This weekend, the famous Circuit de la Sarthe in France will be the host of the 84th edition Le Mans 24-hour endurance race where Ford will bring its brand new GT. To celebrate its return to Le Mans, the Blue Oval company will also have on display at the track a Lego-made GT race car which was built over the course of three weeks by putting together no less than 40,000 bricks.
A third size of the real deal, the GT Lego recreation has the same #66 race number as the actual car and also the same green wing mirrors and screen top visor. It won’t be all alone at Le Mans as it’s going to be joined by a Lego-made classic GT40 to remind us all of Ford’s superb 1-2-3 victory half a century ago.
There are going to be four GTs racing at the 84th Le Mans, with Ford Chip Ganassi Racing running the #66 and #67 cars in the FIA World Endurance Championship as well as the #68 and #69 IMSA cars. Here are the driver lineups:
#66 -- Billy Johnson (US), Stefan Mücke (GER), Olivier Pla (FRA)
#67 -- Marino Franchitti (GB), Andy Priaulx (GB), Harry Tincknell (GB)
#68 -- Sébastien Bourdais (FRA), Joey Hand (US), Dirk Müller (GER)
#69 -- Ryan Briscoe (AUS), Scott Dixon (NZ), Richard Westbrook (GB)
We remind you the track-only GT was developed concomitantly with the road-going 2017 GT. Despite being priced in the mid-$400,000, the supercar is in very high demand as Ford has received 6,506 applications from people wanting to buy it. However, with production capped at 500 units over the next two years, Ford has a very thorough screening process and will handpick the lucky ones which will be able to drive home the 600-plus-hp, carbon fiber-bodied machine.
Gallery: Lego Ford GT
LEGO FORD GT RACE CAR GOES ON DISPLAY IN LE MANS
Taking three weeks, 40,000 bricks, and a whole lot of patience – it’s the LEGO version of the Ford GT race car that will be raced at the Le Mans 24 Hours.
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.
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.
Ford GT at Le Mans
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.
What is the Le Mans 24 Hours?
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.