RELEASE AT 16:00 CET ON NOVEMBER 29, 2016
Designed to Inspire Tomorrow’sRacing Drivers, Engineers and Designers – Ford’s Le Mans Victories in LEGO® Bricks
· Ford race cars that won 1966 and 2016 Le Mans24 Hours will be available as part of the exclusive LEGO® Speed Champions rangeof models
· New kit brings to life iconic Ford GT40 andtoday’s Ford GT race car. Minifigures, chequered flag and trophy will help to bringfamous victories to life again and again
· Designing the exclusive kit was a “dreamproject” for LEGO design lead Craig Callum, a former car designer who racesFords in his spare time
COLOGNE, Germany, Nov. 29,2016 –It’s a gift 50 years in the making that couldset your child on the path to becoming a racing legend. The iconic Ford GT40 andnew Ford GT that won Le Mans 24 Hours in 1966 and 2016 are being brought tolife in LEGO® bricks.
Thenew LEGO Speed Champions set will include both cars as well as racing driverminifigures, a chequered flag and even a trophy to make it easy to recreatethose history-making victories.
“Manypeople in my team grew up with the legend of Ford’s history-making 1966 victory– and experienced the excitement of building and design for the first time throughLEGO bricks,” said Dave Pericak, global director, FordPerformance. “This kit is a powerful way to tell our Le Mans story, and willhopefully inspire the race drivers, engineers, and designers of the future.”
Fordwon at Le Mans earlier this year after returning to the scene of what was ahistoric 1-2-3 clean sweep 50 years previously. The LEGO Group worked closelywith Ford’s design and licensing teams on every detail of the 1966 winning car,and the new Ford GT race car.
“Thiswas a dream project – with a lot of pressure. The Ford GT40 is one of the mosticonic race cars of all time, and the new Ford GT is just incredible,” saidCraig Callum, head of design, LEGO Speed Champions. “Designed for children, butwith grown-ups fans in mind too, we know these models will be closely scrutinizedfor authenticity.”
Callum,who in his spare time races a Ford Model A hot-rod, and started out as adesigner of full-sized cars, helped develop ten prototypes before the finalversions of each model were selected, all created from existing LEGO bricks.
Thenew 2016 Ford GT and 1966 Ford GT40 set will be available to order at LEGO.com/shopfrom March 1, 2017, with a recommended retail price of €34.99 (£29.99). A FordMustang set is on sale now, alongside a Ford F 150 Raptor with trailer and FordModel A hot rod.
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The #68 Ford GT ofSébastien Bourdais (FRA), Joey Hand (US) and Dirk Müller (GER) crossed thefinish line as the winner in the GTE-Pro class of the 2016 Le Mans 24 Hours.
- Le Mans 1966 podium sweep
The #2 Ford GT40 MarkII driven by Bruce McLaren (NZ) and Chris Amon (NZ) took first place at Le Mansin 1966 – leading a Ford clean sweep of the three podium positions. The 1966race was Ford’s first ever win at Le Mans, and the first of four successivevictories at the iconic endurance race.
The ultra-high-performanceFord GT supercar is the most advanced Ford production vehicle ever, featuringthe latest in lightweighting, aerodynamics and EcoBoost engine technology – aninnovation showcase for the Ford brand.
- The 1966 Ford GT40 Mark II
The Ford GT40 Mark IIfeatured a lightweight aluminium chassis, rear-wheel drive and a 7.0-litre FordV8 engine. The car was named the GT (Grand Touring) with the 40 representingits height at the top of the windscreen in inches.
LEGO Speed Championsputs children in the driver seat, as they build and race some of the mostfamous cars ever produced, with authentic designs and exciting accessories toinspire young imaginations.
AboutFord Motor Company
FordMotor Company is a global automotive and mobility company based in Dearborn,Michigan. With about 203,000 employees and 62 plants worldwide, the company’score business includes designing, manufacturing, marketing and servicing a fullline of Ford cars, trucks and SUVs, as well as Lincoln luxury vehicles. Toexpand its business model, Ford is aggressively pursuing emerging opportunitieswith investments in electrification, autonomy and mobility. Ford providesfinancial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For moreinformation regarding Ford and its products and services, please visit www.corporate.ford.com.
Ford of Europeis responsiblefor producing, selling and servicing Ford brand vehicles in 50 individualmarkets and employs approximately 53,000 employees at its wholly ownedfacilities and approximately 68,000 people when joint ventures andunconsolidated businesses are included. In addition to Ford Motor CreditCompany, Ford Europe operations include Ford Customer Service Division and 24manufacturing facilities (16 wholly owned or consolidated joint venturefacilities and 8 unconsolidated joint venture facilities). The first Ford carswere shipped to Europe in 1903 – the same year Ford Motor Company was founded.European production started in 1911.
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