Ford this week revealed the first two models that comprise one kit in the upcoming 2017 Lego Speed Champions range. The 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans winning Ford GT and the 1966 Le Mans winning GT40 are an excellent way for the blue oval to celebrate both historic wins with 50 years spanning in between. There will be more 2017 Speed Champions offerings, though exactly what else remains the stuff of rumors for now.

So what do we know about these two confirmed two-car kit? The two Ford racecars will each include a mini figure driver as well as a trophy to help signify the victorious history of each. “Many people in my team grew up with the legend of Ford’s history-making 1966 victory – and experienced the excitement of building and design for the first time through LEGO bricks,” said Dave Pericak, global director, Ford Performance. “This kit is a powerful way to tell our Le Mans story, and will hopefully inspire the race drivers, engineers, and designers of the future.”

“This was a dream project – with a lot of pressure. The Ford GT40 is one of the most iconic race cars of all time, and the new Ford GT is just incredible,” said Craig Callum, head of design, LEGO Speed Champions. “Designed for children, but with grown-ups fans in mind too, we know these models will be closely scrutinized for authenticity.”

 

So what else is planned for the 2017 Speed Champions lineup? Lego blogs like TheBrickFan.com suggests 2017 will mark the arrival of several as-of-yet unseen marques to the Lego range. Additional kits are expected to include:

  • Mercedes-AMG GT3 (75877)
  • Bugatti Chiron (75878)
  • Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H (75879)
  • Mercedes Pit Stop (75880)
  • 2016 Ford GT & 1966 Ford GT40 (75881)
  • Ferrari FXX K & Development Center (75882)
  • Formula 1 Mercedes AMG Petronas (75883)

Just which cars are included in the Mercedes Pit Stop kit remain to be seen. Both the AMG GT3 and the Formula 1 AMG Petronas cars appear to also get kits. Given that, it could be either but we’d bet on the world champion F1 team given past pit stop kits included the Le Mans winning Porsche 919 team and the Ferrari F1 team.

The Ford press release (in full text below) also reveals that these kits will be available in Lego stores and distributors from March 1, 2017. If previous years set the example, we’d also not be surprised to see the Ford Lego kit on display at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit next January.

You can watch Lego’s Craig Callum assemble the new kit in record time here.

PRESS RELEASE: Designed to Inspire Tomorrow’s Racing Drivers, Engineers and Designers — Ford’s Le Mans Victories in Lego Bricks
[source: Ford]

  • Ford race cars that won 1966 and 2016 Le Mans 24 Hours will be available as part of the exclusive LEGO® Speed Champions range of models
  • New kit brings to life iconic Ford GT40 and today’s Ford GT race car. Minifigures, chequered flag and trophy will help to bring famous victories to life again and again
  • Designing the exclusive kit was a “dream project” for LEGO design lead Craig Callum, a former car designer who races Fords in his spare time

COLOGNE, Germany, Nov. 29, 2016 – It’s a gift 50 years in the making that could set your child on the path to becoming a racing legend. The iconic Ford GT40 and new Ford GT that won Le Mans 24 Hours in 1966 and 2016 are being brought to life in LEGO® bricks.

The new LEGO Speed Champions set will include both cars as well as racing driver minifigures, a chequered flag and even a trophy to make it easy to recreate those history-making victories.

“Many people in my team grew up with the legend of Ford’s history-making 1966 victory – and experienced the excitement of building and design for the first time through LEGO bricks,” said Dave Pericak, global director, Ford Performance. “This kit is a powerful way to tell our Le Mans story, and will hopefully inspire the race drivers, engineers, and designers of the future.”

Ford won at Le Mans earlier this year after returning to the scene of what was a historic 1-2-3 clean sweep 50 years previously. The LEGO Group worked closely with Ford’s design and licensing teams on every detail of the 1966 winning car, and the new Ford GT race car.

“This was a dream project – with a lot of pressure. The Ford GT40 is one of the most iconic race cars of all time, and the new Ford GT is just incredible,” said Craig Callum, head of design, LEGO Speed Champions. “Designed for children, but with grown-ups fans in mind too, we know these models will be closely scrutinized for authenticity.”

Callum, who in his spare time races a Ford Model A hot-rod, and started out as a designer of full-sized cars, helped develop ten prototypes before the final versions of each model were selected, all created from existing LEGO bricks.

The new 2016 Ford GT and 1966 Ford GT40 set will be available to order at LEGO.com/shop from March 1, 2017, with a recommended retail price of €34.99 (£29.99). A Ford Mustang set is on sale now, alongside a Ford F 150 Raptor with trailer and Ford Model A hot rod.

Editor’s notes

  • Le Mans 2016 race win

The #68 Ford GT of Sébastien Bourdais (FRA), Joey Hand (US) and Dirk Müller (GER) crossed the finish line as the winner in the GTE-Pro class of the 2016 Le Mans 24 Hours.

  • Le Mans 1966 podium sweep

The #2 Ford GT40 Mark II driven by Bruce McLaren (NZ) and Chris Amon (NZ) took first place at Le Mans in 1966 – leading a Ford clean sweep of the three podium positions. The 1966 race was Ford’s first ever win at Le Mans, and the first of four successive victories at the iconic endurance race.

  • The 2016 Ford GT

The ultra-high-performance Ford GT supercar is the most advanced Ford production vehicle ever, featuring the latest in lightweighting, aerodynamics and EcoBoost engine technology – an innovation showcase for the Ford brand.

  • The 1966 Ford GT40 Mark II

The Ford GT40 Mark II featured a lightweight aluminium chassis, rear-wheel drive and a 7.0-litre Ford V8 engine. The car was named the GT (Grand Touring) with the 40 representing its height at the top of the windscreen in inches.

  • LEGO® Speed Champions

LEGO Speed Champions puts children in the driver seat, as they build and race some of the most famous cars ever produced, with authentic designs and exciting accessories to inspire young imaginations.

About Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company is a global automotive and mobility company based in Dearborn, Michigan. With about 203,000 employees and 62 plants worldwide, the company’s core business includes designing, manufacturing, marketing and servicing a full line of Ford cars, trucks and SUVs, as well as Lincoln luxury vehicles. To expand its business model, Ford is aggressively pursuing emerging opportunities with investments in electrification, autonomy and mobility. Ford provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company.  For more information regarding Ford and its products and services, please visit www.corporate.ford.com.

Ford of Europe is responsible for producing, selling and servicing Ford brand vehicles in 50 individual markets and employs approximately 53,000 employees at its wholly owned facilities and approximately 68,000 people when joint ventures and unconsolidated businesses are included. In addition to Ford Motor Credit Company, Ford Europe operations include Ford Customer Service Division and 24 manufacturing facilities (16 wholly owned or consolidated joint venture facilities and 8 unconsolidated joint venture facilities). The first Ford cars were shipped to Europe in 1903 – the same year Ford Motor Company was founded. European production started in 1911.

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