content.

Not only does this thing come with a working 7-speed gearbox with 2 shifter drums, but also packs a functioning suspension, V8 engine, adjustable rear wing, and operational dihedral doors with an advanced mechanism.

“From the exterior with aerodynamic shapes to the interior and V8 piston engine – the real McLaren P1 is an incredible car. We wanted to capture these details in the best way possible with our LEGO Technic model and we did not want to compromise in any way,” said Kasper Rene Hansen, designer, LEGO Group.

“Therefore, we worked on multiple variations of the car to test different designs. We also faced a huge challenge with the iconic butterfly doors because they needed a new mechanism to stay open. It was a great experience to recreate the McLaren P1 and I’m hoping all supercar enthusiasts out there are ready to explore the details and intricacies of the real McLaren P1 in LEGO Technic form,” he added.

When the McLaren P1 first came out, it immediately became one of the most exciting and most technologically advanced hypercars of all time. I’m actually a bit surprised some people still call it a “supercar”. There’s nothing “super” about it. Hyper is the correct term – together with the Ferrari LaFerrari and the Porsche 918 Spyder, it stood as the pinnacle of performance for several years.

LEGO Technic McLaren P1
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The P1 was unveiled (in production form) at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, packing a 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine working alongside an in-house-developed electric motor. Together, they combined for 903 horsepower (916 ps) and 664 lb-ft (900 Nm) of torque. It could even rival a Veyron in a straight line, given its power to weight ratio. It only needed 2.8 seconds in order to hit 60 mph, while 124 mph happened in 6.8 seconds.

As for a standing quarter mile, it could demolish it in 9.8 seconds at 152 mph (245 kph). That’s beyond respectable even by 2024 standards. Let’s put it this way, the P1 is just 0.3 seconds slower than a Ferrari SF90 Stradale over a quarter mile.

Back to the LEGO Technic P1 – it'll be available to purchase starting August 1, priced at $449.99. More expensive than an Apple Watch Series 9, but totally worth it.
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Sergiu got to experience both American and European car "scenes" at an early age (his father drove a Ford Fiesta XR2 supermini in the 80s). After spending over 15 years at local and international auto publications, he's starting to appreciate comfort behind the wheel more than raw power and acceleration.
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