LEGO Exclusive Technic Grand Prix Racer 42000 Review
This is the box of the Lego 42000, also known as the Lego Grand Prix Racer. Despite it being a Lego Technic build, it’s slightly smaller than expected, especially for a set of this size. You will be able to see another version of the completed build at the back of the box.
After you open up the box, you will find a decent number of polybags, which are comprised of a more flexible and smoother material than the ones found in past Lego Technic builds. These instructions are packed inside cardboard sheets, to be able to keep them safe and sound.
The instruction booklets for the Lego 42000 all come in a high amount of volumes, as per usual. In this case, there are three booklets. And unfortunately for some, there are plenty of stickers with this build – Two sheets of them, in fact.
We will now be taking a closer look at the 42000’s parts. The first image suggests that there is, in fact, a brand new source of rare 6 x 36 VR tires that were only previously found in the Lego 8146 Nitro Muscle set. These have been utilized in a couple of past Lego Technic builds and Lego MOCs with its own set of instructions. These have become quite rare nowadays.
The brand new model must be able to fill up the market with its new parts. One more thing you will notice is that the wheels for this build come in black, giving it a sleeker appearance. Black is also a color that’s consistently in high demand for Lego builds. The next stage here shows that the build also comes with a decent amount of panelings. There are plenty of panels in rare shades (most notably, white) and a couple of them in red. Black panels measuring 5 x 11 are present here too.
There’s plenty of brand new stuff included in the build, such as four types of stiff shock absorbers. There are sixteen steering arms, nine types of 9L links, and finally, a brand new front and rear hub. Several people do have the tendency to quickly judge the overall appearance of the set once they figure out how many gears it currently owns. By this measure, the Lego 42000 is a completely respectable build, even though it still pales in comparison to the Lego 8043 and the Lego 8110. Another important part here is the three mini-linear actuators. These have garnered mixed reviews from their clients, since some of them did feel like they were completely unnecessary when it comes to this set, and would rather have old-style dampers including the Silver Champion. Meanwhile, people who purchase for parts will clearly enjoy the presence of the MLAs in the build.
The 42000 first starts with the chassis, which is a combination of both red and black bricks. The next part is the gearbox. The main purpose of the gearbox is to have you switch in between using the external crank to be able to drive the car’s rear wing, or to lift up or bring down the body in case you want to display the engine in the finished build. An actual modern F1 car does have the ability to be able to open up the rear wing, with the help of a system called Drag Reduction System, or the DRS. So it’s safe to say that this portion of the build is completely realistic. There probably hasn’t even been an F1 car that comes with its own powered system to get rid of the body.
In the upper portion of the build, you will be able to find the twelve-tooth gear that has been used in input cranks. This is responsible for driving the right-hand axle with the aid of two types of clutch gears. The MLA located on the right side has to be angled up later on, and will drive up the rear wing. The brackets, as well as the bevel gears on the left side, will lead to two yellow axle joiners that could drive up the two mLAs meant to lift the car’s body. And speaking of which, there’s plenty of yellow incorporated in this build too – A lot of people think this shade looks totally out of place, and is probably the reason why adverts for the Lego 42000 have not shown the right-hand side of the car itself. The yellow side is just hideous.
After this part, you must now finish up the gear box and integrate it together with the chassis. You must also be able to complete the rear suspension assembly. This part looks completely different in the middle. There are continuous joints found on its axle, as well as the accompanying new hubs. If you take a closer look at the double wishbone suspension, you will see why it’s actually called that. After finishing, the links will often result in a four-bar linkage that keeps the hub in parallels to the ground. The shock absorbers attached to the vehicle are inboard, similar to the ones found on actual F1 cars. These are driven using 9L links utilized as pushrods. In contrast to F1 cars in real life, the pushrods are normally on edge, so the long side is into the wind. This pretty much defeats the entire point, so it’s not a great plan.
There’s also the integrated V8 which, at present, is the engine configuration utilized by real-life F1 cars. The pistons are quite big for scale, according to some owners. The pistons are a tad bit too big for scale, when you place it against the build. You really cannot see it in the picture, but the parts that compose of the middle crankshaft now sport a tanned color, instead of the signature dark gray. One thing noticeable about the suspension here, as compared to the Silver Champion, is that the bell cranks have better support, so the entire thing doesn’t flex too much. With the Lego 8457, the cranks cantilevered, which brought so much deflection to the vehicle itself. In the case of the Lego 42000, the crank axle is supported both above and below the build.
Now, you have to install the vehicle’s rear suspension on its chassis. You can see that the black panels are utilized to create the bottom part of the car. This has actually impressed plenty of people who have constructed this set. They could’ve saved plenty of cash here through skipping them, since you won’t be able to see them after the model is finished building. However, throwing them in makes the whole thing much more realistic, and make it a better parts pack overall.
We then move on to the steering assembly and its front suspensions. Once more, this involves the double wishbone suspension – However, in this case, they are now five studs apart instead of three on the vehicle’s rear end. As you build, you will be able to witness some rather interesting forms of assembly, which begins with the vertical frame and slowly spreads out. The steering rack goes right ahead of the axle, which is a tad bit unusual, and could end up as a part of a very interesting detail later on. In the front view, you will be able to see how the suspension pushrods, along with the wishbone arms and steering rods all come in airfoil shapes with less cross sections involved. This piece of detail is highly accurate.
The tiny gearbox that comes with the build has its own purpose too – Two of them, in fact. The tiny knob located on the top is the Hand of God (HOG) made to control the steering wheel. The right hand output is meant for the steering wheel, which is found in the cockpit. Since the steering rack is located in front of the axle, the wheel itself would have turned backwards. However, this small gearbox is able to handle that problem by reversing the wheel’s own direction.
It is now time to integrate the back side and front side of the vehicle. The chassis must now be completely built during this time. From this point on, the end result of your build is completely cosmetic in nature. The exhaust manifolds will now be installed. This type of configuration is admittedly very strange, especially since there’s only three exhaust ports made for a bank comprising of four cylinders. And what’s more, the exhaust ports exit forward through the whole engine block. The tires of the vehicle are much narrower as compared to the ones found in the three older types of F1 cars – Namely the Lego 8674 Ferrari, the Lego 8461 Williams Racer, and the Lego 8458 Silver Champion.
After the car has been completed, you can see the blue pins that stick out just below its rear wing. This is the part where you install the battery pack, in case you want to motorize the model. Just like the 8070, this might end up ruining the back side of the car.