Alternate model of a generic Formula 1 car made only from pieces in set 5867 - Super Speedster.
About this creation
I am not really one that follows many sports like many of my friends. Some of them follow basketball, while others follow American football. Still others, those that follow racing, are interested in NASCAR. If there was one sport that I pay attention to, it has to be Formula 1. I love the idea of these cars accelerating quickly out of the twisting turns of all of the different tracks. The 3 second pitstops where the crew changes all four tires are fantastic. I love the technical aspects of the rules and how each team builds and develops their car over the course of the season. In my opinion F1 really is the pinnacle of road-racing motor-sport.
Formula 1 and LEGO have a long history. If you look back into the catalogues of previous years, you will find many official models of F1 cars. I am aware of LEGO having introduced F1 models in the Creator, Technic and Model Team themes. Considering my interest in F1 and my desire to build another alternate from this set, it was natural to attempt the build of an F1 racer.
The official Formula 1 website is a good place to find images of the F1 teams' cars. Because most of the pieces in this set are red and black, I focused on the cars from Virgin Racing and Ferrari.
The size of the tires/wheels offered in this set dictated the scale of the model. I mainly used the images of Ferrari's F10 as guidance for the features of this model. One of the more challenging parts of the build given the available parts in this set was coming up with a way to represent the slope in the rear of the car that covers the engine. The solution actually came from a technique that I learned recently from trying to build Nathanael Kuipers' Classic Car alternate from this same set. For that build, he made the underside of the car with the 'studs' oriented down. Using this technique allowed me to use the 2 x 2 reverse slopes upside down and allowed the engine cover to be represented adequately.
Overall, this was a fun and satisfying build that resulted in a sturdy model.
Some very creative use of parts here including building methods! Glad my model gave you some inspiration. As a big F1 fan myself the car seems a bit out of proportion though... Don't know exactly why. Still it's a great alternate of this versatile set! (And again you don't have to worry about wheelarches ;))