LEGO Speed Champions 76906 1970 Ferrari 512 M Full Review
Among the range of modern hypercars, LEGO Speed Champions finds space for a vintage classic from Maranello with 76906 1970 Ferrari 512 M.
For some, newer is better and newer is better. They’ll always have the latest phone, dress in the latest fashions, and have their finger on the pulse of what’s “now.” Others, however, like to take a look back, knowing that more often than not, what’s state-of-the-art has only evolved from what came before.
Today’s performance cars are designed in a computer, perfected in a wind tunnel and shaped by physics to make them faster on the ground, grippier in the corners and slipperier in the air. But in this digitization of the creative process, have cars lost some of their soul?
Here we’re looking at a car that was created on a sheet of paper rather than a PC, and built by people born with a key in their hand. Sitting proudly alongside today’s exotic, the LEGO Speed Champions team has recreated a legend from over 50 years ago: the Ferrari 512 M.
Theme: LEGO Speed Champions Set name: 76906 1970 Ferrari 512M Release: March 1, 2022
Price: £17.99 / $19.99 / €19.99 Pieces: 291 Figures: 1
LEGO: Available now
The Ferrari 512 M isn’t a particularly familiar car to anyone who isn’t a racing fan, but looking back in the Speed Champions range, it isn’t exactly “common”. The 512 M (the M stands for modified) screams 1970s, with swooping curves, exposed rear wheels and a rear spoiler so big you could picnic on it, all finished in that famous Ferrari Rosso Corsa (or red, for the rest of us). As is often the case, the build starts with the familiar Speed Champions chassis, then focuses on the rear of the car to begin with.
Thick twin tailpipes are soon topped with Ferrari’s signature round taillights, and then the rear deck begins to take shape. This large flat expanse houses the two small spoilers that differentiate the 512 M from the standard 512 S and overall it’s a relatively simple build here. In front is a V12 engine, represented by only a few parts but giving that distinctive “V” shape. Add a handful of red and white plates and a handful of stickers, and the rear of the car is complete.
As bag two is opened and construction progresses, you begin to see where the time has gone into designing this model. Unlike the flat, simple rear of the car, the front is dominated by wide fenders incorporating those huge headlights. The body then curves up to the gaping air intakes which cool the engine.
The front fenders, especially the headlight assembly, are almost worth the purchase price alone. How a few dozen pieces, all with straight edges, can create a perfect curve is something you’ll wonder long after the build is complete. The icing on the cake are two dark translucent 2×1 plates, printed in red, which put the finishing touches on the lights much better than any sticker.
The domed printed canopy completes the construction, and while there are slight differences in the color of the print from the surrounding brickwork, it’s a minor detail and not one that draws attention.
Speaking of printed parts, you get six 1×1 plates printed with the famous Ferrari badge. Oddly, four of them are actually buried inside the car, with only two showing on the sides. Presumably they are so subtle that it would be far too easy to choose the wrong part, and then when you look for the printed plate you realize you are going to have to backtrack a number of steps to get it back . Thanks, LEGO Design Team, for realizing that some people get sloppy when building.
Not us, of course. The other people.
76906 The 1970 Ferrari 512 M includes a minifigure, resplendent in an all-white racing suit. The suit is open at the neck, showing a gray shirt underneath, and has zipped pockets and the Ferrari badge on the chest. The red stripes on the edges of the jacket continue on the legs, finishing this costume nicely. The rider has a choice of tousled brown hair or a white racing helmet.
In a world where the price of LEGO sets only seems to be rising – recently we’ve been engaging in unnecessary speculation about when we might see the first $1,000 set – Speed Champions continues to represent excellent value. price quality. An accurate representation of a classic car and, arguably, a tutorial on some innovative building techniques, all for under £18/$20/€20.
You really can’t argue with that, making 76906 1970 Ferrari 512 M a solid recommendation for anyone interested in motorsport.
As LEGO sets advance, it’s about as easy as it gets. If you’re reading this, you probably have at least a passing interest in cars or motorsport, and 76906 1970 Ferrari 512 M is another gem in a series that’s embarrassingly rich. If we wondered how much we’d pay to sit down with a LEGO designer for an hour and get them thinking about building techniques, we’d probably find quite a few. But that’s actually what you get here. The fact that you also get a beautiful model is almost secondary.
If you already collect speed champions, don’t hesitate to choose this one. If you don’t, we can highly recommend it as a great starting point. Just make sure you have enough shelf space – you’ll need it.
This set has been provided for review by The LEGO Group.
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How long does it take to build LEGO Speed Champions 76906 1970 Ferrari 512 M?
If you take your time to properly appreciate the construction techniques of 76906 1970 Ferrari 512 M, you’re looking at somewhere around the 75 minute mark. There are two bags of workpieces and 16 stickers to apply.
How many pieces are there in LEGO Speed Champions 76906 1970 Ferrari 512 M?
There are 291 parts in 76906 1970 Ferrari 512 M, including six 1×1 plates with the Ferrari badge, which only appeared in two other sets.
How big is LEGO Speed Champions 76906 1970 Ferrari 512 M?
In terms of size, 76906 1970 Ferrari 512 M is 16.5cm long, 7.5cm wide and only 4.5cm high to the top of the spoilers.