LEGO built a McLaren Senna, and it’s every bit as awesome as it sounds.
The Danish toymaker had 42 master builders—yes, that’s actually a job—work alongside McLaren’s wizards to build a 1:1 scale model of the 208-mph Senna hypercar. The job took 2700 hours, or about nine times as long as it takes to assemble a real Senna, and required almost half a million tiny bricks. The static model weighs 3348 pounds. That’s a lot of plastic.
LEGO’s been doing a lot of this lately. Last month, the company unveiled a full-size Chevrolet Silverado pickup that required more than 334,000 bricks. The truck was almost as cool as the LEGO Bugatti Chiron you could actually drive, although that model topped out at just 18 mph compared to the real Chiron’s 261. There was even a small LEGO McLaren Senna revealed earlier this year.
You can’t drive the full-size LEGO Senna, but it does feature some genuine Senna interior parts, including the seat, steering wheel, and pedal cluster. We’d love to climb in, hit the start button, and listen to the simulated vroom-vroom of the real car’s 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8. LEGO also incorporated fully functional infotainment and lighting systems.
The model sports real McLaren badges and sits on the same wheels and Pirelli tires as the real thing. Of course it also features McLaren's signature dihedral doors, which can be removed for ingress, though it's not clear if they swing open.
Master builders worked around-the-clock in shifts to build the static model. Planning and designing the project took more than 2200 hours. Impressive, given that it takes about 300 hours for McLaren to hand-build a real Senna.
LEGO built the Senna to promote its Speed Champions lineup of enthusiast kits. The five-inch-long McLaren Senna edition went on sale earlier this year for $14.99. It features just 219 parts, compared to the 467,854 bricks and specialty parts required to assemble the 1:1 model. Both models are Victory Grey with contrasting orange headlamps.
McLaren will display the LEGO McLaren Senna at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in July and at other events this year.