In recent years, LEGO has managed to catch up Apple in impotence of secrecy control, which, to be honest, is a winning strategy of marketing.
From last year's London Bus leak to this year's Goldfinger DB5 "early reveal" and last week's fresh Porsche 911 RSR leak, LEGO did not fail to give us a glimpse of what they're about to release "just a right amount of time" before the official release.
Anyway, for the upcoming 2019 Speed Champions Series—a series famous for great classic, supercar replicas—LEGO has prepared an amazing lineup!
1. Ferrari F40 Competizione
Yes, LEGO just made another F40. In 2015, LEGO released the Creator Expert 10248 Ferrari F40. It was so brilliant a set that with its functional bonnet, boot and a removable, display-grade V8 engine replica, it was regarded as one of the best LEGO cars ever produced.
The Ferrari F40 Competizione is the more powerful version of the F40 LM, only 8 of which were built.
Power: 691 hp (515 kW) at 8,100 rpm from its upgraded twin-turbocharged V8 engine
Top speed: 228 mph (367 km/h)
From the image we shall see that LEGO also offers an extra bonnet, exhaust and a few wheel alloys sets for the car to be transformed into a regular Ferrari F40. Although LEGO sacrificed F40's famous pop-up headlights due to the scale, to me this model is still nearly perfect. This set includes 198 pieces and will be released in January 2019. The price has not been confirmed.
So right now, LEGO released a smaller F40 (Competizione version) which is also wonderfully proportioned at the first sight. For those who already has the big F40 on the shelf, no worries. Because who doesn't want such a sublime car in a smaller scale as well?
Following is the designer video of the 2015 LEGO Ferrari F40.
2. Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Race Car
For the past two years, LEGO gave us the Chevrolet Corvette Z06 and the Chevrolet Camaro Drag Race, which were absolutely brilliant. To continue the love for Chevrolet, LEGO made the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Race Car.
Released last year, the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Race Car is said to be the "Performance icon that expands Camaro’s motorsports reach into premier NASCAR series" by Chevrolet. According the Chevrolet, Chevrolet engineers employed an array of tools, including computational fluid dynamics analysis and reduced-scale and full-scale wind-tunnel testing, to optimise aerodynamic performance while maintaining the ZL1’s design character.
The Camaro ZL1 brings a unique, track-focused legacy to NASCAR. The ZL1 name was originally bestowed in the 1960s on a Chevrolet-developed all-aluminum racing engine that became a dominating force in road racing. In 1969, a few enterprising dealers used Chevrolet’s special-order system to get the ZL1 engine installed in 69 regular-production Camaros. The cars became instant legends on the street and dragstrip. More than 40 years later, Chevrolet reintroduced the ZL1 as the ultimate performance Camaro, developed to offer track-capable performance straight off the showroom floor. The 2018 Camaro ZL1 is powered by a 650-horsepower supercharged engine featuring a similar 90-degree V-8 configuration as the Cup racing engines.
The new Camaro ZL1 race car builds on a winning legacy carried by the previous Chevrolet SS, which has scored 70 Cup Series wins to date and contributed to Chevrolet earning a record 39 NASCAR manufacturer titles — including 13 consecutive titles from 2003-2015.
This set also includes 198 pieces and will be released in January 2019. The price has not been confirmed.
So, do you like the LEGO version of it?
3. McLaren Senna
Here it comes! And there it goes.. When the McLaren Senna was released, like every other limited quantity hypercars, it also came with a note that all of the models were already sold out the moment we saw it. It feels like the car isn't actually there; like a breeze (or a typhoon in seconds, regarding Senna's speed), it comes and it goes. We don't get to see in life one easily, needless to say never to own one...... until now.
I admit. When the Senna was first released, I was impressed by neither its ferocious speed nor the ridiculously high price. In fact, I thought it was so ugly that it should not bear the holy name Senna. It was such a disgrace. Senna being fast is something should happen naturally. Making fast and sophisticated cars is what McLaren mainly does nowadays, right? So the speed is not a problem. And the price is not impressive either. But the look, come on. Most of its bodywork is like something from a bad 90's sci-fi film with some retro garnish. However, these were what I thought.
Upon seeing Senna's unveil, the press model, if I still recall, was a plasticky-orange surprise so ugly that I almost broke my phone. I thought it was ugly, and I kept thinking so for a long time, until I saw different colours of it. I shall say, this particular model in the weird blue shade has suddenly made this car look like what it should be. So as the LEGO model in grey. Speaking of which, look at the wings and the rear spoiler of the LEGO model. How delicate and well designed they are! By the way, when shall someone buy a Senna and give it a matte black look? It will be brilliant.
Can't get a real McLaren Senna? Get yourself this LEGO set next year! (And there shall be no need to worry about the parking space, either.)
This set contains 219 pieces and will be released in January 2019. The price has not been confirmed.
4. 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon and 1970 Dodge Charger R/T
And now we're looking at the bigger sets, the LEGO Speed Champions duels. Following the Bullitt Mustang tribute released last year, here comes a brilliant replica of another famous film car in LEGO—Vin Diesel's 1970 Dodge Charger R/T from the Fast and Furious franchise.
Well, like the Bullitt Mustang tribute, the replica of Dom's Charger doesn't look exactly the same as the original film car in small details, for this set is not under the theme of the Fast and Furious. But basically they are the same.
According to the Fast and Furious Fandom page, which should be quite accurate I suppose, the car featured a false BDS 8-71 Roots-style supercharger with chrome-plated plastic attached to the the bonnet. Butterflies traditionally do not open or react when the engine of a Dodge Charger R/T is revved. The R/T purported to have 900 horsepower and a rear wheel drive.
Compared to the Bullitt Mustang LEGO model, which is well balanced in dimensions, from the only photo we've got for the new Charger, it feels like it's a bit too long in length. Apart from this, I reckon it will be a great gift for LEGO lovers who also enjoy the Fast and Furious franchise.
Next Up: 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon
Dodge claims that the Challenger SRT Demon is the fastest production car by beating the Bugatti Chiron from 0-100 mph in a quarter mile drag race. However, we don't know if it really is the fastest car in the world right now, since the title holder changes every now and then. But we can be sure that it's quite a car.
According to a post, our beloved Richard Hammond will be driving a Challenger SRT Demon in the third series of The Grand Tour. Before we can really find out if it's worth the title, why not get one in a much smaller (and defiantly much affordable) scale instead?
This set contains 478 pieces, and is said to be released in January 2019.
5. 1967 Mini Cooper S Rally and 2018 MINI John Cooper Works Buggy
Finally, here comes our last set for the first wave of Speed Champions 2019. And who doesn't love a Mini Cooper S, especially a hotter, rally version?
The Mini Cooper S featured in this set however, is not any Cooper S, but the winner car of the Monte Carlo Rally 1967, driven by former Finnish professional rally driver Rauno Aaltonen.
Here's a footage of the Monte Carlo Rally 1967
Compared with the real car, the designer did an absolutely excellent job in making the Mini Cooper S LEGO model. Also, compared with the 10242 Mini Cooper released over 4 years ago, which is said to be the most nicely proportioned LEGO Creator Expert car ever made, even at such a small scale like the Mini Cooper S Rally here the model is still almost perfect in every way. The use of rubber bands to hold the spare tyres on the roof is clever.
Here's the designer video of the 10242 Mini Cooper for you to compare the two Minis.
Next Up: 2018 Mini John Cooper Works Buggy
Welcome to the collaboration project of Mini and X-Raid for winning the 2018 Dakar Rally—2018 Mini John Cooper Works Buggy. So did they win? No.
They lost the rally eventually... but it's still the most unique Mini Cooper ever made! Apart from the tiny Mini Cooper truck, of course.
I think the designer had tried his or her best in designing the buggy, for the car is actually based on a BMW-era Mini. It's curvier and bulk, rather than boxy and "mini". At this scale, it's fine.
The set contains 481 pieces and is set to be released in January 2019.
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