ONE of the most iconic cars in the current Honda lineup, the Civic Type R, has been transformed into a life-size LEGO model ahead of the much anticipated LEGO Masters TV show, set to air on Channel Nine from 28 April.
The passionate team behind the creation, led by global expert and LEGO certified professional Ryan McNaught, used more than 320,000 LEGO bricks in the build, which took a team of nine more than 1,300 hours to assemble by hand.
“We’ve loved the challenge of this project. The car is shaped with a considerable amount of curved lines, making it a tough but interesting build,” an excited McNaught said.
“From the working lights and indicators to intricate LEGO Honda logos, the detail on the model has been a fun one for us to work on.”
A steel frame supports the structure of LEGO bricks, all glued together, withe the model built completely with stock standard pieces. The car ‘comes to life’ with the help of an iPad which turns on headlights, DRLs, fog lights, hazard lights, brake and reversing lights.
An actual Civic Type R and CAD drawings were used by the LEGO Masters team to build their blueprint. They then built the car from the ground up, layer by layer, with real challenges caused by the fragile window wipers and the rear spoiler.
The impressive build celebrates Honda’s support of the upcoming LEGO Masters, which will see eight pairs of LEGO fanatics fight it out in a high intensity building competition. McNaught will act as judge, with Aussie radio and TV personality Hamish Blake hosting.
“Honda is a company that is all about creativity and innovation so it’s great to support a family show that mirrors these ideals so well,” Honda Australia director Stephen Collins said.
“Through LEGO Masters we’ll see some of the dreams of the contestants, and also fans, come to life – we’re proud to be helping drive that.”
The multi award-winning Civic Type R was the ideal choice from the Honda Australia range to build due to its challenging lines, which lend themselves to one of the most rewarding driving experiences in the hot hatch segment.
The muscular and performance-focused design of the Civic Type R produces an ideal balance of low drag coefficient and aerodynamic down force for increased road-holding and stability at higher speeds.
The LEGO Civic Type R will be making appearances across the country over the coming months.