The iconic 1979 Ferrari 312T4 as driven by Gilles Villeneuve is part of the latest set in Lego's 'Speed Champions' series
The Lego Speed Champions series has some brilliant motorsport-themed sets, from classic Le Mans cars like the Ford GT40 and Porsche 917 to one featuring the 2016 Mercedes F1 team.
Some new sets for this year have just been announced, the absolute highlight of which has to be the ‘Ultimate Ferrari Garage’. It includes three cars from three eras of the Scuderia’s history - the current 488 GTE, legendary 250 GTO and - best of all - the 312T4 as driven by Gilles Villeneuve during the 1979 F1 season.
His teammate Jody Scheckter may have won the title that year, but it was Gilles who elevated himself to a god-like status that season by doing things like lapping 11 seconds faster than anyone else at a wet Watkins Glen and banging wheels with René Arnoux for lap after lap at Dijon.
Then there was the Dutch Grand Prix at Zandvoort where he suffered a puncture and then drove back to the pits at maximum speed, often on just two wheels and with sparks flying everywhere - something that the adaptable Lego should make it easy to recreate (OK, maybe not the sparking bit).
That’s not the only motorsport-themed set that’s being released, however. There’s also the WRC title-winning M-Sport Ford Fiesta from last year, the final iteration of the Porsche 919 LMP1 car, and a GT3 version of the Ferrari 488 which took Christina Nielsen and Alessandro Balzan to the GTD championship in IMSA last season.
Yeah, we’re going to be needing ALL of these!