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  1. Yes, they’re eight-wides :) Eight wide in that these have big super-wide box-flare effect, blown out but still keeping in scale with their original six-wide Speed Champions references (and their four-wide cockpits.) These are almost-entirely MOCs, however in the spirit of Time Attack super-mods I made a point to utilize one carry-over detail to tie them back to their source models. They are not alt-builds though, many parts are not found in their original sets... They all fit a minifig and carry as much greebly mechanical detail as possible under their bodywork. Ferrari F40 FFS The beautiful F40, here sliced and diced into Time Attack form with many Ferrari F1 references... Widened track and fenders float over a pared-down chassis featuring an extensive F1-derived front wing. A tall roof intake forces big cooling for the intercoolers, most of the rear bodywork is cleared away to flow to a huge rear wing hovering over an equally big diffuser. Side-panel SNOT build held over from the 75890 set. Dodge Challenger Demon SRT ATTAK If big is good, then bigger is better. The Demon’s massive Hemi v8 reworked and twin-turbocharged for time-attack abuse. The ATTAK may look like a gigantic brick, but the bodywork is hollowed out and the stripped-down chassis extended to make way for huge front and rear downforce. Lots of little details inside; red-block hemi engine, giant intercoolers, inboard pushrod rear suspension. Half-stud-offset roof borrowed from the 75893 set. Porsche 911/08 RSR-K BRSRK! A lean and mean approach to competitive power-to-weight ratio. All the mechanical cleverness is out on display on this one. Air-cooled, naturally-aspirated flat-8 is hung in a hybrid 911/tube-frame-and-monocoque chassis with entirely new suspension. Technic-beam headlights technique carried on from the 75895 set. Mini Cooper JCW TA/HC “SuperCooper” The one that started it all… Looking at the bonkers Dakar Mini got me thinking that if the Dakar is essentially a mid-engined tube-framed buggy with a Mini-ish shell on top, then that same shell could just as well be dropped onto a road-course prototype chassis. So here we go. Turbo-inline-six aft, nose cut away to clear wings with wings surrounded by wings. No missing the rear vanes, diffuser and that giant biplane rear wing. So low, so fast… All the bodywork lifts off to display a compact, low-slung chassis. These were a blast to design, are great fun to build and display. Will definitely be doing more. Instructions for all four are available at Rebrickable:
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    LEGO Speed Champions 2020 - Rumors, Speculation, and Discussion

    Few more images of the Audi and Ferrari here:
  3. Interesting... no other deltas in the build? I wonder if that instruction booklet format will become the new SC standard. The folds have always been a little bit of a bummer.
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    Speed Champions 2019 - Rumours, Speculation and Discussion

    “A new build method...” Yea, one could hope... IMO this particular model’s build was particularly unsatisfying. The finished result looks good (with exception of that wheel/tire combo) but the build itself was joyless plate-stacking.
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    Speed Champions 2019 - Rumours, Speculation and Discussion

    Waaat? Lame. Of all the compelling classics, cool new cars, interesting historical racers doubling up on an existing build is ridiculously lame. Can’t believe they’d go as far as thinking this was a good idea let alone all the work packaging marketing etc. Doesn’t look like they fixed the stupid wheel/tire combination either. Not at all remotely compelling, even worse as a missed opportunity to do something cool. (the 930 in all metallic silver would be nice tho)
  6. Nice review, thank you. For what it's worth, the dark-green #314 car included in the set is a real thing as well... There were three Mini 'buggies' at Dakar in 2018; the red one shown above ran #305, a Red Bull-sponsored #310, and the #314 green car. Via BMW: What gets a little confusing is that the 2019 #314 Dakar car is the more-normal-MINI-looking non-buggy MINI also in dark green. Different years, different racecars, same color and number. Google searches turn up a mix of both but tend to show more recent photos... Given Lego's MINI set was released before the 2019 Dakar was run, it makes sense that it's the 2018 car which is depicted.
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    [MOC] Climatology Survey

    This whole build is amazing. Fantastic how all the great details come together.
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    Speed Champions 2019 - Rumours, Speculation and Discussion

    "Shame" "Monstrosity"... Lol, you guys are kind of bumming me out... I'm digging the Mini set, even the Dakar buggy. The real life one looks ridiculous (I had to Google it too) but here in SC scale it's quite a cool beast. It's got some interesting shapes with a good looking livery and makes for a hilarious contrast in scale to the tiny OG Mini (which I think was kind of the point, sort of an inside joke about non-mini modern MINIs). The buggy will stick out like a sore thumb towering over road racing cars like the AMG and LMPs on my shelf, but that's the fun of it. It's the clown shoe. Bring some of the Dakar T4 class semi trucks into Speed Champions line and it'll be a riot of color and scale, even if no one knows what they are. The thing that riles me a little about the Mini set is the pricepoint is kind of out of whack... There's $30 in cars and $20 of some scaffolding bits and a couple tiny toolboxes. The Ford GT + GT40 and 911RSR + 930 sets nailed the pricepoint and content balance. (And since I'm sharing opposing opinions, I bought the Porsche box mostly for the modern 911 RSR to pair with the redone 919. The 911's crisp shaping and compactness put it up amongst the best of the SC series builds, imo.) Others on my will-buy list: the F40 is a lifelong favorite. As a SC it's a bit too cute tho, begging for some mods. The Senna is interesting if only as a parts-pack, it's a hideous machine in an odd color scheme but makes for some great Lego shapes. YMMV I'm stoked the series is continuing and that the quality in design and parts across all the sets continues to improve.
  9. Thank you, all. Thanks for looking and thank you for the comments. That's just a bit of 3M gloss black vinyl... same stuff used for the big numbers and livery color blocks. Seemed the most effective way to 'hide' that segment of those parts considering their rarity and cost (an aside, I paid nearly $20 for the two on this build... funny lesson learned there was to not only check the existence of a key part when designing a model but also to also check its availability.) Going to races as a kid, I really did want to work on one of those teams! As for the details, I'd say this is a particular car I've spent a lot of time researching and understanding.
  10. TLDR: Super-detailed fully-modularized Creator-scale 16-wide MOC build of epic multiple-championship-winning early-90s IMSA GTP prototype. 1007 pieces (including 4 round-plates-with-strings, 6 pneumatic tubes, 1 hose, and 8 “non-Lego” custom parts). 1/15 scale: 17 stud wide (ish), 40 stud long, 22 stud wheelbase October 2nd, 2018 marks the 25th anniversary of the IMSA GTP championship’s last race. This is the car that won. –––––– The mid-1980's were a boom time for American sports car racing. The IMSA GTP series was thick with manufacturers and strong privateer teams running Porsche, Jaguar, BMW, Chevrolet, Buick, Ford, Mazda, Acura, Nissan, and Toyota power integrated into myriad different chassis designs. Swelling budgets and fierce competitiveness forced materials and electronics technologies to evolve at a rapid pace. Dan Gurney and his All American Racers team had been on a learning curve with sports cars which really started heating up with the beastly GTO-class Toyota Celica. Their foray into big-league prototypes came first with an adaptation of a Group C based Toyota 88C and then the team's own 962-inspired HF89. These all helped to forge reliable power from Toyota’s 2.1 liter twin-cam 4cyl and teach many valuable lessons in designing and building a robust and competitive car. The MkIII debuted in 1991, entering into arguably the most competitive of GTP's seasons. The now-mighty little Toyota engine was connected to a compact carbon-fiber space-capsule wrapped in an achingly-simple shape which hid massive aero tricks. Dominance quickly followed with 21 victories in 27 races entered over three seasons. The glory of the series wasn't to last. By 1993, a global recession and conflicting technical regulations thinned the field such that at the end of the GTP era, Dan’s team was effectively left battling itself. For what it’s worth, I don’t believe this is the “car that killed GTP”… Successful racing series don’t die because a team or a car dominate, that’s what heads-up rulemakers govern and what motivated competitors rise to challenge. These guys were just the last ones standing as top-tier sports-car racing collapsed worldwide. ______ The exterior build posed a few challenges, mostly in capturing the layered smoothness of the nose and weaving slopes together to form the severe cutaway area aft of the front wheels. One of the things which has made me reluctant to work at this scale in Lego is the lack of an elegant solution for the heavily-curving windscreens and rear cowls found on prototypes. I wanted to capture the smooth simplicity of the MkIII’s shape without doing complex arrays of slope parts for the glass and engine cover so these surfaces are done as single-piece sheet elements designed to lock into the Lego framework (much like the recent minifig camping tent or Forma fish... anyone remember the City windsurfer?). These few non-TLG exterior parts plus the handmade BBS wheel centers are why strict Lego-only purists should probably think of this a “hybrid scale model”… Pull off the bodywork, though, and it’s 100% TLG. The MkIII's chassis has layers of very clever engineering done with a beautiful aesthetic of carbon fiber, kevlar, bare exotic metals, spindly gray-painted suspension arms, and amazing red-anodized fixing points throughout. It’s very purposeful but also very cohesive and elegant. This translates into an opportunity for some excellent Lego part and color usage. My primary goal for this model was to render a study of the engineering under the skin and to capture the modularity of prototypes as much as possible. There’s the core monocoque tub and a separate drivetrain, with further modules for the ducted side pods, doors, front splitter, bodywork, wing, etc. Hung off the chassis at all four corners is a suspension of bars and clips locating #90202 Technic wheel hubs. The driveline build captures the MkIII’s key features: the semi-structural and heavily-turbocharged Toyota 503E engine, the big red anodized mounting plates, the tall trapezoidal magnesium bellhousing which serves as the oil tank and rear suspension rocker-arm mounting structure, and the long load-bearing plates for the rear wing. This rear half of the model is mounted to the tub as in the full-scale car: plates at the top and base of the engine plus struts locating the central suspension structure. Despite all this modularity, the model builds up to be very solid. The cockpit is complete too; the seat, steering wheel, digital dash, switch panel, giant boost knob and handy “hardwood” shift-knob are all tucked in there. Other details inside include the bulkhead-mounted electronic engine-management modules and the front suspension's lower trailing-arm mounting. More photos up at Flickr: As always, thanks for looking and thanks for the inspiration, Prototyp ______ References and inspiration Malte Dorowski : for just how detailed and accurate this scale can be. Sir.Manperson : detailed Creator-scale car builds, and particularly his bars n clips suspension. Senator Chinchilla : engine builds, in particular his technique of wrapping hoses as turbos. Want to read more about the MkIII? Here are interviews with the MkIII’s design team by Mulsanne Mike (with some photos from my visit to AAR): Essential reading "Prototypes" J.A. Martin & Ken Wells "GTP Race Cars" J.A. Martin & Michael Fuller
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    [MOC] VW Repair Shop

    So good man. The car builds are very cool, but really it's the vignettes and the storyline I like most.
  12. These are fantastic. The GT40 and Z are particularly keen tho it's clear that other builds like the Camaro really benefit from the lower, further-back re-working.
  13. Yes please... it's fun to see these built up (they're not available West Coast US yet afaik) and I'm particularly curious to see the WRC without the sponsor stickers.
  14. Thanks for posting those up. Great to see some actual-build shots. Have to say I'm impressed with the mix of new parts and more accurate/more-interesting/simply-better-looking designs. The 911 RSR alone has swayed me to a "definite buy" on that set (and a spare 919 to build with its stickers on).
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    1980's ish Ferrari F1 car

    Simple but unmistakable. Solid work.