A new LEGO Technic Formula 1 car is rumoured to be on the way in 2022 – but will it be licensed, and if so, which racing team will it be based on?
Those are the immediate questions that jump out from recent rumours from Promobricks, which reports that set number 41241 will be a Formula 1 car containing 1,431 pieces, and retailing for €179.99. The details of the set are still unknown, including whether it will be tied to any particular brand.
Some kind of licence seems very likely, though, given the LEGO Group already has existing partnerships with the likes of Ferrari and Mercedes – two of the most popular F1 teams around at the moment – through its Speed Champions theme, and indeed through current Technic sets including 42125 Ferrari 488 GTE AF Corse #51 and 42129 4×4 Mercedes-Benz Zetros Trial Truck.
Despite this, the last Technic Formula 1 car to be large-scale was the generic 42000 Grand Prix Racer, which was not affiliated with any real-world racing brands. Likewise 2000’s 8458 Silver Champion, although the early ‘00s also brought us two predominantly-Technic licensed Formula 1 cars under the Racers theme in 8461 Williams F1 Team Racer and 8386 Ferrari F1 Racer 1:10.
This rumoured set could really go either way, then – if it’s legitimate at all. Until the LEGO Group confirms otherwise, it’s best to take any information about a new LEGO Technic Formula 1 automobile lightly. Promobricks states that 42141 will be released on March 1, 2022. It is possible that we may need to wait to find out for sure.
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— 42125 Set details —
Price: £159.99 / $179.99 / €179.99 Pieces: 1,432 Minifigures: 0
LEGO: March 1, 2022
The instruction booklet contains a few pages of images and quotes from Andreas Seidl (Team Principal at McLaren F1), Lars Krogh Jensen (the LEGO designer who was responsible for recreating this car in LEGO Technic). It’s time to get on with the building.
Modern cars are bloated. Anyone who has driven one knows this. Large cars have grown to be small, while large cars have become huge. F1 cars, on the other hand, are only made up of what is absolutely essential and nothing else. This is motoring at its finest. We start with the front suspension and then proceed to the V6 engine to build the chassis.
After adding the rear suspension and putting the pieces together, you can relax and admire the work you have done. If you are anything like us, we suggest stopping at the assembly line and putting it on display. This is not a toy, it is hardly a model. This is engineering in plastic. These double-wishbones don’t look like a real-life setup; they are actually how they work.
The springs are horizontal, inboard and horizontal. They have already been subject to a lot of compression. This means that the suspension can be pushed down but barely moves more than a few millimetres. Although the engine is likely to have fewer components than the V6, you can still see the pistons pumping as the car moves.
Another thing that causes us to have nightmares is our steering wheel. The steering uses a 12-toothed wheel and a 7M rack. If you don’t make sure that the rack is properly centred as you build the front end, you will find that it doesn’t level when the front wheels face forward.
We briefly considered a major deconstruction/reconstruction effort, but decided in the end to just pretend that it hadn’t happened. Learn from our mistakes.
It’s a beautiful, minimalist piece of art. It’s a challenging build, but it’s not difficult. You’ll find yourself often admiring, or just scratching your heads at, the way it all comes together. You’ll be left wondering where the 1,400+ pieces went. Huge sections of the bodywork shrink as they attach to it.
This is not a project to be done in a hurry. This is a build to be enjoyed.
— Characters, Price —
This set does not include minifigures. Don’t be discouraged by the F1 car.
Technic sets, and LEGO sets generally, are becoming more and more popular. We find ourselves a bit irritated by their high price. However, 42141 McLaren Formula 1 Race car, which costs PS159.99 seems like a great deal. This could have easily been a PS180 set, and there would have been no complaints.
The LEGO Technic open-wheel racing vehicle is a rarity, unlike bulldozers and cranes. In the past 28 years there have been only seven of these cars, and nine years have passed since the last one – the 42000 Grand Prix Racer. It’s almost as if the Technic team has been creating them for years by looking at 42141 McLaren Formula 1 Race Car.
This doesn’t mean it’s perfect. Critics will point out the differences in livery, angles where curves should be, and the absence of a functioning gearbox. It doesn’t matter what we think, even though it is accepted. Jensen’s model is of a cutting-edge racing vehicle, stripped down to its essence. You won’t have to press down on the wings to see how the suspension works once you’ve built it. The underbody diffusers won’t be a problem.
It is enough to appreciate it as it is, a recreation of an amazing technical achievement and an object not inconsiderable in beauty. Sure, you’ll be able to build more complicated Technic sets. You won’t find any that you love more than these.
How long is it to build a LEGO Technic 42141 McLaren Formula 1 Race Car.
It takes approximately seven to nine hours to build 42141 McLaren Formula 1 Race Car.
How many LEGO Technic 42141 McLaren Formula 1 Race Car pieces?
What size is LEGO Technic 42141 McLaren Formula 1 Race Car,
42141 McLaren Formula 1 Race Car This set is large and will require a lot of space. It measures 65cm in length, 27cm wide, and 12cm tall.
What is the cost of a LEGO Technic 42141 McLaren Formula 1 Race Car?
42141 McLaren Formula 1 Race Caris available for purchase starting March 1, 2022 at PS159.99 in UK, $179.99 US, and EUR179.99 Euro.