One of the most iconic cars in the current Honda lineup, the Civic Type R, has been transformed into a life-size Lego model ahead of the upcoming ‘LEGO Masters’ TV show airing from 28th April.
As the main sponsor of the TV show, Honda engaged a passionate Lego team led by global expert and Lego Certified Professional Ryan McNaught to build the Lego Civic Type R, which consists of more than 320,000 Lego bricks and took over 1,300 man hours to assemble.
Mr. McNaught expressed some exciting but technical challenges in building the Type R due to the unique shape and design of the hot hatch.
“We’ve loved the challenge of this project. The car is shaped with a considerable amount of curved lines, making it a tough but interesting build. From the working lights and indicators to intricate Lego Honda logos, the detail on the model has been a fun one for us to work on”, said Mr. McNaught.
A steel frame supports the structure of Lego bricks, all glued together and is built completely by stock standard pieces. The car ‘comes to life’ with the help of an iPad which turns on the headlights, DRLs, fog lights, hazard lights, brake and reversing lights.
An actual Civic Type R and CAD drawings were used by the Lego Masters team to build their blueprint. They then built the car from the ground up, layer by layer. The most challenging elements of the build were the window wipers due to their fragility, and the back spoiler which needed structure to allow it to float.
The impressive build celebrates Honda’s support of the upcoming show Lego Masters, which will see eight pairs of Lego fanatics fight it out in a high intensity building competition. McNaught will judge the show alongside Australian radio and TV personality, Hamish Blake, as host.
The Honda Civic Type R is powered by a 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine that pumps out 228kW at 6,500rpm and 400Nm at 2,500-4,500rpm. Driving the front wheels through a six-speed manual gearbox, the Civic Type R is capable of sprinting from 0 to 100km/h in just 5.8 seconds.
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