3, 2, 1, GO!
The LEGO® Technic™ Ferrari 488 GTE “AF Corse #51” is the first LEGO model to speed over 200 km/h on a real car circuit.
Billund, 1st of July 2021: Today, the LEGO Group celebrates a very special milestone: a LEGO® Technic™ Ferrari 488 GTE “AF Corse #51” had the honour of speeding through the legendary Modena circuit in Italy. This memorable event was possible thanks to a team of about 20 people, who installed the brick version of the racing car on a real Ferrari 488 GTE, driven for the occasion by Giancarlo Fisichella, Ferrari Competizioni GT Official Driver.
The LEGO model was installed on the front of the racing car thanks to a mechanical arm specifically designed for this occasion. 8 cameras and 2 drones were involved in documenting the very first time a LEGO set was launched at full speed onto a real racetrack, from every point of view. Now, the images and the sounds captured by the cameras will be edited to create an adrenalinic video, thanks to which all the LEGO fans and motor enthusiasts will be able to experience the speed, the engine roar and the vibrations of the race as if they were part of the race themselves.
The LEGO Group launched the LEGO Technic Ferrari 488 GTE at the end of 2020. Designed for LEGO fans and those who love motor racing experiences, this 48 cm long racing model is crafted from 1,677 LEGO Technic elements, making it a rewarding immersive building experience for older builders aged 18+ who love endurance racing, motorsport and Ferrari cars.
After enjoying the race, Camillo Mazzola, Marketing Director at the LEGO Group Italy, commented: “The LEGO Technic Ferrari 488 GTE is packed with authentic features and beautiful design elements from the original racing car model. It is so similar to the real one, and all that it needed to really come alive was to be able to speed through a real racing car circuit and today it has happened! As a true LEGO fan and motor racing lover, I couldn’t miss this special event and it was really exciting to take part in this great project with our partner Ferrari.“
During this incredible race, the LEGO Technic Ferrari 488 GTE reached the speed of a real racing car at 208 km/h.
This day was also very special for Matteo Fossati, LEGO fan and lucky winner of the "Vinci un Giorno in Pista con LEGO Technic contest", that involved all the Italian brick-lovers who have bought a LEGO Technic Ferrari 488 GTE set and registered on a dedicated website from May 13th to May 30th. Matteo Fossati also had the chance to jump into a Ferrari 488 challenge for a lap around the track with the two-time world champion Matteo Bobbi, and enjoy an incredible race.