- lego rolled out a pair of speed champions sets at the los angeles auto show: a ferrari f8 tributo and an audi sport quattro.
- the sets join other previously introduced racing models in the speed champions lineup.
- they're not coming out in time to be holiday gifts, as they go on sale january 1.
the people at the lego company have proved their auto-enthusiast credibility over and over again—or at least they've shown they can read the minds of the kids and adults who love to build cars out of the famous bricks. either way, it pays off with an ever-increasing lineup of ferrari, audi, lamborghini, porsche, and other cars in much reduced sizes. down at the smaller end are the lego speed champions, "now 25 percent bigger and even more realistic" according to the company, which grows by two as an audi rally car and a ferrari in rosso corsa red bricks make their debuts at the los angeles auto show today.
the first is an audi sport quattro s1 from 1985, legend of group b rallying, in a kit that includes a minifigure wearing an audi race suit. is it michèle mouton? hannu mikkola? lego isn't saying. the car is wearing the distinctive yellow-and-white livery in which mouton dominated at the pikes peak hillclimb in '85, and 35 years on, it will look great on desks and in kids' rooms worldwide. the set includes 250 pieces and costs $19.99.
of more recent vintage is the ferrari f8 tributo, the mid-engined supercar with a 710-hp twin-turbo engine that's the most powerful v-8 in ferrari's history. lego masterfully translates the sleekness and beauty of this car in a model only one inch tall, five inches long, and three inches wide, inhabited by its own tiny driver. the set has 275 pieces and costs $19.99.
both sets will be available at the lego website or in stores on the first day of 2020. among the other cars in the speed champions lineup are a chevrolet camaro zl1, a dodge challenger srt demon, a 1974 porsche 911 turbo, a mclaren senna (which also became a full-size lego model), and a formula e panasonic jaguar racing gen 2 car.