Caterham R500 and Top Gear team immortalized in LEGO

legocaterhamTo celebrate the Caterham R500′s achievement of being named Top Gear’s 2008 Car of the Year, LEGOLAND designers have decided to immortalize the Lotus Seven descendant and the Top Gear team.

Fashioned out of LEGO’s trademark plastic bricks, the homage features replicas of the Stig, Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May alongside the R500.

According to LEGOLAND chief model maker Guy Bagley,

My colleague remembered that the Stig had put the R500 through its paces and how incredible it was on the track. It’s such a timeless and iconic car that it was a ‘no-brainer’ as our choice for the motorsport area, having already decided to feature Top Gear. Its design lends itself particularly well to our bricks, too.

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The Caterham Superlight R500 won accolades across the board in 2008, including the prestigious Top Gear Car of the Year.

But you know you’ve really made it when you’re built in LEGO.

LEGOLAND designers were so impressed by the R500′s achievement in winning the BBC’s top motoring decoration last year that it decided to capture the moment in its famous coloured plastic bricks.

Taking their place within the 40 million-brick MINILAND, one of a number of attractions at LEGOLAND, Top Gear presenters Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May, plus the elusive Stig, can be seen huddled around the famous Caterham Seven in a motorsport-themed area.

As well as gaining the Top Gear award, the £38,000 Caterham Superlight R500 proved its giant-killing potential by outpacing supercars like the £1 million Bugatti Veyron.

LEGOLAND’S chief model maker, Guy Bagley, said: “My colleague remembered that the Stig had put the R500 through its paces and how incredible it was on the track. It’s such a timeless and iconic car that it was a ‘no-brainer’ as our choice for the motorsport area, having already decided to feature Top Gear. Its design lends itself particularly well to our bricks, too.”

*Top Gear Power Lap board

1. Gumpert Apollo 1.17.1 £275,000
2. Ascari A10 1.17.3 £350,000
3. Koenigsegg CCX 1.17.6 £500,000
4. Pagani Zonda F Roadster 1.17.8 £880,000
5. Caterham R500 1.17.9 £37,995
6. Bugatti Veyron 1.18.3 £925,000
7. Pagani Zonda F 1.18.4 £400,000
8. Maserati MC12 1.18.9 £560,000
9. Ferrari Enzo 1.19.0 £425,000
10. Porsche 911 GT2 (997) 1.19.5 (pd) £131,000

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