This car also features working front steering, high fenders and an opening hood and engine cover. Took me about 8 hours over 3 nights and it was an easy but very enjoyable build and very satisfying result.
Over 20 years since my childhood lego addiction.
I had dug out my old 8865 and rebuilt it in a different colour scheme. Next the 8880 and 8070 had a lot to live up to. Spend some time to sort the pieces out though and you will have it together in no time.Best thing about it is that you can literally open enough panels to see the entire technic working body. The finished product is really something to marvel at!
We sat down together to build it and, apart from 1 or 2 small bits he built the whole thing himself. Looks great and performs well plus you can add the motor to it.
I built it up over a week or so and thoroughly enjoyed it and was amazed at how many things actually worked. However if you want to have it on display make sure you have alot of room for it as it is quite big!
It does not have as many parts as previous flagship models, but is still a huge set. The below photo was taken after finishing the build, the front page is a little bent but otherwise it’s still in good condition. Then the front axle is built up along with the internal framework. Pretty quickly, you get a feel for the true size of this car. Compared to other large super cars (eg 8070 ), this one is pretty light on the internal framework. The front bonnet can also be raised to show off the lack of a front engine. All they do is motorise the raising/lowering of the gull wing doors and rear cover, plus add some lights to the front. With this car being a sponsored racing car, it’s obviously going to have quite a lot of them. However, stickers also reduce the reuse-ability of your parts – especially all these nice new panels. By the way, the stickers on the inside rims of the tyres are a pain to apply.
I had real trouble getting them lined up nicely. The suspension is hard but probably needs to be harder for something so low to the ground. The internal framework is pretty minimal – instead relying on the 47 (!) panels to cover up the inside and make it look good.
I think the stickers give it the character it needs to become a true racing car – without them, it’s just a bright green expensive looking car. However keep in mind that 17 out of the 26 new bright green panels get covered in them!
I think it looks better with the stickers, but more than good enough without them. Even with having those numbers, you really have to see this race car in person to appreciate its size. Interestingly, the preliminary images of this set looked quite different, especially at the front of the vehicle.
I kind of liked the original version better, particularly the shaping of the front lights. This is probably my biggest gripe against this set; a motorized car model should be able to move – this is just basic common sense logic. What’s the use of a motorized race car that can’t run?
He also adds power functions and demonstrates the optional motorized features of the set. While in most sets with alternate models the main model is usually considered the best and most developed, for this set many people favor the alternate model. Both models have some faults, but they look very impressive and massive, and the functions work well.
You are not the only one who ended up getting the set from overseas. Keep us posted on how you like the truck.
I have heard from a number of people who said they prefer it over the race car.
You really have to pay attention and test the mechanical and other parts several times during the building process. Technic sets are a pain to take apart, and there is no easy way around it. Also, the two functions, opening doors and opening rear enclosure are excellent.
I decided to take the plunge and buy one for myself. The working suspension and steering bits are so nice that it’s a shame this thing doesn’t have a motor. Looking forward to building the jeep version of it.
I got the additional motor parts and they make the car even cooler. Yes, he put it together by himself with no help (took 2 months!).
Lego 24 Hour Race Car Review
What an awesome build for someone who’s a car fanatic!
The box in the corner shows the measurements: 48x21cm. On the back, the top image illustrates that the gull wing doors open as does the engine cowling at the rear. The alternative model, a truck, is shown at the bottom, along with how it can be motorised. The 1219-parts are not in numbered bags so some sorting is required before tackling construction. The instructions are in a single 256-page manual. There are 11 different parts in this colour, 76 parts in total. That’s about 6% of the total parts in the set.
LEGO 42039 Technic 24 Hours Race Car
The first milestone is reached when the rear axle and engine assembly is complete. Next, the chassis is completed and front wheel assembly added. They enable compact and efficient suspension, steering and drive mechanisms to be implemented. Next, the gearbox for the moveable parts of the model is built and panelling fitted along the side. Here the gull wing doors have been added along with the first wheel arch and headlight. The gear wheel visible on this side of the body is used to manually operate the door and engine cowling opening mechanisms. The engine cowling is built and connected to the rear to complete the model. A view ot the underside shows pretty much all of the gearing. The gearbox mechanism for the gull wing doors and engine cowling uses brand new parts that make a much more robust unit. The bright green and white colour scheme looks fantastic, even without stickers. The new curved panels make perfect wheel arches.Of course improvements could be made but that’s the case for almost all sets.
I the only one here that thinks this model looks great?
They take ages to build, and often ages to take apart.
I like it when we get good shots of the new parts. It’s got a steering, gearing, and an engine.
I was thinking about it more from the point of something like the other race cars (as opposed to the off-roaders and “super” cars).
The plane from last year and the servo-equipped 4×4 before that were tempting, but the different subject matter, new parts, and new colors clinched it for me. Like that car, this will remain stickerless!
Technic buyer, but this might be an interesting buy for this year. Granted there is a trend to hide the internals as the years go by. Huw’s review, while positive, was certainly thorough enough to confirm my initial prejudices. What’s more, if you’re going to make opening doors one of the features of the model, then the doors should be convincingly door-like!
I may still get it though for the new colour and parts. Too many little bits, too time consuming. Technic has had far too many utilitarian models. These parts are made to be usable again and again, not for super-specific models. The addition of including real world companies like shell for sponsoring makes the car seem more realistic. The lights may be arguably less attractive on the final product but they are more true to life, and the wheelarches on the prototype are terrible. The chassis appears fine enough, if lacking a bit of originality, but the outer body work just doesn’t look right at all.It’s almost as if there are too many panels competing for the space.
I do love the 42008 though, so it worked out fine for me. Yes, this is a bloody massive car, one that is made up of 1219 parts and features actual working mechanisms. But, once you start to sort the similarly sized and coloured parts into groups, it begins to get easier. In all, the build took us about six hours spread over a coupe of nights. It certainly has an aggressive look, matching perfectly the aesthetics of the real car. The low profile, the speed fins on the front and rear, and also the large wide tyres are all perfect and work very well in the finished model.
You could try to fit your baby in there though – it’s almost big enough. We’ve not bothered fitting them, as we think the manual approach is a bit more rewarding here. As you can see above there is a simple gear lever allowing you to select either the gull wing doors (top) or the rear engine canopy (bottom).
You can see what we mean now about complexity.
You can also see some nice piping parts, and also a hint at the complicated gear system that makes it all work.
We built it, but we still assume its all achieved by magic or something. And it would have to be a lot of magic: here’s an unusual view of the underside, detailing the effort you have to put in underneath all those stickered-up body parts. Oh, and last but certainly not least, each wheel on the car has individual suspension. It’s actually very impressive to push down on the car once completed and see it spring back up, stiffly and smoothly. The suspension on the forward wheels, those that also have steering functions, is one of the most complex and fiddly parts, but waaaaay worth it in the end. This is a challenging build for sure, even for thirty-something technology journalists, but boy is it rewarding in the end. The box says 11-16, but even the most experienced and nimble-fingered kid might have some difficulty at times with this. Hopefully that will only lead to some great parent/child bonding session as mum or dad helps out. A fun, tricky and teeth-sinkable build producing a great model with plenty of play features. Our reviews are honest, jargon-free, and funny.