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Ford brings Lego GT to Le Mans, doesn't plan on racing that one

Much like the real racecar, if you step on an errant piece of it, it's going to hurt.

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You don't get a comeback like this every day. Ford is returning to Le Mans, with a whole new racecar, based on the GT supercar. To celebrate the occasion -- because it's an occasion worth celebrating -- Ford commissioned a 1:3-scale replica of its car, built entirely of Lego bricks.

Thankfully, gone are the days when model builders would be forced to figure this whole thing out by hand. As you can see in the video below, after deciding on the scale, the builder used computer modeling to generate a plan of attack for the scaled-down racer. The result is a bit like an old JPEG -- a little on the blocky side, but true to form nevertheless.

The builder did freehand the wheel design, however. Color me impressed -- I can barely look at the instructions that come with each Lego kit and figure out how the whole thing comes together. The interior is structural, so there's no modeled interior, but I'm willing to give him a pass on that. Legos get heavy on this scale.

One car wasn't enough, though. Ford also commissioned a scale model of its classic GT40, which beat Ferrari in a positively dominating 1-2-3 finish the last time it came to Le Mans. Will history repeat itself? We'll find out this weekend!

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