The LEGO Group has partnered with the iconic car brand Nissan to pay tribute to one of the best known Japanese supercars, the Nissan GT-R Nismo, marking the first collaborative projective between the danish toymaker and the car manufacturer.
The new LEGO model was revealed by LEGO Group CEO Niels B. Christiansen and Asako Hoshino, executive vice president at Nissan, at the automaker’s global headquarters in Yokohama this week.
The LEGO Speed Champions Nissan GT-R Nismo will be available globally in January 2020. It’s one of the first in the 2020 Speed Champions themed sets, which will be 25 per cent bigger than in previous years.
Made from 298 LEGO elements, the GT-R Nismo model captures the authentic and intricate details of the life-size race car.
LEGO’s Christiansen said: “In addition to offering a wonderful and fun building and play experience, we hope the model will also inspire children to learn more about engineering and how to create things in real life. Just as engineers across decades have improved the design and performance of this car, children build, unbuild and rebuild during play – stimulating and developing crucial skills, such as creativity, resilience, problem-solving and critical thinking. Inspiring them to become the builders of tomorrow is our mission.”
Aiming for authenticity, LEGO’s model is an exacting replica of the GT-R Nismo on a smaller scale, posing somewhat of an interesting challenge for LEGO design lead Chris Stamp.
“In LEGO Speed Champions, we always aim to include new types of racing vehicles. And when we focused on drifting and racing, the record-breaking Nissan GT-R, and especially the new GT-R Nismo, was at the top of our wish list,” he said.
“Authenticity is always our main concern, and we spent a lot of time exploring different building techniques to correctly recreate the taillights, as they are one of the most recognisable details on the car. I am really happy with the end result.”
Hiroshi Tamura, Nissan’s chief product specialist for the GT-R – known informally as “Mr. GT-R” – gave the scaled-down LEGO version his stamp of approval.
“The GT-R has been part of my life since I was 10 years old,” said Tamura. “Working with the LEGO Group was like awakening my inner 10-year-old self to rediscover what makes the GT-R so special to me. It’s amazing how much the LEGO Group’s attention to detail reminds me of our own craftsmen.”
Appearing alongside the LEGO Speed Champions Nissan GT-R Nismo at the launch event was the 2020 GT-R Nismo. Available now, the most extreme, most capable GT-R in history features carbon-fiber front and rear bumpers, roof, trunk and rear spoiler; carbon-fiber front fenders with special scalloped vents; new lightweight wheels and new tires; tuned suspension and transmission; Brembo carbon brakes; and new turbochargers.