Nearly three weeks, 40,000 bricks, and a whole lot of patience later the LEGO version of the Ford GT race car, which will be raced at the Le Mans 24 Hours, was ready for display at Le Mans. A third the size of the real thing, the LEGO version will go on display at Circuit de la Sarthe, in France, on 18-19 June, alongside a model of the classic Ford GT40 – a reminder that it is 50 years since that car scored a historic 1-2-3 at the legendary race track.
LEGO Ford GT builder Pascal Lenhard
The LEGO Ford GT race car uses the #66 race number and details include the same green wing mirrors and screen top visor as the full-sized car. Here is the behind the scenes video of the LEGO Ford GT:
In 2016, Ford Chip Ganassi Racing is running two Ford GTs in the FIA World Endurance Championship and two more in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. For Le Mans, all four cars will come together to compete, in front of an expected 200,000 spectators. The two WEC Ford GTs will retain their #66 and #67 race numbers, while the IMSA cars become #68 and #69, celebrating Ford victories in 1966, 1967, 1968 and 1969.
The Le Mans 24 Hours race is the world’s oldest active sports car race in endurance racing, held annually since 1923. Since 2012, the Le Mans 24 Hours has been a part of the FIA World Endurance Championship and this year it will be the third race of the series.