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