Life-size Honda Civic Type R required 320,000 Lego bricks
The Lego Type R is just like the real thing, only made from plastic.
Jake HolmesReviews Editor
While studying traditional news journalism in college, Jake realized he was smitten by all things automotive and wound up with an internship at Car and Driver. That led to a career writing news, review and feature stories about all things automotive at Automobile Magazine, most recently at Motor1. When he's not driving, fixing or talking about cars, he's most often found on a bicycle.
We at Roadshow have a big affinity for all things
, with many of us spending our formative years pushing Lego cars around before we were old enough to drive the real thing. So our collective attention is always piqued when carmakers roll out full-size Lego scale versions of their real-life cars. The latest such model comes from
Australia, which on Wednesday revealed a full-size recreation of a Honda Civic Type R.
The Lego model was built to promote Honda Australia's sponsorship of the upcoming Lego Masters TV show in that country, with the model set to be displayed across the country throughout this year. Lego Certified Professional Ryan McNaught, who led the build of the
, will be one of the TV show's judges.
A team of nine people took 1,300 hours to assemble the 320,000-brick replica Civic Type R, using genuine Honda CAD data and an actual version of the car to kick-start the design process. There's a steel support structure inside the car, but everything else is made from regular Lego pieces. An
controls all of the car's functional exterior lights. Difficult parts to render in Lego included the Type R's spindly windshield-wiper arms and tall rear wing, Honda reported, the latter needing a strong structure to support itself.