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Nissan GT-R Nismo joins Lego Speed Champions series

By Chris Thompson, 26 Nov 2019 News

Nissan GT-R Nismo Lego Speed Champions series news

Modern day Godzilla immortalised in iconic plastic bricks

Nissan has become the first Japanese car manufacturer to officially partner with Lego to release a model, the Lego Speed Champions Nissan GT-R Nismo.

The model is directly inspired by Nissan’s 2016 GT-R Nismo drift record car, which was driven by Masato Kawabata in the world’s fastest drift. The speed? 304.96km/h.

The man behind the modern GT-R, Hiroshi Tamura, or Mr GT-R as he’s also known, said he felt like a kid again in developing the Lego model.

“The GT-R has been part of my life since I was 10 years old. 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.”

Nissan executive vice president Asako Hoshino says the link between automotive enthusiasm and Lego’s car models is clear, making this an important product for both brands.

“With this partnership, everyone can be a `takumi’ – the specialized craftsmen that build the GT-R. And, it’s the GT-R’s 50th anniversary this year, so what better way to celebrate than to share the GT-R with Nissan and Lego fans around the world!”

In the spirit of good humour, the brands release a specs sheet (below) comparing some ‘key features’ of both the real Nissan GT-R Nismo and the Lego model.

The Speed Champions GT-R will be available in Q1/Q2 2020.

Development time 10-plus years Approximately 12 months
Parts More than 90,000 298
Assembly time Approximately 8 hours for the vehicle,
plus additional hours for the takumi-built engine
Expert LEGO builder: 20 minutes
Normal LEGO builder: 1 hour
Top Speed 315+ km/h Hand-driven
Gears 6-speed dual-clutch 1 forward, 1 backward
Development time 10-plus years Approximately 12 months
Weight 1720kg 193g
Building instructions Not included Included
Fuel Premium gasoline Creativity
Range 550+ km Unlimited
Hours of fun Endless