Box, box: A full-size Lego McLaren MCL36 makes a pit stop at the Australian GP

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by Joe Holding | Apr 9, 2022
Full-size Lego McLaren MCL36 Formula 1 car
PHOTO: McLaren Racing

Right, let’s get the jokes out of the way straight off the bat: ‘McLaren unveils aero upgrade for Australian Grand Prix,’ ‘MCL36 handles like a brick, claims Ricciardo.’ Any others?

Putting McLaren’s early-season woes to one side, the team has joined forces with Lego to create a life-size version of its 2022 Formula 1 car. Looks cool, doesn’t it? They’ve even gone to the trouble of making an overly complicated steering wheel.

Full-size Lego McLaren MCL36 Formula 1 car

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Full-size Lego McLaren MCL36 Formula 1 car

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Lando Norris and Danny Ricciardo certainly look pleased with it. The model—no, they haven’t fitted it with a powertrain, sadly, not even a cursory electric one—has been unveiled in the pit lane in Melbourne, where Formula 1 has returned for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic forced a last-minute cancellation of the race.

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Apparently, it took thousands of hours for the team behind it to assemble everything, which comes as little surprise given that it features more than a quarter of a million bricks. That’s many, many sharp foot hazards for a confined space.

Full-size Lego McLaren MCL36 Formula 1 car

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The to-scale replica of the F1 car follows the launch of the 2022 Lego Technic McLaren F1 set. Measuring 65cm in length, it’s a far more appealing size for future appearances under the Christmas tree. Presumably far more wallet-friendly, too.

This isn’t the first time Lego has made something full-sized out of its plastic building materials, of course. Who remembers the Lego Bugatti Chiron?

More photos of the full-size Lego McLaren F1 car:

Full-size Lego McLaren MCL36 Formula 1 car

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Full-size Lego McLaren MCL36 Formula 1 car

Full-size Lego McLaren MCL36 Formula 1 car

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NOTE: This article first appeared on TopGear.com. Minor edits have been made.

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