How we raced and built the BMW M 1000 RR thanks to LEGO® Technic™

Recently, the folks over at The LEGO® Group teamed up with us here for the release of the LEGO® Technic™ BMW M 1000 RR model.The LEGO Group gave us the freedom to build it at 1:5 scale and with 1,920 parts to put it together. As usual, we made something absurd.

John and me decided that it would be a race, and we settled for a 10-hour build time. Ride 4, a title by Milestone featuring the same BMW M 1000 RR, split across Suzuka, the Guia Circuit in Macau, and the infamous Nordschleife.

 

In theory, those laps will total ten hours, and I all had to do was complete the build before John crossed the line at the Nürburgring. The entire build was live-streamed on Traxion.GG, so you can watch it in all its glory if necessary.

The Building Lego Technic BMW M 1000 RR setThis made it possible to complete the stream in just 45 minutes. It’s the hardest part of this build. The functional gearbox features moving pistons. A staple in many LEGO Technic builds.

As you begin to surround the engine block with reinforcements and detailing, you move on to the display stand, which bears the first and largest sticker in the set, detailing the specs of the real M 1000 RR you’re building.

It was easy to build the stand so that the engine block looks more like a motorcycle. Both the front and rear suspensions are fully functional, as well as the handlebars that turn the front wheel. As for the back wheel, a gold chain is strung through to the engine block – what a challenge it was to put all the 62 pieces together for this element.

Here are the bulk of stickers, which feature the tri-colour BMW M branding. Here is where my first mistake occurred. I had used an extension part on step 619 that was not correct. I am sorry. The LEGO Group doesn’t get its instructions wrong, so read them carefully!

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In my defence, I was in a race with John, who was quite happily romping through his finals laps on the Nordschleife at this point. I wouldn’t say that moment cost me the race, but we’ll run with that anyway.

The bike was completed and is one of my most impressive LEGO Technic creations. Seeing the bodywork parts I’ve used on entirely different models work to create a motorbike’s side panels rather than a rear wing on a McLaren Senna model always astonishes me.

These designers deserve my highest respect. This 1:15 scale replica is amazing. From the impressive brake pads and lines at the front wheel, to the interchangeable dashboard pieces.

If you’re a motorcycle fan, enjoy motorsport, or just love building LEGO Technic models, you’ll have a blast building the Lego Technic BMW M 1000 RR set.

We are so grateful to The LEGO Group

The LEGO Technic BMW M 1000 RR 42130 set is now available from the LEGO Shop.

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How we raced and built the BMW M 1000 RR thanks to LEGO® Technic™

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