Lego 8070 Technic Super Car Review
Ever since its release in 2011, plenty of Lego fans have had the opportunity to visit the nearest Lego store and purchase the Lego 8070 Technic Supercar. A few overly-zealous fans were even able to put it together in one night. The build was first released in 2011, and contains 1281 parts in total. It’s a pretty big build, if we may say so – During the time of its release, the 8070 was priced at around $120.
We begin this review by showcasing pictures of the box. As per usual, the box is rather large – Much like most of the boxes found inside Lego Technic builds. It’s at least 25% or 30% full in its volume. For those who are into collecting Lego boxes, you might be disappointed to learn that you have to destroy the box’s corners to get to the bricks inside – We suggest cutting the rear flap with a razor blade to not give plenty of damage to the box, and to keep it in its pristine condition. The front side of the box showcases the fully-built car model, as well as its functions found inside the orange Power Functions band located on the right side.
Meanwhile, the back side of the box contains the alternating hot rod model. There aren’t any parts listed on the outside of the box, which was slightly interesting. And what’s even more interesting here is that there aren’t any pictures of the backside of the car on both the marketing materials and the box itself – Later on, we learned that there’s actually a reason why this is so.
Located inside the box are an instruction booklet, at least twelve variants of poly bags, and a sticker sheet. This marks the very first Lego Technic build that utilizes a brand new way of placing cardboard right within the instructions. A lot of owners actually did like this small detail since it resulted in crystal-clear instructions. The instruction manual was split into three types of books, made especially for the main build. Much like plenty of the current Lego Technic builds, the details in the instruction booklets are split into smaller segments, with a couple of them only containing several friction pins meant for installation purposes. The Lego 8070 could have easily been placed inside one book. Meanwhile, if you want to download the instructions meant for the alternate model, feel free to do so by visiting the Lego Website. The instructions for this build are split into three portions. You must download all three first before you can read.
We will now look at the parts that come with the build. Pictures in other reviews will showcase all of the parts laid out perfectly on the table. The Power Functions portions only comprise of an M motor as well as an accompanying battery box. The next one includes the huge amount of brand new red panels. There are six large red panels in total, as well as ten medium-wide panels, and two types of medium narrow panels.
The build also contains lots of lift arms, featured in either red or black. Meanwhile, the portions that come with the seats and the car’s dashboard all sport a dark gray hue. The car’s frame is also light gray. It would be a great idea if Lego could start making an all-black version of the 8070, but so far, no such luck.
The 8070 is filled with special parts that make up the build. First, there are the gears. Not a lot of gears are found here as compared to the Lego 8043, but there’s still a decent and respectable amount included here. There are also a dozen tooth bevel gears included. The sixteen variants of tooth spur gears are the brand new version that Lego has included in their more recent Technic builds. Meanwhile, the next portion features the expensive parts. There are eight types of control arms, all having a narrower size than before. Also included are four wheel hubs, a differential, four stiff-shock absorbers, two transmission driving rings, six steering links, four CV joints (also known as dogbones), and two CV sockets – Perhaps the only new parts that came with the set.
Now it’s time to start building – The initial step will showcase the start of the transmission, also known as the heart and soul of the 8070 itself. The two types of parallel axles are driven at a similar rate thanks to the motor, while its clutch gears are utilized when engaged to drive the four types of motorized functions. These two types of non-motorized functions, which include both steering and the engines, also pass through the same area, so the section in general is all looking very dense. The next step here is to install the transmission right in the start of the chassis. The view coming from the top side showcases the white clutch gear, whose main purpose is to prevent the motor from further stalling. This part is directly driven using an eight-tooth pinion found on the M motor. The lengthy axle that sticks out from the front side belongs to the V-8 engine, which in turn comes from the rear side wheels. All of the gears in this build are at least one level below the transmission.
Next part is the rear axle and the suspension assembly. This includes independent suspensions, with the usage of another brand new gear. The CV’s joint ‘dogbone’ system is the main star here, allowing the pivot points of the main drive axle to be located right inside the same plane as its suspension pilots, as it normally does in most Technic builds. This fixture is pretty much the same as the R/C cars that were built with the help of the axle stub that comes out in front.
Then we have the rear spoiler, which is the very first mechanical function that is finished. A small crank forwards will utilize a link that brings down the spoiler, found on top of a four-bar linkage. And then we have the seats – There are a couple of things we have noticed about the 8070’s seats. The first one is the fact that these seats are truncated, since the gearbox tends to interfere with its inboard edges. The second thing we noticed is that the gearbox isn’t placed in the middle of the chassis – In fact, it’s off by just one stud, meaning that the attachments built for the seats aren’t symmetric.
The front suspension assembly is also independent. The steering racks and its shocks have yet to be constructed during this point. Plenty of mechanical functions are found inside the build’s gearbox.
Despite Lego firmly telling us not to place in the car’s wheels until the very end of the build, some of us just couldn’t resist placing in the rolling stock on top of a finished chassis. Everything in this part is completely functional, minus the fact that the car’s hood and doors have yet to be attached. The car’s steering and the engine, along with the mechanisms and the spoilers for the hood and the door, all function well here. The body slowly comes together during this portion. There are also plenty of complex angles going on here, and a lot of them aren’t meant to be accomplished using angle connectors – Instead, some owners have decided to use pinned lift arms instead.
After its completion, you will realize that the Lego 8070 is a very sharp and handsome car. Its flexible axles and panels do their job well of giving the car the right shape and contour, which is sure to appeal several fans. Its grille and headlights are also a nice touch here. As mentioned before, the car’s styling, accompanied by its gigantic hood, make it seem like its looks were based after a Dodge Viper. A flip of the car gives you the opportunity to look at its myriad of functions.
The car’s battery box and M motor power include four functions found through its central gearbox. For instance, the car’s rear spoiler is responsible for hiding beneath its rear deck. While it’s being deployed, the deck gets pushed out of the way. It also swivels on roof posts and pins. This is definitely one of the stranger features of the vehicle, since it’s opened in the middle and is quite too big for the car itself.
The pivot angle is at an angle to the chassis, so not only does it pivot outwards, but upwards as well. This can be done through the use of a 9L link attached to either side, or connected through ball joints. The hood pivots right at the front side to be opened up. Once it’s down, it now presses against the top of the engine. These four functions all utilize worm gears, which basically means that not only are they significantly geared downwards, they are also staying in place no matter what position they may be in.
Apart from its motorized functions, the Lego 8070 has everything you might expect from a genuine Technic supercar, including the four-wheel double wishbone independent suspension, several V-8 type engines, and differentials.