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REVEALED: life-size LEGO of McLaren F1 car



As the Melbourne Grand Prix kicks off for 2022, there’s one car that’s taking the spotlight.

Lego Australia has teamed up with Maclaren Racing to create a life-sized replica of the McLaren 2022 F1 car design. 

27 people carefully designed the giant build, putting in a whopping 1893 hours to construct.

Ryan McNaught put the project together and says it pushes the limits like never before.

“We never stop trying to excite and inspire our fans by pushing the limits of possibility through the technology and designs produced, both on the racetrack and with LEGO building,”

Niels Henrik Horsted, Head of Product, LEGO Technic

Fast facts

  • The large scale McLaren Formula 1™ Race Car model is a huge 9 x the size of the LEGO Technic set! 
  • LEGO plates have been used on the model to recreate the logos as seen on the real McLaren Formula 1 race car 
  • The model is made of 5 separate components: 4 x wheels, car body, suspension x 4, halo and front spoiler. 
  • Just like the real McLaren Formula 1 race car, the LEGO model has been designed to allow people to sit in it thanks to the removable halo and steering wheel 
  • 27 people were involved in the design and build of the LEGO Technic McLaren Formula 1 race car large scale model 
  • It has taken 1893 hours and a huge 288,315 LEGO brick to build the Technic McLaren Formula 1 race car model 
  • The big build measures in a total of 5.7m in length and 2.4m in width

This is also the first time LEGO has recreated an F1 at this size, with their eyes firmly set on what’s to come.

James Key, Executive Director, Technical, McLaren Racing, says the LEGO Technic model of our McLaren F1 car, is a fun and engaging product that celebrates the 2021 season livery while giving fans a hands-on interpretation of the new 2022 F1 car design. 

“This has been made possible by an agile collaboration with the LEGO Group team, who have truly embraced the spirit of our brave and bold approach to design. The model is a must have for F1 and LEGO fans.”

This comes at a time when Australia’s Daniel Riccardo returns to race on home soil on behalf of McLaren.

The perfectly engineered piece will be on full display for F1 and LEGO fans to experience, even allowing people to sit in the driver’s seat.

Holly is an anchor and reporter at Ticker. She's experienced in live reporting, and has previously covered the Covid-19 pandemic on-location. She's passionate about telling stories in business, climate and health.


Update on Brittney Griner’s Moscow appeal



A Moscow regional court has officially set an appeal date of October 25 for American basketball star Brittney Griner

Griner was sentenced to nine years in prison in Russia for smuggling drugs into the country, arrested with less than 1 gram of cannabis oil in her luggage at Moscow’s International Airport back in February.

Details about the appeal hearing have not been released,

It is expected Griner’s team will argue she did not know the cannabis oil was illegal in Russia and that she was only carrying a small amount for personal use.

There have also been rumours that the U.S. is negotiating a prisoner swap with Russia, but it is not clear if Griner is part of those negotiations.

The U.S. has not confirmed or denied the rumours.

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Vigil held for the 125 people killed in stadium disaster




Vigil held for the 125 people killed in Indonesia’s stadium disaster, as the nation mourns

Vigil held for the 125 people have been killed in a crush and riot at a soccer match in Indonesia.

Authorities believe it is one of the world’s worst stadium disasters. Now, the nation stops to mourn the lives that have been lost.

The tragedy unfolded in Malang, in the province of East Java. It followed home side Arema FC loosing 3-2 to Persebaya Surabaya.

East Java police chief Nico Afinta said frustrated Arema supporters invaded the pitch.

Officers responded by firing tear gas in an attempt to control the situation, triggering the crush and cases of suffocation.

Afinta claimed officers had been attacked and cars damaged. He said the crush happened when fans fled for an exit gate.

300 were injured, including 22-year-old Muhammad Rian Dwicahyono who said many friends had lost their lives “because of officers who dehumanized us”.

The head of one of the hospitals in the area treating patients told Metro TV that some of the victims had sustained brain injuries and that the fatalities included a five-year-old child.

On Sunday, Malang residents gathered outside the stadium to lay flowers.

As investigations continue, Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo has ordered the Football Association of Indonesia to suspend all games in the top league.

World soccer’s governing body FIFA has requested a report on the incident from Indonesia’s PSSI soccer association.

FIFA’s safety regulations say no firearms or “crowd control gas” should be carried or used by stewards or police.

East Java police did not immediately respond to a request for comment on whether they were aware of such regulations.

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Business scraps $495m deal with UEFA Champions League



Cryptocurrency exchange has cancelled a five-year sponsorship deal worth $495million with the UEFA Champions League

Major cryptocurrency exchange platform has officially scrapped its deal with the UEFA Champions League.

The in-principle deal would have seen the crypto company take over as the sponsor from Russian state-owned energy company, Gazprom.

Gazprom’s contract was cancelled in March, following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. scrapped the deal because of regulatory concerns in the U.K, France and Italy.

The crypto exchange has previously been involved in sports advertising over the past year, with sponsorship into Formula One and the naming rights deal for the Staples Centre in Los Angeles.

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