How we raced and built the BMW M 1000 RR thanks to LEGO® Technic™

Recently, the folks over at The LEGO® Group teamed up with us here for the release of the LEGO® Technic™ BMW M 1000 RR model.The LEGO Group gave us the freedom to build it at 1:5 scale and with 1,920 pieces to assemble it. We did something absurd in our usual fashion.

John and I decided to race it and settled on a ten hour build time. Ride 4, a title by Milestone featuring the same BMW M 1000 RR, split across Suzuka, the Guia Circuit in Macau, and the infamous Nordschleife.


In theory, those laps will total ten hours, and I all had to do was complete the build before John crossed the line at the Nürburgring. We live-streamed the whole process on the Traxion.GG YouTube channel. You can still view it in full if desired!

Building the Lego Technic BMW M 1000 RR setThe eventual stream of 11-hours and 45 minutes flew by. The functional gearbox, which is arguably the most complex part of the build, also features moving pistons. This feature is a staple in many LEGO Technic models.

As you begin to surround the engine block with reinforcements and detailing, you move on to the display stand, which bears the first and largest sticker in the set, detailing the specs of the real M 1000 RR you’re building.

It was easy to build the stand so that the engine block looks more like a motorcycle. Both the front and rear suspensions are fully functional, with the handlebars working to turn the front wheel. As for the back wheel, a gold chain is strung through to the engine block – what a challenge it was to put all the 62 pieces together for this element.

Here are the majority of stickers, which feature the tri-colour BMW M branding. I made my first error, using the wrong extension piece for step 619. I am sorry. The LEGO Group doesn’t get its instructions wrong, so read them carefully!

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In my defence, I was in a race with John, who was quite happily romping through his finals laps on the Nordschleife at this point. I wouldn’t say that moment cost me the race, but we’ll run with that anyway.

This bike is one of the most convincing LEGO Technic models that has ever been built. Seeing the bodywork parts I’ve used on entirely different models work to create a motorbike’s side panels rather than a rear wing on a McLaren Senna model always astonishes me.

I have the greatest respect for the designers who created these products. This 1:15 scale replica is amazing. From the convincing brake pads, lines on the front wheels, to the interchangeable dashboard pieces, I was amazed at the level of detail.

If you’re a motorcycle fan, enjoy motorsport, or just love building LEGO Technic models, you’ll have a blast building the Lego Technic BMW M 1000 RR set.

Thank you so much to The LEGO Group

The LEGO Technic BMW M 1000 RR 42130 set is now available from the LEGO Shop.

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How we raced and built the BMW M 1000 RR thanks to LEGO® Technic™

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