Lego Speed Champions
LEGO Speed Champions is a auto racing-inspired theme of Lego building kits first released in 2015. The series featured Ferrari, McLaren, and Porsche models in its initial release. The theme later added Audi, Chevrolet, Ford, Mercedes-Benz and Bugatti. It is the third most popular LEGO line, behind City and Star Wars.
The theme was initially created by Automotive Designer Craig Callum during his time at LEGO.
In 2015 the theme started with the three iconic hyper cars of the time, the Ferrari Laferrari, McLaren P1 and the Porsche 918 Spyder. It also included Formula 1 cars from McLaren and Ferrari and Porsche 911 GT3 race cars.
2016 saw the introduction of Muscle cars, with the Ford Mustang, Chevrolet Corvette and Camaro. It also included a Ford Model A Hotrod and F-150 Raptor, as well as LMP race cars from Audi and Porsche.
For 2017 Speed Champions returned to Formula 1 cars from Ferrari and the championship-winning Mercedes AMG Petronas team. The McLaren 720S was included featuring a designer with a likeness to the Designer of the real car.
In 2018 the theme returned with five new sets featuring Ferrari and Porsche Race cars, including the Nurburgring Lap Record holding car, the Porsche 919 Hybrid. The line also included more classic vehicles such as a 1967 Ford Mustang. The largest set for this year included Ferrari race-cars, and also the Ferrari 250 GTO famously owned by Nick Mason of Pink Floyd, who is often seen racing his car at Goodwood Festival of Speed.
The most popular car featured was the McLaren P1, released in 2015.
The theme aims to take standard LEGO elements and create built versions of iconic and exotic racing cars and supercars. These are built with a "6-wide" format not previously used in LEGO for cars differentiating them from other lines like LEGO CITY by adding more detail to the cars.
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