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Lego Technic Ferrari 488 GTE AF CORSE #51

Podium winning race car now in your living room.

Date Published: 13 Jan 2021
Lego Technic Ferrari 488 GTE AF CORSE #51

Singapore - Some six months after we had reviewed the Lamborghini Sian FKP37, the Lego Group announced another detailed Lego Technic super car set – and we were given the opportunity to build it. The co-branding relationship with Ferrari that has spanned over two decades and well over 50 sets has brought on yet another to the list – the Ferrari 488 GTE.

Second in the range of medium sized models (the first being the Porsche 911 RSR 42096) and the first Ferrari Technic set (if you considered the Lego Racers series a subset of Technic), the LEGO Group revealed the latest model to line up on the grid, the Lego Technic Ferrari 488 GTE AF Corse #51. Having delivered prestigious wins for the Prancing Horse in the world’s toughest endurance races, the racetrack icon is replicated in minute detail to encapsulate the same unmistakeable Italian spirit as its real-life counterpart. The livery of the set is inspired by the AF Corse #51 that competed in the 2018/2019 World Endurance Championship.

This set was designed to closely emulate the authentic features and design elements of the original endurance racer. The model features working front and rear suspension, aerodynamic curves, a miniature V8 engine with moving pistons and a steering wheel emblazoned with the Prancing Horse badge to help the model truly come alive. Original race number, sponsor stickers and the authentic Tricolore paint job add to the perfect finish to this model.

As a short introduction, the Ferrari 488 GTE is the racing variant of the Ferrari 488 built by the Competizioni GT unit within Ferrari with the purpose of endurance racing, replacing the Ferrari 458 GT2 from 2016 when it made its debut at the 2016 edition of the 24 Hours of Daytona in USA.

Lego Technic Ferrari 488 GTE AF CORSE #51

Our set arrived a few days after Christmas to keep ourselves occupied given that we are still unable to leave the country. Arriving in the distinctive yellow Lego carrier bag, the box design is different, taking on a more minimalistic and mature design with the black background – reminiscent of the Lamborghini Sian FKP 37 and the older Porsche 911 GT3RS sets.   

Lego Technic Ferrari 488 GTE AF CORSE #51

With just 1,677 pieces, the model measures out once assembled at just 48cm in length and 13cm in height.

Spread out over 5 stages, the model takes you through ground up from the chassis, differentials and engine, before progressively building up the panels to take on the shape of the Ferrari 488 GTE.

The build can be broken down into six stages:
Stage 1 – The engine, differential box and rear axle/suspension (72 steps)
Stage 2 – Chassis, steering column, cockpit and front axle/suspension (109 steps)
Stage 3 – Front body panels (169 steps)
Stage 4 – Rear body panels (106 steps)
Stage 5 – Roof, doors, rims & tires, spoiler (136 steps)

There are a handful of new Lego elements introduced for the set, namely:

Lego Technic Ferrari 488 GTE AF CORSE #51

Printed curved Lego elements for the front headlights that helped to bring out the overall feel of the Ferrari 488 GTE.

Lego Technic Ferrari 488 GTE AF CORSE #51

Fender supplements that clips on to the rear fenders are new to this set to accentuate the flared fenders of car.

Lego Technic Ferrari 488 GTE AF CORSE #51

Not a fan of two sticker sheets of 58 stickers. I found myself on a few occasions having to re-peel and re-adjust the sticker placements. Under that this could have been done to give collectors and builders the option of having a clean outlook of the Ferrari 488 GTE, but I would probably attribute this to production differentiation over the more premium Technic sets. That aside, I would strongly encourage that the stickers be applied as it would take the focus away from the panel gaps for the completed build.

Lego Technic Ferrari 488 GTE AF CORSE #51

WIP at stage one – Fuss free build. A functioning V8 engine with moving pistons and the rear axle/suspension.

Lego Technic Ferrari 488 GTE AF CORSE #51

The details of the functioning engine remains observation throughout the build and remains in view even after completion.

Lego Technic Ferrari 488 GTE AF CORSE #51

WIP at Stage two – The steering column is linked to the front axle, while the chassis and the interior is beginning to take shape. I was confused between steps by the diagrams in the instruction manual, but these were easily rectified.

Lego Technic Ferrari 488 GTE AF CORSE #51

The finer details – I’d wish for printed tiles here as I did my best to ensure that the stickers were centred with not much success.

Lego Technic Ferrari 488 GTE AF CORSE #51

WIP at Stage three – The front end takes shape with a whole load of panels that needed stickers to be applied. Alignment is key here. The blue elements were not flushed with the front end which did not fully replicate the front end of the actual Ferrari 588 GTE AF Corse #51 livery. I wonder if there are other Lego elements that could have better replicated the front end.

Lego Technic Ferrari 488 GTE AF CORSE #51

Cockpit takes shape with cluster and switch panel in place – with more stickers of course.

Lego Technic Ferrari 488 GTE AF CORSE #51

WIP at Stage four – The rear end begins to take shape. Unlike the front end, there are large gaps behind panels that may irk some.

Lego Technic Ferrari 488 GTE AF CORSE #51

Fully completed at Stage five of the build. The roof, pillars, wheels and spoiler are installed to complete the Ferrari 488 GTE. 

Lego Technic Ferrari 488 GTE AF CORSE #51

The wheels do not replicate the original and the rims were previously seen on the Lego Technic Land Rover Defender 42110.

Lego Technic Ferrari 488 GTE AF CORSE #51

Details of the AF Corse #51 livery with details of the drivers who participated in the race.

Lego Technic Ferrari 488 GTE AF CORSE #51

My personal favourite of the build – The rear and the simply yet beautifully replicated swan neck GT wing spoiler. The brake lamps, twin pipe exhaust and the rear diffuser (seen misaligned in the photo) takes the cake for me.

Lego Technic Ferrari 488 GTE AF CORSE #51

Upon completion, I found that the model was on a bit of a rally spec suspension that did not fully replicate how a true endurance racer would be like. I’d see the reason for this is to allow full suspension play of the Lego set – but this would take be an easy fix to lower (unofficial and not in the instructions).

Lego Technic Ferrari 488 GTE AF CORSE #51

Post modification, the Ferrari 488 GTE sits lower and closer to the real McCoy. 

Lego Technic Ferrari 488 GTE AF CORSE #51

Paired with the previously reviewed Lamborghini Sian FKP 37 42115. Note that the Lamborghini sits in the premium range of the Technic line and is also proportionally larger.

The overall complexity of the Ferrari 488 GTE AF Corse #51 has a recommended age of 18+ which is similar to Lamborghini Sian FKP 37 that we had built and reviewed in 2020. However, we had found that the Ferrari set took less than half the time (Roughly 7 hours in comparison to 20 years for the Lamborghini) to complete, yet was still as fun to assemble. The set was more forgiving in the sense that mistakes were easily recovered with minimal steps. With the entire nation still stuck on the island, it does not hurt to get a few Lego sets (including Technics) to build away during the holidays which will probably include the Lunar New Year festivities in February.

 

PROs

CONs

Forgivable – Mistakes are easily rectified

58 stickers to stick with plenty of alignment to do

Faster build in comparision to the 1/8 (large) scale Lego Technic series

Huge gaps between panels and gaping interior. Flimsy door panels and side skirts. Absolutely large wheel gap to allow for suspension travel.

Working differentials and engine mechanisms

Model does not look as striking and detailed as compared to the large scale series that includes the Porsche 911 GT3 RS (42056), Bugatti Chiron (42083) and the Lamborghini Sian FKP 37 (42115).


The set has been launched since 4
th January 2021 in Singapore. The LEGO Technic Ferrari 488 GTE “AF Corse #51” is available from LEGO Certified Stores, LEGO Official Store on Lazada, Shopee and Amazon, as well as major retailers and department stores in Singapore, priced at just S$279.90.

A special thanks to LEGO for providing the set to us for review. Note that all opinions expressed are of our own.

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