- Features legendary McLaren F1 LM supercar from the 1990s alongside McLaren’s latest Solus GT hypercar
- Double pack launched 60 years after racer and engineer Bruce McLaren founded McLaren
Billund, February 27th, 2023: As McLaren marks its 60th anniversary, the supercar maker has teamed up with the LEGO Group to release the first-ever double pack of LEGO Speed Champions featuring two of McLaren's most iconic supercars: the McLaren F1 LM and McLaren Solus GT.
Both LEGO creations pay homage to McLaren's technical innovation and design language with authentic details from the real-life cars, including the Papaya Orange colour of the F1 LM, its central driving seat position, and cooling ducts.
Born from a virtual gaming world concept, the Solus GT - also with its striking central single-seat cockpit design and high-downforce rear wing - is a perfect addition for any McLaren supercar enthusiast.
The 581-piece set also features two LEGO minifigure drivers in their his and hers McLaren ‘race suits’.
Sixty years ago, New Zealand-born racer, engineer and visionary Bruce McLaren set-up the racing team in England that remains one of the world’s most successful names in motorsport. McLaren is the only team to have won the ‘Triple Crown of Motorsport’ with race victories in the Monaco Grand Prix, Indianapolis 500 and Le Mans 24 Hours. In the 1960s, Bruce himself unveiled the M6GT, the first ever McLaren supercar.
The LEGO Group and McLaren first joined forces in 2015, and since then have created six LEGO Speed Champions McLaren cars and two LEGO Technic McLaren models. In celebration of McLaren’s 60th milestone and the launch of the first double-pack together, designers from both the LEGO Group and McLaren recently came together at the LEGO HQ in Billund, Denmark. You can watch the video on YouTube here.
“As 2023 marks the 60th anniversary of McLaren and our founder’s passion to create the ultimate supercars, we felt this was the perfect opportunity to come together with the LEGO Group and celebrate some of the iconic McLaren road cars whose designs were born of that vision.
“Together with LEGO Speed Champions, we have created our first ever McLaren double pack which features the iconic McLaren F1 LM and our latest track focussed hypercar, the Solus GT of which only 25 will be sold to customers and which was originally created as a video game concept car.
“Whatever age you are, you can have fun building and exploring the cars and through that I hope we can inspire future designers and engineers who will help us look to the next 60 years and beyond.” says Goran Ozbolt, Chief Designer, McLaren Automotive.
“We aim to inspire LEGO vehicle fans of all ages with new and unique building experiences, every time we expand the Speed Champions Collection. This launch is another great example of this long-standing partnership.” says Christopher Leslie Stamp, Design Manager, LEGO Group.
The new LEGO Speed Champions McLaren Solus GT and McLaren F1 LM set will be available globally from March 1, 2023.
Notes to Editors
Further product information: LEGO® Speed Champions McLaren Solus GT and McLaren F1 LM (SKU: 76918)
• Age: 9+
• Model measurements:
The McLaren F1 LM measures over 1.5 in. (4 cm) high, 5.5 in. (15 cm) long and 2.5 in. (7 cm) wide.
The McLaren Solus GT measures: 1.5 in. (4 cm) high, 6.5 in. (16 cm) long, 3 in (8cm) wide.
• Price: 39.99 GBP / 44.99 EUR / 34.99 USD
• Pieces: 581
Key functions and features include:
The LEGO Speed Champions double-pack features the iconic F1 LM model from the 1990s and the latest Solus GT.
The two models include authentic details from the real-life versions of the cars: the limited-edition F1 LM comes in its distinctive papaya orange colour with a central driving seat and cooling ducts on both sides, while the Solus GT features prominent wheel arches and a cockpit, has a central driving seat and features a rear wing.
The double-pack includes two McLaren branded driver minifigures.
Notes to editors:
A selection of high resolution images accompanying this release is available to download from the McLaren Automotive media site – cars.mclaren.press
About McLaren Automotive:
McLaren Automotive is a creator of luxury, high-performance supercars.
Every vehicle is hand-assembled at the McLaren Production Centre (MPC) in Woking, Surrey, England.
Launched in 2010, the company is now the largest part of the McLaren Group.
The company’s product portfolio of GT, supercar, Motorsport and Ultimate models are retailed through over 100 retailers in over 40 markets around the world.
McLaren is a pioneer that continuously pushes the boundaries. In 1981, it introduced lightweight and strong carbon fibre chassis into Formula 1 with the McLaren MP4/1.
Then in 1993 it designed and built the McLaren F1 road car - the company has not built a car without a carbon fibre chassis since. As part of the Ultimate Series, McLaren was the first to deliver a hybrid hypercar, the McLaren P1™. In 2016, it announced a new hybrid hyper-GT and confirmed in 2018 that the next Ultimate car would be the Speedtail.
2019 saw McLaren launch the 600LT Spider, the new GT and the track-only McLaren Senna GTR. It also unveiled the 620R and McLaren Elva before launching the 765LT the following year.
Most recently, the company unveiled its all-new high-performance hybrid supercar, the McLaren Artura.
The Artura is the first McLaren to benefit from the McLaren Carbon Lightweight Architecture (MCLA). The MCLA is designed, developed and manufactured at the McLaren Composites Technology Centre in the Sheffield region of England using world-first processes and will spearhead the brand’s electrified future.
McLaren Automotive also chooses to partner with like-minded, world-leading companies and organisations who push the boundaries in their respective fields. These include Ashurst, Bowers & Wilkins, Gulf, InfiniteWorld, Pirelli, Richard Mille, Plan International and Tumi.
About McLaren Group:
The McLaren Group is a global leader in luxury automotive and elite motorsports with a focus on its Automotive supercar and Racing businesses.
Founded in 1963 by racer, engineer and entrepreneur Bruce McLaren, the Group is formed of McLaren Automotive, which hand-builds lightweight supercars; and a majority stake in McLaren Racing which competes in the Formula 1 World Championship and INDYCAR in the US.
The Group is globally headquartered at the iconic McLaren Technology Centre in Woking, Surrey, England.
With a reputation for innovation and technological excellence, McLaren is one of the UK’s largest independent companies.
About the LEGO Group
The LEGO Group’s mission is to inspire and develop the builders of tomorrow through the power of play. The LEGO System in Play, with its foundation in LEGO bricks, allows children and fans to build and rebuild anything they can imagine.
The LEGO Group was founded in Billund, Denmark in 1932 by Ole Kirk Kristiansen, its name derived from the two Danish words LEg GOdt, which mean “Play Well”. Today, the LEGO Group remains a family-owned company headquartered in Billund. However, its products are now sold in more than 130 countries worldwide.
For more news from the LEGO Group, information about our financial performance and responsibility engagement, please visit www.LEGO.com/aboutus.