De­signed to In­spire To­mor­row’s Rac­ing Driv­ers, En­gi­neers and De­sign­ers - Ford’s Le Mans Vic­to­ries in LEGO Bricks

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It’s 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 here.

The new 2016 Ford GT and 1966 Ford GT40 set will be avail­able to or­der at from March 1, 2017, with a rec­om­mended re­tail price of euro 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.

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