Legoland has long been popular with Lego enthusiasts, and now the theme park’s California location has a new attraction that’s sure to draw Ferrari fans as well. The new Lego Ferrari Build & Race allows visitors to hone their creativity while admiring an impressive life-size Lego replica of a Ferrari F40. Visitors can even build and race their own model Ferraris using Legos from the park’s vast supply.
What is Legoland?
Legoland is a collection of theme parks dedicated to the theme of Legos. There are 10 Legoland resorts located worldwide, with three in the United States, in Florida, New York, and California. Other locations can be found in countries such as Malaysia, Dubai, Japan, Korea, and Germany.
Legoland resorts tend to be aimed at families with children. They offer a variety of rides, as well as replicas of well-known objects, constructed from Legos. Park guests also get the chance to hone their own building skills by tackling different projects using Legos supplied by the resort.
Check out the Lego Ferrari F40
The California Legoland location now has a new attraction getting a lot of attention: Lego Ferrari Build & Race. Visitors to Legoland’s Ferrari tribute can start out by admiring a life-size Lego replica of the Ferrari F40. Not only do they get to admire it, in fact, but they can even sit in it and have their photo taken to show off to all their friends. Theme Park Insider notes that the Lego Ferrari is made of a whopping 350,000 bricks.
However, the life-size Ferrari isn’t the only attraction at Lego Ferrari Build & Race. Visitors also get the chance to build their own model Ferraris using Legos provided by the park. They can even test out their cars on several different derby-style test tracks. Still, the fun doesn’t stop there. Visitors can then scan their model car digitally, select their tires and an engine using a touchscreen, and send their digital car on three timed virtual laps around a track. No matter how long their laps end up taking, they are rewarded with their own personal victory photo.
Ferrari and the F40: a closer look
Ferrari has been in the business of producing race cars for a very long time. As we’ve explained elsewhere, race car driver Enzo Ferrari started working for Alfa Romeo in the 1920s. Eventually, Ferrari left Alfa Romeo to start his own car company, which officially launched with the name Ferrari in 1947.
These days, Ferrari continues to produce some of the most coveted supercars on the market. One of these is no doubt the Ferrari F40, which inspired Legoland’s current Build & Race attraction.
MotorTrend has taken an extensive look at the F40, and it’s clear why the car remains so fascinating for so many fans. The car is remarkably lightweight for a supercar, coming in at just around 3,000 lbs. As MotorTrend explains, “An evolution of the 288 GTO’s powertrain resulted in a mid-mounted 2.9-liter twin-turbocharged V-8, capable of a heady 471 hp and 426 lb-ft of torque, managed by a five-speed manual transmission. With its downturned front nose and large fixed rear wing, the F40 was aerodynamically slippery; coupled with the tremendous output, Ferrari claimed a top speed of 201 mph, making it the fastest production car up to that point.”
What MotorTrend focuses on concerning the F40 is the ride’s “rawness.” The stripped-down vehicle has such powerful acceleration in large part because it lacks many of the features that could have made for a smoother ride. However, that’s not a problem for true fans of the car, who appreciate its “back to basics” emphasis on pure driving power.
So, if you ever have a chance to ride in an F40, you can ask yourself–how would this compare to riding in a Lego version of this car? The answer might surprise you.