These Lego Car Ideas Need to Become Official Sets ASAP
Each of them needs your support right nowby Tudor Rus, on
We can’t tell anymore whether the Lego car sets out there are designed for kids or grown-ups. So, let’s just stick to the “there’s a child in everyone” wisdom. We also can’t tune out of the fact that all the Lego sets released over the past years that deal with cars – Speed Champions, Creator or Technic – are absolute stunners. However – and this is a big; however, gems usually hide in places we don’t normally expect. One of them is Lego Ideas.
Run a quick search for the term “car” on the website, and you’ll get 2,609 hits. And run a search we did.
Here’s what we learned – the proposal area is brimming with Mustangs of all sorts – which is cool, except not all of them are up to the pony car’s status. Plus, we had to dig through a bucketload of crappy builds that made no sense at all and a handful of expired proposals. Obviously, they didn’t book a ticket to our fabulous list. But the heavy scouting paid off as we can now present you the most exquisite Lego Ideas proposals.
How Lego Ideas Works
Long story short, fans are encouraged to submit their ideas for new sets – they don’t always have to be cars, for that matter. If the proposal is supported by 10,000 users, Lego will consider turning it into an official product. Sadly, that doesn’t always happen – in fact, very few ideas ever become official sets. Lego also awards time extensions when proposals reach a milestone, like getting 100 or 1,000 supporters, so in some cases, three or four years could pass before a project hits the above mark.
Lego Car Ideas That Should Go Into Production
Audi e-tron Vision GT
The Audi e-tron Vision Grand Turismo is a stunning concept that deserves its own Lego interpretation. The proposal shown here would make a very cool choice for a Speed Champions set, especially since Lego has been working a lot with Audi over the past years for the Speed Champions series with a focus on motorsport. Two of these collabo’s fruits are the Audi R8 LMS Ultra and the R18 e-tron Quattro Le Mans prototype. Both sets are now retired, by the way.
The Bentley 4 ½ Liter made a name for itself after it bagged four consecutive Le Mans wins between 1927 and 1931, yet it was an idea of Sir Henry “Tim” Berkin that brought supercharging to the table. This move spawned the 4 ½ Liter Bentley “Blower” – despite W.O. Bentley’s reluctance to use forced induction on his cars.
As for the proposal here, we’re looking at a sweet combination of standard Lego pieces and Technic bits.
Thanks to these, the car has a working steering setup, positive camber on the front wheels, and a rear differential.
Also, we’re spotting a lot of resemblances between that hood and the – now-retired - Caterham Seven 620R set (which, by the way, was born out of a Lego Ideas submission).
Read our full review on the 1927-1931 Bentley Blower.
The real thing has a V-8 packing in excess of 700 horsepower, which makes it so much more than a thorn in the side for heavy-hitters such as the Dodge Challenger Hellcat and Camaro ZR1.
In addition, the amount of aggressiveness baked into its body would, at least in theory, make a Lego set based on the 2020 Shelby GT500 a mean-looking machine.
About the Lego Ideas proposal at hand, well, we can tell you this – it fits the style of the Lego Technic (42093) Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 set like a glove. Although, from what we can tell, it mixes Technic bits with Creator parts. But hey, we’ll take just about anything for the sake of Lego art.
Read our full review on the 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500
2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 & 1967 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Cobra Jet
Now, here’s another prime candidate for a Lego Speed Champions set. Again, American car duos as part of a standalone set is an avenue Lego has explored before with the Chevrolet Camaro Drag Race (75874) set - whose stars were a 2016 Camaro and a rad 1969 Camaro (that’s right, the one with interchangeable engine blocks).
The submitted set includes a 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby (hi, really nice bumping into you again!) and a 1967 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Cobra Jet. Both cars have opening doors, hoods, and trunks – plus, we just love the level of detail that’s been attained here.
Here’s one for those drunk in nostalgia: the M1 (E26) was BMW’s first-ever mid-engine car. It stemmed out of a misunderstanding with Lamborghini – the Italians were supposed to chip in during R&D but failed to do so due to financial difficulties. Luckily, BMW didn’t abandon the project and went on to independently hand-build the M1 coupé between 1978 and 1981.
The BMW M1’s plastic brick siblings don’t get a fiberglass body, but plastic will do just fine. When (and if) the set makes it as an official Lego product, we fervently hope the company will keep the original idea with the two M1 variants – the road-going model (986 pieces) and the race car (1,059 pieces). They’d both make a lovely Lego Creator set.
Read our full review on the 1978-1981 BMW M1.
Land Rover Defender
Off-road nuts, rejoice! Someone must have thought of you when submitting this Defender - which would look marvelous as a Lego Technic set. It also has a neat twist – it’s remote-controlled and packs two electric L motors (one for each axle).
Moreover, the steering gets its own servo motor, and the rear suspension setup is pendular. Now, this toy right here is something we’d take outside on a rainy day and blast through puddles of mud. Below you can watch a video of it in action.
Auto Union Type C
Hm, where do we start here?
As some of you surely know, Auto Union was formed in 1932, mostly out of carmakers that were struggling financially – Audi, DKW, Horch, and Wanderer.
With a great deal of input coming from Ferdinand Porsche (formerly a technical director at Steyer), the Type C was born under some impressive coordinates – the final version used a 6-liter, 16-cylinder engine with 520 horsepower on tap and an anecdote says the driver could generate wheelspin at 150 mph (241 km/h), such a torquey punch the race car packed.
Although there are couple for Type C scale models available for sale on the internet, the would-be Lego version wins the beauty contest by a landslide. Oh, and get this – the doubled rear wheels were in fact used for extra traction during hill climb races due to the inexistence of wider tires – after all, the year was 1936.
Enter the European socialist era with the Trabant and its duroplast body. By the way, the German word “trabant” translates into “satellite,” and that’s the single notable thing we have to say about it – elsewhere, it was a lousy car in terms of reliability and assembly quality, not to mention very, very slow.
But the Trabant became a symbol of the former East Germany and this set proposal celebrates just that – although we’re willing to bet it’s a lot sturdier and better glued together than the real car. And we also think it has lots of potential as a Lego Creator set next to the 10252 Volkswagen Beetle and the 10242 MINI Cooper.
Few things spell Italian better than the tiny Fiat 500, which is one of our favorite concepts to ever come out of Italy (besides pizza and pasta, obviously).
Together with the Trabant 601, it would serve as a nice addition to the likes of Lego Creator 10252 Volkswagen Beetle and Lego Creator 10242 MINI Cooper sets.
This Fiat 500 incorporates a handful of cool details like a spare tire, fuel filler, accurately reproduced engine and a removable roof.
Read our full review on the 1950 Fiat 500
We’ve saved this one for last for a good reason.
We’re very big fans of the Lego Creator 10248 Ferrari F40 set, and it would be a shame for it not to have an arch rival in the form of a brick-made Lamborghini Diablo, given how close these two-speed monsters were in terms of specs and performance.
Here’s what we mean, exactly: the Diablo made 485 horsepower and 428 pound-feet of twist while the Ferrari churned out 478 horsepower and 424 pound-feet of torque. They could both blast from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in under 4.5 seconds and are automotive icons – together with the Porsche 959, but that’s another story for another time.
As you can see, this Lambo Diablo is designed and built to perfection. In fact, it’s so perfect because of quirks such as working scissor-doors, pop-up headlights, rims, and the marvelously reproduced V-12 engine.
Read our full review on the 1990-2001 Lamborghini Diablo
McLaren already has a full-size Lego 720S.
Check out this full-size Lego Bugatti Chiron.