Nismo by the numbers with Lego

Riley Riley

Lego has created its own version of the the Nissan GT-R Nismo.

The model is the first-ever partnership between the Danish toy maker and a Japanese car company.

It was revealed by Lego CEO Niels B. Christiansen and Asako Hoshino, executive vice president at Nissan, at the automaker’s global headquarters in Yokohama.

The LEGO Speed Champions Nissan GT-R Nismo will be available globally from January next year.

It’s one of the first models in the 2020 Speed Champions themed sets that are 25 per cent larger than in previous years.

The GT-R Nismo model, made from 298 Lego elements, captures the authentic and intricate details of the life-size race car in a relatively small model.

This posed an interesting challenge for Lego design lead Chris Stamp.

“In Lego Speed Champions, we always aim to include new types of racing vehicles. And when we focused on drifting and racing, the record-breaking Nissan GT-R, and especially the new GT-R Nismo, was at the top of our wish list,” he said.

“Authenticity is always our main concern, and we spent a lot of time exploring different building techniques to correctly recreate the taillights, as they are one of the most recognisable details on the car. I am really happy with the end result.”

Hiroshi Tamura, Nissan’s chief product specialist for the GT-R – known informally as “Mr. GT-R” – gave the scaled-down Lego version his stamp of approval.

“The GT-R has been part of my life since I was 10 years old. Working with the Lego Group was like awakening my inner 10-year-old self to rediscover what makes the GT-R so special to me,” he said.

“It’s amazing how much the Lego Group’s attention to detail reminds me of our own craftsmen.”

Appearing alongside the Lego Speed Champions Nissan GT-R Nismo was the real deal — the 2020 GT-R Nismo.

Available now, the most extreme, most capable GT-R in history features carbon-fibre front and rear bumpers, roof, boot lid and rear spoiler.

The front fenders with special scalloped vents are also carbon-fibre.

There’s also new lightweight wheels and tyres; tuned suspension and transmission; Brembo carbon brakes; and new turbochargers.

Real Nissan GT-R Nismo vs. the Lego Nissan GT-R Nismo

Nissan GT-R Nismo LEGO® Nissan GT-R Nismo
Development time 10-plus years Approximately 12 months
Parts More than 90,000 298
Assembly time Approximately 8 hours for the vehicle, plus additional hours for the takumi-built engine *1 Expert LEGO® builder: 20 minutes
Normal LEGO® builder: 1 hour
Top speed 315+ kph *2 Hand-driven
Gears 6-speed dual-clutch 1 forward, 1 backward
Weight 1720 kg 193 g
Building instructions Not included Included
Fuel Premium gasoline Creativity
Range 550+ km *3 Unlimited
Hours of fun Endless Endless

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