Behold this most excellent Lego Technic Peugeot 9X8
Treat the endurance fan in your life to this superb 1:10 scale replica of Peugeot’s wingless 9X8 Hypercar
You’ll know by now that we love a Lego project at TopGear.com, and here’s another to feed your eyeballs with: behold the Lego Technic Peugeot 9X8 24H Le Mans Hybrid Hypercar. We’ll call it the Lego 9X8 for short.
So yes, the Lego 9X8 is a 1:10 scale replica of the rear-wing-forgoing hybrid hypercar that’s set to make its Le Mans debut at the 100th running of the fabled 24-hour race in June.
Revealed ahead of this weekend’s 6 Hours of Portimao in Portugal, the kit consists of 1,775 individual pieces and measures 13cm high, 22cm wide and a full half-metre in length. Definitely a trip hazard then, for any parents reading this.
The model incorporates various features from the 9X8, including its seven-speed transmission, V6 engine and hybrid powertrain, suspension, doors and unmistakable profile.
Oh, and it even gets glow in the dark elements to help it stand out at night. Perhaps not as much of a trip hazard as we thought?
“Our two brands have come together to create a product that celebrates a new era of hybrid racing and engineering,” said Lego Group designer Kasper René Hansen. “Recreating the shapes and details of such an elegant car using Lego Technic elements wasn’t an easy feat, but it’s been an honour to work so creatively with Team Peugeot TotalEnergies on this one and I’m proud that together we have been able to build the hypercar for real in Lego Technic form.”
Apparently Lego and Peugeot began working on the project five whole months before the 9X8 was revealed in full racing spec last year, and it took 12 months for the team to get the design just right.
“It was very important for both brands to create a model that is as realistic as possible,” explained Peugeot Sport technical director Olivier Jansonnie. “Peugeot, Peugeot Sport and the Lego teams had numerous meetings about the development of the suspension and hybrid systems that cannot be replicated from photos. We thank the Lego Group for this project, we are very proud and impressed by the final result that is more than we could have imagined.”
The Lego 9X8 will be available from Lego stores and online from 1 May, retailing at £169.99. Just enough time to get one home and fully built before lights out at Le Mans the following month, then…
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