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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.

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Rafa Nadal pulls out of French Open



The Spaniard has failed to regain full fitness from a hip injury sustained earlier this year

Rafa Nadal has delivered news that no tennis fan wanted to hear.

The King of Clay will miss the French Open after failing to regain full fitness from a hip injury suffered at the Australian Open back in January.

The 14-time Roland Garros winner says he expects to retire following the 2024 season.

Nadal has dominated the clay court season for close to two decades.

The 22-time Grand Slam champion fronted a widely anticipated press conference at his tennis academy in Mallorca to drop the bombshell, saying its the right thing to do for his body and personal happiness.

“I’ll look to be 100% ready for next year, which I believe will be the last year of my professional career,” Nadal told a news conference at his tennis academy in Mallorca, Spain.

“The evolution of the injury I sustained in Australia has not gone as I would have liked. I have lost goals along the way, and Roland Garros becomes impossible.”

“I’ll not establish a date for my return. I’ll see how my body responds and take it from there,” said the 36-year-old. “If I keep playing at this moment, I don’t think I can be there next year.

“I don’t know if I’ll be able to come back in the highest level and compete for Grand Slams. What I will try to do is to give myself the opportunity to go back to what could be my final year competing at the highest level.”

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China expresses concerns about ‘politicisation of sports’



The East Asian nation raised the issue when Premier Li met with the head of the IOC, Thomas Bach

China has expressed concerns to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) about the politicisation of sporting events.

The issue was raised when Chinese Premier Li Qiang met Thomas Bach, the head of the IOC, in Beijing over the weekend.

“China’s efforts to promote the Olympic spirit will never cease, and [China is] ready to work with IOC to oppose the politicisation of sports, and make further contributions to the Olympic movement,” Li said.

It is rare for China to raise such concerns with the IOC in public, and it was the first time it had made such comments since the Winter Olympics in Beijing early last year.

The United States and several of its allies took part in a diplomatic boycott of the Games, citing alleged human rights abuse in China’s far west region of Xinjiang.

Beijing has repeatedly denied the accusation and said it opposes any attempts to politicise sporting events.

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Tasmanian AFL team becomes reality



Tasmania will have a team in the AFL after all 18 current teams agreed to the motion

An exciting day for residents of the Australian state of Tasmania today.

Outgoing AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan confirming Tasmania has been granted the league’s 19th licence.

It follows the nation’s federal government confirming it will cover the $240 million shortfall to fund a new multi-purpose stadium at Macquarie Point.

This has long been viewed as Tasmania’s most significant hurdle for entry into the league.

All 18 clubs supported the state’s bid, before the AFL Commission agreed to a formal ratification.

McLachlan fronted a press conference at North Hobart Oval, alongside Premier Jeremy Rockliff, Acting Prime Minister Richard Marles and a whole host of players.

The CEO says the decision “will finally make [the] competitions truly national”. #trending #featured

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