McLaren get one over on Mercedes…with LEGO

Henry Valantine
McLaren drivers launch new LEGO Technic replica model. Photo by McLaren February 2022.

Daniel Ricciardo and Lando Norris inspect the new LEGO Technic replica McLaren set for launch. February 2022. Photo credit: McLaren.

After Mercedes announced a 564-piece LEGO model of their car, McLaren have got in on the act with a LEGO Technic replica of their own – almost treble the size.

Both will go on sale at the start of March, with Mercedes recently launching LEGO products of their Formula 1 model alongside their Mercedes AMG Project One Hypercar.

McLaren, on the other hand, have gone one step further, partnering with LEGO Technic to produce a 1,432-piece replica of an interpretation of the new 2022 machinery, while carrying the papaya livery of McLaren’s 2021 challenger, the MCL35M.

The LEGO Group partnered with the team to produce a model that will have a usable steering wheel in the cockpit, a model of a V6 engine with moving pistons, a differential lock and suspension – as well as four modelled Pirelli tyres.

Once complete, the model will measure at 13 centimetres high, 65cm long and 27cm in width.

McLaren technical director James Key said of the launch: “We are excited to unveil the unique LEGO Technic model of our McLaren F1 car, a fun and engaging product that celebrates our 2021 season livery while giving fans a hands-on interpretation of the new 2022 F1 car design.

“This has been made possible by an agile collaboration with the LEGO Group team, who have truly embraced the spirit of our brave and bold approach to design.

“The final product looks fantastic and we cannot wait to make this available to our fans.”

Neils Henrik Horsted, head of product at LEGO Technic, added: “The partnership between the LEGO Group and McLaren continuously develops each time we get together for the next collaboration.

“The way in which we are able to inspire our fans through the technology and designs produced pushes the limits of possibility, both on the racetrack and whilst building with LEGO bricks.

“This unique product is a true testament to the importance of the play experience for our fans.”


The team will unveil their 2022 car on Friday February 11 at 7pm GMT, in a launch that will see their Formula 1, IndyCar, Extreme E and McLaren Shadow eSports projects show their new colours in one go.

The launch will be live-streamed on the McLaren YouTube channel, and on Sky Sports F1 on TV.


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