Ford’s Le Mans Victories in LEGO Bricks

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Here is a press release about 2017 Speed Champions:

  • Designed to Inspire Tomorrow’s Racing Drivers, Engineers and Designers – Ford’s Le Mans Victories in LEGO Bricks.
  • Ford race cars that won 1966 and 2016 Le Mans 24 Hours will be available as part of the exclusive LEGO Speed Champions range of models.
  • New kit brings to life iconic Ford GT40 and today’s Ford GT race car. Minifigures, chequered flag and trophy will help to bring famous victories to life again and again.
  • Designing the exclusive kit was a “dream project” for LEGO design lead Craig Callum, a former car designer who races Fords in his spare time.

COLOGNE, Germany, Nov. 29, 2016 – It is a gift 50 years in the making that could set your child on the path to becoming a racing legend. The iconic Ford GT40 and new Ford GT that won Le Mans 24 Hours in 1966 and 2016 are being brought to life in LEGO bricks.

The new LEGO Speed Champions set will include both cars as well as racing driver minifigures, a chequered flag and even a trophy to make it easy to recreate those history-making victories.

“Many people in my team grew up with the legend of Ford’s history-making 1966 victory – and experienced the excitement of building and design for the first time through LEGO bricks,” said Dave Pericak, global director, Ford Performance. “This kit is a powerful way to tell our Le Mans story, and will hopefully inspire the race drivers, engineers, and designers of the future.”

Ford won at Le Mans earlier this year after returning to the scene of what was a historic 1-2-3 clean sweep 50 years previously. The LEGO Group worked closely with Ford’s design and licensing teams on every detail of the 1966 winning car, and the new Ford GT race car.

“This was a dream project – with a lot of pressure. The Ford GT40 is one of the most iconic race cars of all time, and the new Ford GT is just incredible,” said Craig Callum, head of design, LEGO Speed Champions. “Designed for children, but with grown-ups fans in mind too, we know these models will be closely scrutinized for authenticity.”

Callum, who in his spare time races a Ford Model A hot-rod, and started out as a designer of full-sized cars, helped develop ten prototypes before the final versions of each model were selected, all created from existing LEGO bricks.

You can watch Callum assemble the new kit in record time (at least you would be able to if it had not been deleted from YouTube...)

The new 2016 Ford GT and 1966 Ford GT40 set will be available to order at LEGO.com/shop from March 1, 2017, with a recommended retail price of €34.99 (£29.99). A Ford Mustang set is on sale now, alongside a Ford F 150 Raptor with trailer and Ford Model A hot rod.

32 comments on this article

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By in United States,

I don't care about cars or this theme at all, so this is a great compliment, the 1966 Ford GT40 is BEAUTIFUL!

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By in United States,

The cars look great.

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By in United States,

Those look great - this will get a general release, right?

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By in Malaysia,

Ford did not 'win' the Le Mans 24hrs this year. They won their class (LMGTE Pro), but actually came 18th overall. From this press release, you'd think they won the overall event...!

Bad TLG! Bad!

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By in United Kingdom,

^ It was authored by Ford I believe:)

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By in Malaysia,

^ That doesn't surprise me!

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By in United States,

Shucks as much as I'd also love their competitor in '66 the Ferrari 330, I'm not wild how curvaceous cars of that era translate to small brick builds.

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By in Spain,

Winning your category is winning. A GTE can't compete with a prototype.

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By in Canada,

They look great. love the cars and this very underappreciated series. My son loves the cars and loves building and racing them. Well done Lego!!!

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By in Belgium,

Yet another "This set has not been released." page which carries the "I want this set" sid3windr seal of approval.... Bring it on, 2017 :)

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By in United Kingdom,

Finally! I've been waiting for 2017 speed champions images for ages! The new set looks great!

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By in United Kingdom,

there was a rumor that the "big technic model" would be for ford GT, trouble is its 51 years.. not 50 haha. note to self, its bs

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By in Canada,

Finally! The brick-build headlights in the Speed-Champions! Now I can start to treat them seriously.

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By in United States,

If Ford didn't win anything this year would this set exist?

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By in United Kingdom,

Looks great! Absolutey love Ford GTs

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By in Canada,

I tried building a MOC 2016 GT, it is tricky. Can't wait to see hot TLG did it.

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By in United States,

Oh yeah, gonna need to pick this up for my son... who's 2 years old... and I'll just take care of it for him until the proper time :)

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By in United States,

A total must-buy for me!

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By in South Africa,

Definitely getting it.

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By in United States,

Looks like I'll actually be able to afford to buy a GT40 after all!

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By in United States,

^Based off of the Euro and UK pricing, should be a $30 set then.

@supervir2: Last 2 years was only at TRU, though there was a 20% off sale just a few weeks after with a code. I got all 4 of the $15 sets and the Camaroes for $72.

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By in United Kingdom,

Video has now been posted on Instagram so will no doubt be back elsewhere soon.

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By in Germany,

I'm always a little concerned that the Speed Champions don't get the attention they should get in my opinion. It might be difficult to shine between all the Ninjago, City, Star Wars, Marvel, DC etc. sets. It's a great series and the cars are beautifully made. It is an absolute pleasure to put these together and they look just great on display. And while only a little more pricy than the average City race cars, these have much more bricks (and thus weight) to them, making them terrific toys.

Back to the topic: the 66 GT4 one looks amazing, can't wait to get my hands on this one. One thing though, Lego should make more classic race cars and also sell them seperately. So far, you always have to get a pair of both modern and classic car (eg. Porsche 817K, Hot Rod, Chevy). Who wouldn't like some classic Ferrari, Aston Martin etc.?

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By in New Zealand,

As a Kiwi I am super excited to see the all black GT40. Growing up we knew the legend of Bruce McLaren and Chris Amon. To be able to recreate it in all the LEGO glory will slap a huge smile on many faces across many generations. Well done and thank you LEGO! ALL BLACK EVERYTHING!

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By in United States,

This set looks fantastic. I really dig the Speed Champion line, been wanting to get the other Ford set out now, with the truck and raptor. Never see them on sale!

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By in United States,

These Speed Champions sets keep getting better and better! The Camaro from the current wave and the upcoming GT40 stand out as really great builds that don't rely on the stickers to capture the look of the cars they represent.

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By in United States,

Ohhhh, I like the preview of the 66 GT40, looks pretty close at that scale. I was only planning a couple LEGO purchases next year, but this may end up also being one!

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