Lego Cater­ham for the stock­ing

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CATER­HAM un­veiled a new model that fea­tures a rather dif­fer­ent build process to its usual run of 500 cars a year — the brand’s very first im­mor­tal­i­sa­tion in Lego form.

Tech­ni­cians from the leg­endary Bri­tish sports car man­u­fac­turer have downed their tools and picked up the plas­tic, team­ing up with the equally iconic toy maker to cre­ate the first scale model Lego Cater­ham.

The plas­tic bricks, re­splen­dent in Cater­ham’s typ­i­cally gar­ish yel­low, cre­ate the beau­ti­fully en­gi­neered Lego Cater­ham 620R, ca­pa­ble of reach­ing al­most 10 km/h. Orig­i­nally sub- mit­ted by fa­natic Carl Greatrix to the Lego Ideas plat­form, in which fans can sub­mit their ideas for new Lego sets, it gained the req­ui­site 10 000 votes and the Lego Ideas team se­lected the 620R to go into pro­duc­tion.

Con­sist­ing of over 770 pieces, in­clud­ing a replica 620R engine that hides a tiny elec­tric mo­tor and gear stick, the Lego Cater­ham stands 10 cm long and two cen­time­tres tall.

Other fea­tures that may cause fans to blow a gas­ket in­clude a re­mov­able nose cone and engine cover, a mov­ing steer­ing wheel, an open­ing boot and func­tion­ing axle stands from which the tiny model’s wheels can eas­ily be re­moved. Cater­ham chief com­mer­cial of­fi­cer David Ri­d­ley said in a state­ment: “Cater­ham has al­ways prided it­self on pro­duc­ing be­spoke, hand-built cars for its cus­tomers. Our army of fans who build their own Cater­ham Sevens are equally dis­cern­ing when it comes to the de­tail and crafts­man­ship which is cen­tral to Cater­ham, and we worked closely with the Lego team to en­sure the Lego model repli­cated that. The Lego 620R has var­i­ous unique fea­tures — the in­tri­cately de­signed engine was cer­tainly a sur­prise when we lifted the bon­net for the first time. It’s sat­is­fy­ing to know that fans can recre­ate and build their own 620R with Lego bricks.”

The Cater­ham Lego 620R can be or­dered from Oc­to­ber 1, priced £69, or some R1 265, be­fore postage. — WR.

PHOTO: CATER­HAM

Spot the scale model Lego Cater­ham, which puts a dif­fer­ent spin on kit cars just in time for the Christ­mas gift-buy­ing sea­son.

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