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Mithrandir

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Every 3-4 years or so, the Lego company puts out a new "Supercar" technic model. When I was young, I could never afford these things, but with my newfound wealth, I decided it was about time to buy one. Lego's current top-of-the-line car is a 1:10 scale model of the Enzo Ferrari, a car named after the founder of Ferrari.

It is the fastest street-legal car ever made, having a 6 litre 12-cylinder engine (drool). Only 400 of the cars were made in total, one of them selling for over 1.2 million dollars.

Obviously, the real thing being outside of my financial zone, I had to settle with the lego version, for a cool $100.


First, the good:

The model comes with over 1300 pieces, putting the price/part ratio at a cool 7.3 cents per piece. This is somewhat below the average 10 cents per piece that you usually find with technic sets, so that's a bonus.

It comes with 7 160 degree #3 angled axle joiners, which are pretty rare in the lego world, so that's a plus.

It comes with 7 red hard axles, which is extremely rare, since most hard axles come in black and grey only.

It has a ton of red and black technic beams, so if you like to build red creations, this is the set for you.

It comes with 4 really neat hubcaps, something I've never seen in a lego set before. They really go a long way towards making the standard lego racing wheels look better.

And finally the best part: it comes with two CV joints, extremely rare and useful pieces, which can be used to make a powered wheel turn and have a suspension.

As for the model itself, the base is extremely well designed and I might use it (with some modifications) for other projects I create in the future.

The so-so:

It only comes with 8 gears, and 4 of those are for the rear differential. Don't get me wrong, rear differentials are cool, but almost every medium-to-large technic vehicle has them (I have 9 differential gears), so they're really nothing special anymore. Most supercars in the past have had 3 differentials to give a full 4-wheel drive mechanism, but sadly, this feature was lacking in this car.

The gull-wing doors are a little disappointing, in that they're pretty flimsy, and closing them causes them to hit a panel fairing. I really wish they would have gone with a sturdier design.

Also, it comes with 2 damped shock absorbers (for the doors), which were really cool when they first came out a few years ago, but now they tend to be overused and have lost some of their luster.

The bad:

PANEL FAIRINGS. Ugh, I've always hated these pieces, since they don't really seem to fit anything well. Lego tried making a one-style-fits-all piece to fill gaps in models, and unfortunately, we've got these stupid fairing pieces. Don't get me wrong, sometimes they work great (like with the 1:10 Ferrari F1 racer), but in this case, they don't work at all. The fairings are too small to cover up all the big holes in this huge car, so we end up with something that looks like about half of the outside of the car was torn off by a tornado.

The CV joints were awesome... but horribly unused in the model itself. There's no suspension or front-wheel drive, so they simply sit in the rear wheels, not doing what they were designed to do! Why?!!!

There's no transmission. This is the first technic supercar to my knowledge that has not had a gear transmission of any kind, which is disappointing, because the transmission ring pieces are really rare and I was hoping this would at least come with one. I only have one transmission ring, and it's currently inside my huge crane that I don't feel like disassembling (since it's so damned cool).

There are stickers that are meant to be placed on the car... spanning multiple pieces. Not a chance in hell, Lego. The whole point of Lego pieces is that you can disassemble them and build something new; I'm not going to permanently join together 3-4 pieces by putting a sticker on it!!


The verdict:

I'm more pleased than displeased with this purchase, but that's only because I can tear it apart and build it better on my own (ie: the whole point of Lego). I realise that Lego has a contract deal with Ferarri, and they were bound to make this set as close to the real thing as possible, but unfortunately that ended up making it somewhat sub-par.

As a parts pack, this is a good investment, however, and I would reccomend it to anyone who wants to build their own red lego sports car.

If you just want to build the ferarri enzo, then wait until it goes on sale for 50% off.
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Awesome =)

I've been meaning to get a hold of some C/V pieces, im trying to build a replica of my car in lego, maybe I can find some on e-bay. I've got the axel stubs that accept the C/V's


with limited success so far (no CV no Sprung, Steerable, Driven, Front wheel drive) just a little project I chew on when I am having a programming problem.

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Projected fuel economy (C/D est):

* EPA city driving: 7 mpg;
* EPA highway driving: 10 mpg;
* Steady 253 mph: 2.1 mpg



Oh boy!

LOL

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