Yesterday afternoon the LEGO Group hosted car professionals and media alongside some LEGO Ambassadors at the McLaren Thought Leadership Centre in Woking. The event was to reveal the life-size version of the LEGO Speed Champions McLaren Senna. This life-size car is different to those that have come before in that you can sit in the drivers seat — which is a real McLaren Senna car seat — turn on the lights, rev the engine, turn on the rear camera and more. This is an experience your inner 7-year old will relish. The car took 42 people six months to build and contains around half a million bricks, all built around a steel chassis.
On hand at the event were Esteban Palazzo, Principle Designer of the McLaren Senna, and Chris Stamp, LEGO Speed Champions Design Manager, who spoke with Wayne Bruce about the design process and how McLaren and the LEGO Group have worked together on three Speed Champions sets and two life-size vehicles. Driver and McLaren Ambassador Bruno Senna then joined the stage to talk about the car in more detail.
After the obligatory photos of the car and more we got to chat to the designers in a relaxed atmosphere before we were split into groups for a look around the McLaren Technology Centre. On the tour, led by Amanda McLaren the daughter of McLaren founder Bruce McLaren, we got to see numerous cars that have played a part in the history and success of the McLaren brand, including the LEGO version of the McLaren 720S. We saw F1 and IndyCar cars being assembled, and we were also taken into the workshop where new cars are completely hand built for the public to buy — provided you have a deep wallet. Big thanks to Amanda for sharing lots of stories and information.
It was a wonderful afternoon and we thank everyone at the LEGO Group and McLaren for inviting us.