You can sit in the Lego McLaren Senna (and start the engine)

Riley Riley

The McLaren Senna – the most recent car to be turned into a Lego model — is so real you can sit behind the wheel and start the engine.

The unique, full-scale Lego rendering was built in secret by shifts of specialist assemblers who worked around the clock.

It took almost 5000 hours to assemble and comprises almost half a million separate components.

The McLaren Senna is the first Lego McLaren to incorporate interior parts from a real car, underlining its authenticity.

Inside are the lightweight carbon-fibre seats, steering wheel and pedals from the real Senna.

Actual McLaren badges are fitted and the wheels and Pirelli tyres are exactly as specified on the actual car.

It’s something of a heavyweight too, tipping the scales at 1519kg – 500kg more than the real Senna.

Pieced together from 1000kg worth of Lego elements, you may not be able to drive off in the car, but you can climb aboard, sit behind the wheel, push the start button, and even hear a simulation of the 335km/h car roaring to life.

Fans can also operate the lights and infotainment system on the model.

The astonishing life-size re-creation of the most track-focused, road-legal McLaren to date, which sold out soon after it was announced in 2017, is the latest in the partnership between McLaren Automotive and the iconic Danish toy manufacturer.

Generally, the Lego Speed Champions range of McLaren kits is available in more manageable sizes for younger hands to put together.

But as McLaren and Lego showed with the McLaren 720S model in 2017, a 1:1 scale McLaren built entirely of Lego bricks makes for a uniquely immersive, interactive and fun experience.

The statistics behind the model are mind-boggling.

In total, 467,854 individual Lego elements were used in its construction, which is almost 200,000 more bricks than were used to construct the 720S model two years ago.

Working in shifts around the clock, teams of up to 10 model-makers needed 2725 hours to click together all the pieces, nine times longer than it takes to produce the hand-assembled Senna production car (300 hours).

Including design and development, a total of 4935 hours went into creating the model, involving no fewer than 42 men and women from the Lego build team.

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