Over the past few years, Lego has created kid-friendly iterations of iconic cars—the Land Rover Defender and the Ford Mustang among them. For the Danish toymaker’s next creation, it has decided to look east for inspiration. Which it found over 8,000km away in Japan.
You already know, of course, that we’re talking about the Nissan GT-R Nismo. There are obviously good reasons for this. The GT-R is the quintessential Japanese sports car—an automobile by which even other supercars are judged. And because the name is only three letters long, it will likely be remembered easily by kids.
Unlike other Lego cars that have been immortalized in the complex Technic and Creator sets, the GT-R’s plastic-brick replica is boxed as a Speed Champions model. This line is generally smaller and a lot less complicated, which should be a hit among younger Lego enthusiasts. The relative simplicity of the set also means the profile isn’t as precise as that of the actual car, but kids probably won’t mind.
However, it does faithfully recreate the one thing that defines the GT-R: the round taillights. And instead of going for a standard paint job, the folks at Lego fancied a very special version of Nissan’s racetrack slayer. The Speed Champions GT-R wears the same colors as the car that holds the Guinness World Record for the fastest-ever drift. In 2016, a modified GT-R Nismo was driven by multiple D1 Grand Prix champion Masato Kawabata to a speed of 304.96km/h. That’s sideways, by the way. With the rear tires smoking like rubber was going out of fashion.
We bet the Lego Speed Champions Nissan GT-R Nismo will be breaking its own drift records on bedroom skid pads around the world.