McLaren unveil a full-size version of their 2022 F1 car - made out of Lego!

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8 Apr 2022, 13:09

The Lego version of McLaren's Formula 1 race car, the MCL36, and Daniel Ricciardo and Lando Norris

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As we gear up for the Australian Grand Prix this weekend, McLaren have revealed a new car. It probably won’t be winning any races though, as it is made completely from Lego.

The full-size version of McLaren’s Formula 1 race car, the MCL36, was painstakingly put together by a team led by the judge of Lego Masters Australia, Ryan McNaught, aka the legend that is Brickman. 

The incredible build is made up of a whopping 288,315 bricks, and apparently took more than 1893 hours to create. As you would expect from a team that is led by the man who presides over the astonishing creations on Lego Masters, the brick-built McLaren has a number of cool features, including moving pistons for its engine, a locking differential, and steering activated from the cockpit.

Whilst the Lego model isn’t going to secure pole position, it can at least accommodate a real-life F1 driver, as proved by eight-time Grand Prix winner Daniel Ricciardo, who sat behind the wheel, while Lando Norris looked on.

This weekend’s Australian Grand Prix will be the first to take place at Melbourne's Albert Park since 2019.

The 2020 Australian Grand Prix was cancelled due to Covid-19 shortly before the first practice session was set to take place. Meanwhile, last year’s race was initially postponed until November, but was then ditched completely.

This weekend’s race will see Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc seek to extend his lead at the top of the Drivers’ Championship standings.

You can watch all the action live on Sky Sports F1; with qualifying live at 7am on Saturday and the race itself at 6am on Sunday.