LEGO 42000 Technic Grand Prix Racer Review








Build a model that’s just like the real thing!

Just three booklets to build the whole model.


Lego 42000 Review

Although the car doesn’t move at all ( unless you move it with your hands ) it is really awesome how it is build.

You can steer the wheels either by moving the steering wheel or by using a special gear placed on the top of the car for that task. Both front and back axles has differential gears to allow the car a great turning distance. Watch this video for the timelapse building of the model.Here you have the main features in this short two minutes video. There are so many parts that really deserves a mentions that it is hard to start writing. The wheels and suspension is incredible solid and stable, you can push the car in a straight line and it won’t turn at all. The fact that the steering wheel moves when the car steers is something that really won my heart. Finally the rear spoilers on the back of the car can be adjusted for obtaining the best turn performance, or just for aesthetics… as it is the case.

I really enjoy watching those endless racing cars doing one turn after another.

Lego Technic Grand Prix Racer Review 42000



Lots of parts, specially many of them suitable for car building like differential gears. Een super-realistisch model van een echte racewagen!

We hebben hem gebruikt voor een workshop en alle kinderen vonden het een geweldige auto. Normally you expect a bigger size for this price and piece count. At least the box doesn’t feel and look so empty now. That said, the white is a nice addition to the usual red, black and yellow, and this kit contains quite a bit of it!

Furthermore we can find some other new parts: special wheelhub pieces, different for front (2x) and rear (2x), the return of a hard to find tire (4x) (not included in the picture), and probably the most useful newcomer is a thin 1×5 liftarm with 2 crossholes (6x). If you already do own one of those, you might want to reconsider your options, unless you really want to have those new and rare parts, and expand your collection. The build then starts with the floor of the monocoque, which basically consists of beams and connectors. The first module is the gearbox, but not like what you expect in a car. Instead, this gearbox will be used to switch functions between opening the enginecover or changing the rear wing’s angle. The next big module consists of the rear wheel drive and suspension together with the engine. In that respect the build-up of this racer has similarities with its real life counterpart, which adds a nice educational flavour. In the rear suspension are also the first new hub elements used. Together with other new introduced parts, the rear suspension is now technically more correct than how it had to be done previously. With most of the rear functions done, it’s now time for the front section. Next step is extending the steering mechanism with the rest of the nose section. Then of course, as before, the whole section is attached to the chassis. With the long front added, the total size of the model starts to look quite impressive!

We finish the front section with the front wing. This part is really well done with a good use of the new panels. After the last technical parts are in place, the mini linear actuators for lifting the engine cover, it’s now time to cover the rest with some bodywork.

We finish with the adjustable rear wing, and as always the wheels. It looks pretty good even without the stickers, which to me shows that a model has the right spirit.




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Overall a pleasant and well thought out build. A few minor annoying moments, when parts can come of when attaching others, and some less intuitive steps, but generally speaking very enjoyable. Furthermore the rear has independent double wishbone pushrod suspension, with the dampers in a horizontal position, identical to real racers. Another difference compared to the rear axle is of course that the front has an incorporated steering system. The last 2 functions are controlled through a gearbox from the right side, and involve lifting the engine cover or adjusting the rear wing, both of which make use of the mini linear actuator. Considering that motorizing those functions does not add a lot to the playability, and the fact that the battery box on the back looks just plain ugly, only makes it feel tackier in my opinion. The same can be said for the steering angle, which is too little, resulting in a turning radius that’s still too wide. Overall the functions work well, which is of course the main concern. The new panels definitely give the model some nice smooth surfaces, but at the same time it seems a little rough on the edges, with the lack of some flexible axles. The most aesthetically pleasing part is the nose cone and front wing in my opinion where the new panels work really well.

I can accept this issue though as the front wing just looks so nice.

Lego 42000 Review

It’s a pity, because if the tires would have been slightly wider and/or higher, the model would have looked so much better in proportion. Overall the model looks ok, with some good parts and some that are not so good. Nothing really exceptional here, but the general perception is that it looks like a formula racer, which is what it needs to be. The biggest flaw is the size of the tires, that are just too small in proportion to the rest. The set contains some interesting bits, either completely new ones or elements in not the most common colours. In many ways this model reminds me of its predecessors, but thanks to some new elements, certain mechanisms are now technically more correct than previously. Normally more is more, but in this case more is less. Aesthetically the model has some nice surfaces and a great looking front wing, but upon closer inspection it is a bit rough on the edges and the tires are too small.

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The result is that other parts also end up out of proportion. Overall it’s a good model, but due to some flaws it doesn’t have the potential to become a real classic, a must buy that you just need to have in your collection. It provides however a satisfying build and some useful parts for those who want to expand their collection.

I built this set a few days ago and quickly took it apart again. It just looks and feels cheap and unfinished to me.

I even changed the horrendous yellow pieces and that still didn’t help. Kind of regretting my purchase to be honest because the money could have gone toward the much nicer 8458, 8461 or 8674.

I think this “it doesn’t have the potential to become a real classic” says it all. My son just got this kit and we are in the process of building it. Was wondering if someone could tell me if the transmission is connected to the engine?

When you push the finished model and the shifter is in the appropriate (middle) position should the engine and tranny both spin?We are at the end of the first instruction book and it does not seem like the engine and tranny are connected- wondering if we made a mistake?

Is the transmission connected to the engine?

Or does the tranny just control the wing and body lift ?

Hey is the steering wheel proportional when you turn it left and right or is it lob sided?

Lego Technic Grand Prix Racer Review & Time Lapse Build

Year of release: 2013. Pieces: 1141. Price: £79.99 / €99,99 . Building time: 3h.



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