Overnight AEST, Ford and LEGO® Speed Champions announced the release of the Ford GT Race Cars that won the 1966 and 2016 (GTE-Pro Class) Le Mans 24 Hour Race. The project had been hinted at earlier in the year when this video appeared around the inter webs, before the famed endurance race had started. Featuring #66, it was in fact #68 that ultimately took the donors in the GTE-Pro class this year.
This new set features the #2 GT40 Mark II driven by theNew Zealand Drivers Bruce McLaren and Chris Amon in 1966 and #68 Ford GT of Sébastien Bourdais (FRA), Joey Hand (US) and Dirk Müller (GER) from 2016.
Looking at both vehicles, they appear to be afflicted with the Speed Champions love of stickers, but unlike the current Ford GT Model, these appear to mainly involve the corporate livery and GT stripes, rather than key mechanical details of the vehicles such as the engine intakes and lights. I commend the design team for this.
The design of the front of the GT40 also features some interesting work to achieve the correct angle (and unfortunately a couple of teeny tiny stickers. There are some fantastic examples of finger blistering details in the construction.
I might even buy this set just for the vehicles…
See an interview with the Design Lead, and rapid assembly of the set in the video below :
Craig Callum: Speed Champions Design Lead Interview
The set will be available to order on 1st March 2017 from shop.lego.com. The set will be priced at £29.99 and €34.99 at that time. Australian, US and rest of the world pricing is yet to be announced.
What do you think of this commemorative car set? Does it already have you regretting your purchases over Black Friday?
The Full Press release can be seen after the break…
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