Honda Australia will showcase both of its hero performance vehicles at the 2019 World Time Attack Challenge (WTAC) event in Sydney next week, with a life-size LEGO® replica of the multi-award winning Civic Type R on display, along with one of Australia’s most exclusive supercars, the high-performance hybrid NSX.
Acclaimed as the ultimate performance hot hatch and a direct manifestation of Honda’s racing spirit, experience and heritage, the Civic Type R was transformed into a life-size LEGO® model to support Honda Australia’s partnership with the highly successful ‘LEGO® MASTERS’ TV show, which aired on Channel Nine earlier this year.
The passionate team behind the creation, led by global expert Ryan “The Brickman” McNaught – a LEGO® Certified Professional – used more than 320,000 LEGO® bricks in the build and spent over 1,300 hours bringing the Civic Type R to life in LEGO®, with a team of nine assembling each brick by hand.
An actual Civic Type R and CAD drawings were used by the LEGO® Masters team to create their blueprint. They then built the car from the ground up, layer by layer, using stock standard pieces – a steel frame supports the structure of LEGO® bricks.
The most challenging elements of the build were the window wipers due to their fragility, and the upper rear spoiler, which needed structure to allow it to float. The car ‘comes to life’ with the help of an iPad which turns on the headlights, DRLs, fog lights, hazard lights, brake and reversing lights.
The LEGO® Civic Type R will be making more appearances around Australia over the coming months, following its stint at the 2019 World Time Attack Challenge. For additional content and more information about the LEGO® Civic Type R, please visit the LEGO® MASTERS page on Honda Australia’s website here.
The NSX hybrid supercar will not only be on display in main trade area of the pit paddock, but it is also is set to demonstrate the performance capabilities of its advanced hybrid drivetrain in the Turbosmart Flying 500.
The latest 19YM NSX continues to be powered by the Sport Hybrid Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) power unit consisting of a twin-turbocharged mid-mounted V6 engine paired with a 9-speed dual clutch transmission (9DCT). An electric Direct Drive Motor integrated with the engine and 9DCT supplements the engine with instantaneous electric torque.
Containing two additional electric motors, the front-mounted Twin Motor Unit (TMU) continuously varies torque – both positive and negative – to the left and right front wheels to enhance handling precision and cornering capabilities, elevating driver confidence and performance. Maximum system output is 427kW of power and 646Nm of torque.
The Integrated Dynamics System in the NSX – with Quiet, Sport, Sport+ and Track modes – provides for a wider range of driving experiences than conventional supercars. The NSX features an advanced, multi-material body and aluminium-intensive space frame with the world’s first application of aluminium ablation casting in the space frame structure, enabling ultra-high rigidity, compact packaging and outstanding collision safety performance.
The NSX at WTAC will be presented in a striking Thermal Orange Pearl premium paint option that continues the tradition of NSX colour names inspired by motorsports venues and iconic corners, paying homage to 30 years of Acura motorsports vehicles with orange accented liveries.
For more information on the NSX, please visit Honda Australia’s website here.