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[PRESS RELEASE] 42109 - Top Gear Rally Car

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INTRODUCING THE NEW LEGO® TECHNIC TOP GEAR RALLY CAR  

First ever LEGO Technic Top Gear collaboration revealed at LA Auto Show

Los Angeles, USA: Today, the LEGO Group revealed the first ever LEGO® Technic™ Top Gear Set in partnership with BBC Studios. The new LEGO Technic App Controlled Top Gear Rally Car is an authentic looking GT Rally car for ages 9 years and above and will be available globally from 26th December 2019.

LEGO Technic designers joined forces with the BBC Top Gear team to co-design the body of the car and accompanying stickers to create an ultra-realistic and fast looking racer that fans are sure to enjoy building at home.

The model is remote controlled via the LEGO Technic CONTROL+ app and contains functions such as steering, multi-touch control and gyro control as well as different challenges and achievements to deliver a thrilling, immersive play experience. The rally car comes complete with 1 large motor, 1 XL motor and 1 Bluetooth controlled smart hub.

“It’s exciting to have collaborated with LEGO Technic on this and it’s a very natural fit for the Top Gear brand. The LEGO Technic Top Gear Rally Car is the result of several months hard work from the LEGO and BBC Studios teams and we can’t wait to see it on the shelves soon” said Jason Easy, Head of Licensing UK, BBC Studios.

Niels Henrik Horsted, Marketing Director for LEGO Technic added: “We are really excited to finally reveal the App-Controlled LEGO Technic Top Gear Rally Car. The car offers a challenging build for ages 9+ who are into authentic play and intrigued about how things work. The CONTROL+ app gives an extensive play experience with several different play modes and exciting challenges.”

LEGO Technic App Controlled Top Gear Rally Car

  • First LEGO Technic set designed in partnership with BBC studios
  • 463 LEGO elements used
  • The model comes with 1 large motor, 1 XL motor and 1 Bluetooth controlled smart hub
  • Remote controlled via the LEGO Technic CONTROL+ app
  • Price: $129.00 USD/£124,99
  • The product is available globally from 26th December 2019 

LEGO Technic CONTROL+ Functions:

  • Driving forwards and backwards, steering with CONTROL+ app
  • Multi-touch control
  • Gyro control
  • Challenges and achievements
  • Inspirational videos for play
  • The LEGO TECHNIC CONTROL+ app can be downloaded from the App Store or GooglePlay. 

About the LEGO Group

The LEGO Group’s mission is to inspire and develop the builders of tomorrow through the power of play. The LEGO System in Play, with its foundation in LEGO bricks, allows children and fans to build and rebuild anything they can imagine. The LEGO Group was founded in Billund, Denmark in 1932 by Ole Kirk Kristiansen, its name derived from the two Danish words Leg Godt, which mean “Play Well”. Today, the LEGO Group remains a family-owned company headquartered in Billund. Its products are now sold in more than 140 countries worldwide.

For more information: www.LEGO.com

About Top Gear

Top Gear is the world’s biggest and longest-running motoring entertainment shows, spanning 42 years of heritage with a huge following of an estimated 350m viewers globally, across 200+ territories, making it one of the world’s most widely watched factual TV programmes. The latest series of Top Gear featuring Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff, Paddy McGuinness and Chris Harris has been by far the best performing series of recent years, making it BBC TWO’s biggest show so far in 2019.

The Top Gear brand also has a proven-track record in consumer products, with the world’s biggest monthly motoring magazine, DVD’s, books and gaming, plus the Top Gear website that attracts 4.5 million unique users per month.  Top Gear’s Social media platforms include profiles on YouTube with 2.2 billion video views and 6.7m subscribers, 21 million global fans on Facebook, 2 million followers for Twitter and 3.5m on Instagram, its fastest growing social profile. 

About BBC Studios

BBC Studios, a global content company with British creativity at its heart, is a commercial subsidiary of the BBC Group. Formed in April 2018 by the merger of BBC Worldwide and BBC Studios, it spans content financing, development, production, sales, branded services and ancillaries. BBC Studios’ award-winning British programmes are internationally recognised across a broad range of genres and specialisms. It has offices in 22 markets globally, including seven production bases in the UK and production bases and partnerships in a further nine countries around the world. The company, which makes 2500 hours of content a year, is a champion for British creativity around the world and a committed partner for the UK’s independent sector. BBC Studios has revenue of £1.4bn, and returns around £200m to the BBC Group annually, complementing the BBC’s licence fee and enhancing programmes for UK audiences.

bbcstudios.com

twitter.com/bbcstudios

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Price: $129.99

No sign of the 2-in-1 label, so no B model.

 

Go nuts

Edited by Ecclesiastes
Nice find Ngoc! I removed your pics, because I merged it with the press release;)

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that looks like a cool little RC model, obviously very low in part count but for the size I'm sure lots of kids will love it

Edited by Seasider

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Looks like an XL and  L Motor, it is sad that they did not come with a new motor like the PF servo motor.

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New 2-piece differential angle and direct gearing. 28t gear.

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LIke the looks, will be a nice way to get into PF+, but this set has to have the highest sticker-to-parts ratio of all recent Technic sets.

And with all of the stickers, a B-model is a non-starter.

Edited by JGW3000

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Very evocative of 42077, makes me wonder what that car would have looked like in 42096's downsized wheel arches had come a year earlier. Im also totally digging the turbo under the hood.

On the other hand, €130 for 460 parts just because of C+ and perhaps the TG license is just insane, that is ~100 parts over 42065/95. If this had been the same ~80 of those two sets i might have been interested in trying out the new stuff.

 

Do we have a release date yet? Id like to get my hands on the chassis design, it would be an interesting project to build this, but powered by regular PF, and see how it performs

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5 minutes ago, rm8 said:

New 2-piece differential angle and direct gearing. 28t gear.

New différential ? More info?

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I'm not totally convinced by the hi stickers count either even if it seems needed to achieve the rally car look. I'm also surprised that we've got different wheel size and tires pattern for the front and the back.

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1 minute ago, vectormatic said:

it would be an interesting project to build this, but powered by regular PF,

Where would you put the IR receiver then

2 minutes ago, steph77 said:

New différential ? More info?

42109-back-01.jpg

Look at the bottom

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so the only new panel color parts are the white and red wheel arches ?

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7 minutes ago, Ngoc Nguyen said:

Where would you put the IR receiver then

42109-back-01.jpg

Look at the bottom

That looks like a 36 tooth gear Torsen differential with Torsen design.

Like this one.

 

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Hmm. Not quite what I was expecting. It's kind of all over the place.

And no servo motor?

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May I add music to LEGO's silent promo video?

 

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So how does this work? Can the L Motor be programed to return to center? I don't have the 42099 set.

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6 minutes ago, Meatman said:

So how does this work? Can the L Motor be programed to return to center? I don't have the 42099 set.

Yes, PU L and XL motors have absolute position sensors.

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Three thoughts:

I don't understand this set. Why Top Gear?

Make up can help but can't make miracles. Neither do stickers.

Watching the video.... they managed to make RC and Lego boring in one shot.

 

 

 

 

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42109%20diff.PNG

Here you can see the gearing.From what I see it could be a new diff, or just a recolored 28 tooth gear.

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I don't get the Top Gear affiliation. For a car show I would expect the set representing an actual car (for example a Lancia like the rumors said). But it appears to be a generic rally car, like its big brother was. What was/is the roll of Top gear franchise in this set? As far as I know, no similar car has ever appeared in any incarnation of the TV show. Could it be a feature in an upcoming season of the show? Also, again no B-model: this trend is here to stay.

I can see this set becoming popular for the kids it is aimed at, but it's not for me. I might eventually try to "detune"  the car and MOD it into a manual, standard hatchback which can fit on the car transporter.

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Here's another screen:

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Here's what I think we have:

A 28 TOOTH CLUCTH GEAR mated to

A 2 studs wide TORSEN DIFFERENTIAL which is preassembled like 42099 hubs

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About the diff: You can see a LBG axle (5L maybe) on the left side and a black axle on the right side, sticking out a little more. So this is definitely off center.

If it were like 80€, this would actually be a great starter set, but 130€? Really?

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But why did the put the rear wheels from the truck?

New(?) red gear looks interesting.

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14 minutes ago, Jundis said:

If it were like 80€, this would actually be a great starter set, but 130€? Really?

I PERFECTLY AGGERY WITH THIS

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