World’s cheapest McLaren Senna unveiled (in Lego)

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Words: Matthew Hansen
20 Nov 2020

If ever there was a supercar or hypercar designed for the world of Lego, it’s probably the McLaren Senna.

The famous toy maker has confirmed that a new 30cm Senna GTR will join its Technic range in the new year, boasting 830 pieces and a local sticker price of $99 a pop. For your money you get a raft of neat features, including functional ‘dihedral’ doors that open like the real thing, moving pistons in its turbocharged V8 engine, and a livery accurate to one of the firm’s real-world Senna GTRs.

Perhaps the best thing about it, though, is that the Senna’s curious assortment of vents, wings, curves, and hard lines align perfectly with the blocky look of the Lego Technic line. While some Technic models don’t really look much like their real-world counterparts (Corvette ZR-1, I’m looking at you), the Senna is a close match.

The Lego Technic range has achieved acclaim among many a petrolhead in recent times for both its mid-scale models and its top-end models. The Land Rover Defender, Bugatti Chiron, and Lamborghini Sian are three of the top-end Technic kits currently available — each costing a whopping $649 a piece.

“The team responsible for the design of the McLaren Senna GTR worked incredibly closely with their design counterparts at the Lego Group to capture the extreme looks, excitement and essence of such an incredible supercar for LEGO Technic builders,” said McLaren design boss Robert Melville.

“Just like the real thing, the Lego model is packed full of incredible details from the rear spoiler to the moving pistons in the V8 engine to the dihedral doors meaning that we’re as proud of the model as we are of the real car.”

“Recreating a car that is so extreme to the core as the McLaren Senna GTR with Lego Technic gave us an incredibly interesting challenge. This track car is not like any road car I’ve worked on before,” added LEGO Technic senior designer, Uwe Wabra.

“It’s got some unique details, like its silhouettes and the awesome rear spoiler, which differentiates the building experience from others.”

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