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Small Toys with a Lot of Drive: Ford and LEGO Debut Speed Champions Set

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(Posted on Dec 15, 2016 at 12:00PM )
Just in time for the holiday season, LEGO® is bringing the iconic Ford GT40 and Ford GT - the vehicle that won Le Mans 24 Hours in 1966 and 2016 - to life in miniature form, resulting in a product that is the perfect gift for any budding racecar driver. Dubbed the new LEGO Speed Champions set, the collection will include both cars and matching driver figurines, as well as a chequered flag and a trophy. For any child, it provides the opportunity to use one's imagination and recreate the two respective, historical victories that the set is modeled after.

“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,” Dave Pericak, the global director for Ford Performance, said in a released statement. “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.” Get a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of the toys in the video below:



Recreating its Le Mans win from 1966, Ford won the race earlier in 2016 - a cause for celebration and commemoration. Working hand-in-hand with LEGO Group, Ford's design and licensing teams ensured that the miniature cars spare no detail of the 1966 and 2016 winning cars. 

Craig Callum, the head of design for LEGO Speed Champions, noted that the while the car models are tiny, the challenge was large.

“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. Designed for children, but with grown-ups fans in mind too, we know these models will be closely scrutinized for authenticity.” Callum is no stranger to Ford - he races a Ford Model hot-rod in his spare time.

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