LEGO McLaren 720s Build Day

DATE: JUNE 2, 2018


The amazing full-scale model of the McLaren 720S supercar - made almost entirely of LEGO® bricks - was introduced to the North American market. Visitors to this interactive event were invited to place orange LEGO® bricks on designated parts of the McLaren, helping to reach its completion. The build day also featured presentations and discussions with LEGO® Master Builder Chris Steininger and McLaren Head of Design Operations Mark Roberts.

In addition to the June 2nd build day experience, the LEGO® McLaren 720S was on display through August 19th on the second floor of the museum. LEGO® and McLaren fans could customize their own mini LEGO® Speed Champions McLaren on an interactive iPad app next to the car. The customization app offered fans the choice to add racing stripes, flames, checkered flags, license plates, backgrounds and add their name with an option to print a custom sticker of the car they have designed. The Discovery Center located near the full-scale car hosted daily access to race ramps and build tables for museum attendees who want to build their own LEGO® Speed Champions race cars. LEGO® Speed Champions toy sets were available for purchase in the Petersen Store.

LEGO® McLaren 720S fun facts:

  • 287,262 LEGO® bricks were used to build the car.

  • Built on a solid steel frame holding the wheels in place.

  • Equipped with Pirelli P Zero Color Edition tires.

  • A LEGO® certified team of 10 worked 20,000+ hours to complete in 9 weeks, leading up to it’s UK debut at Goodwood Festival of Speed in June 2017.

  • Build team ratio: 60% female/40% male.

  • Number of people that worked on the build at one time: 6.

  • The debut of this model coincided with the launch of the LEGO® Speed Champions McLaren 720S set, which launched on June 1, 2017.

  • Vehicle weight: 3,500 pounds (weighs more than an actual McLaren 720S!)

  • Approximatley 12,000 removable orange LEGO® bricks are attached to the interactive panels.

  • The physical car debuted at the International Geneva Motor Show in March 2017.

  • The McLaren 720S exists within the McLaren Super Series product portfolio and was the first time McLaren directly replaced a model (the McLaren 650S Coupe).