You can build it and drive it afterwards

The recently announced marriage between LEGO and Top Gear has given birth to its first child. No, it’s not a LEGO Stig - it’s the Top Gear GT Rally Car, and it’s not your typical LEGO set. It’s a creation of LEGO Technic, which means that you can expect it to be trickier and far more complicated than your run-of-the-mill build. The Top Gear GT Rally Car is the first of what should be a series of kits that will be co-created by LEGO and Top Gear. There’s no word on what the future products will look like, but you can expect this set to go on sale at the end of the year.

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Top Gear's Rally Car Gets The LEGO Technic Treatment
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It didn’t take long, did it? When LEGO and Top Gear announced their partnership last month, many people, myself included, believed that it would take a few months before the first product from this collabo would arrive. It would’ve still been a fast turnaround. But we didn’t know it would be this fast.

Turns out, the LEGO and Top Gear collaboration was announced well after both sides signed on the dotted line to cement the partnership. How else could they have launched the Top Gear GT Rally Car this quickly? Chances are, the development of the product was already underway when we learned that both sides would be working together, and as surprising as it is to see the quick turnaround, I am not complaining. Not one bit.

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The Top Gear GT Rally Car is the kind of LEGO Technic set that a lot of people will enjoy building, even if they’re neophytes in the LEGO-building scenery.

It still abides by the Technic credo, which means that the kit is made up of more intricate parts and complex builds that require a certain skill level of brick-building to complete quickly, let alone correctly.

That’s especially for kits that include working engines, transmissions, and differentials.

That’s the kind of build that you need to prepare for when you buy the Top Gear GT Rally Car. Fortunately, it’s not as complicated as past LEGO Technic sets that involve thousands of different pieces — or “elements,” as LEGO describes them. The Top Gear GT Rally Car is made up of only 463 LEGO elements, including a large motor, an extra-large motor, and a Bluetooth-controlled smart hub. You’re probably wondering what the latter is for, right?

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In typical LEGO Technic fashion, the {Top Gear} GT Rally Car is also a radio-controlled rally car.

Once you’ve finished building the car, you can access its operational capabilities through the LEGO Technic Control+ smartphone app. It is through this app that you can control the car through a multi-touch control. You can move it forward. You can move it backward. There’s even a gyro control capability that allows you to steer the car and turn it into a somewhat-legitimate rally car. Unfortunately, the rally course comes separately.

Functions aside, the LEGO Technic Top Gear GT Rally Car comes with all the usual vanity trims you often see in real-life rally racers.

There are no working lights to speak of, but notice the faux rally lights sitting in the front of the car.

There’s four of them and they all have “Stig” plastered all over them. The “Stig” decal is part of a big sticker package that also includes a few sponsors, racing numbers, and the unmistakable Top Gear logo on each side of the doors. Then there’s the massive rear wing. Combine that with the aforementioned rally lights, the chunky tires, the hatchback-like design, and the Group B-inspired shape and you have an impressive LEGO Technic kit that should have no problem attracting buyers the moment it goes on sale at the end of the year.

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Speaking of which, the LEGO Technic Top Gear GT Rally Car will be available on December 26, 2019. That’s the day after Christmas, which means that, for our friends in the U.K., that’s also Boxing Day. If you’re interested in buying a late Christmas present for yourself, this new product from LEGO Technic and Top Gear would be hard to dismiss.

It costs $129, which isn’t cheap. But it’s also cheaper than a lot of LEGO Technic kits that have been released in the last few years.

For comparison’s sake, the 3,599-piece LEGO Technic Bugatti Chiron costs $350 while the 1,499-piece LEGO Technic Porsche 911 RSR will set you back $149.

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Thanks to its combination of modest size, drivability, and affordability, the LEGO Technic Top Gear GT Rally Car is the perfect set to build if you’re into Top Gear, rally cars, radio-controlled cars, and cheap LEGO Technic sets. It’s a win-win-win-win scenario for everybody.

Kirby Garlitos
Automotive Aftermarket Expert - kirby@topspeed.com
Kirby’s first exposure into the world of automobiles happened when he caught Knight Rider on television as a five-year old boy. David Hasselhoff didn’t leave much of an impression on him (that happened later on in Baywatch), but KITT certainly did. To this day, Kirby remains convinced that he will one day own a car with the same ‘spirit’ as the original KITT (not the 2008 monstrosity). He doesn't know when that will be, but until then, he’s committed to expressing his love for KITT, and all cars for that matter, here at TopSpeed.  Read More
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