England – Ford, Lego and rally specialists M-Sport revealed a new model from the Lego Speed Champions range – the title-winning M-Sport Ford Fiesta WRC rally car.
The designers at Lego have recreated the striking looks of the M-Sport Ford Fiesta WRC car complete with powerful wheel arches and dramatic front and rear spoilers.
The new set includes a choice of wheel trims, two interchangeable bonnets – one featuring spotlights for night driving, authentic miniature race-graphics and a driver with helmet and racing overalls that can be placed inside the car through the removable windscreen.
When complete, the 203-piece Ford Fiesta M-Sport WRC Lego Speed Champions model measures 6cm high and wide, and 13cm long.
Mark Rushbrook, Ford's global director of Motorsport said: "With two World Rally Championship titles and five rally victories in 2017, it’s hard to think of a more worthy addition to the LEGO Speed Champions range than the M-Sport Ford Fiesta WRC car.
“The LEGO Speed Champions series is a fun way to celebrate the success of Ford cars in motorsport. We hope it will inspire future generations of car designers, engineers and rally drivers."
The M-Sport Ford Fiesta WRC car last year powered to victory in both the FIA World Rally Championship Drivers’ and Manufacturers’ competitions, driven by Sébastien Ogier and co-driver Julien Ingrassia, who are driving for the new M-Sport Ford World Rally Team this year alongside upcoming talent Elfyn Evans co-driver Daniel Barritt.
Powered by Ford’s 1.6-litre EcoBoost petrol engine, the real-life M-Sport Ford Fiesta WRC rally car is based on the all-new Ford Fiesta launched across Europe last year, and has already started the 2018 World Rally Championship season in winning-style with victory for Ogier and Ingrassia at Rallye Monte-Carlo last month.
Ford and Lego have also introduced a new 1968 Ford Mustang Fastback model to the Lego Speed Champions range. The 184-piece kit features green bodywork with gold-coloured wheels and comes with a timing board, race-graphics stickers, removable windscreen and a minifigure driver wearing a classic-style racing suit.
The iconic Ford GT40 and new Ford GT racing cars that won Le Mans 24 Hours in 1966 and 2016 are also available as part of the Lego Speed Champions collection.
The new Lego Speed Champions M-Sport Ford Fiesta WRC rally car and 1968 Mustang Fastback will be available to order at Lego.com/shop from March 1, 2018, each with a recommended retail price of £12.99 (R212).