LEGO® Set Review: 8440 Octan Indy Racer
Formula Flash (us)
Bolide de Formule Indy (fr)
Auto de Carreras Rojo (es)
Stor LEGO TECHNIC Formel 1 racer (da)
Formula Indy Racer (uk)
Octan Indy Racer (sh)
Technic / Tech Build
Ages 10-16 / 413 Pcs
44 page manual: 2 models, 21/17 steps.
Price Range: $40 - $50 (US)
Review Written: 19 August 1995 by Patrick Yagle
Special Features / Compatibility
Scale: Although I haven't tried it yet, it looks as though a Technic figure will
be a perfect fit.
Errors: This is a first for me ... a melted element. There was a black toggle
joint whose center was melted half away. Not a big deal since it was left
over from the construction of the primary model.
An excellent set. I recommend it whole-heartedly.
The set is a good sized open-wheeled race car in red and black. The
primary model is very realistic, with 6-cylinder engine (with hoses),
realistic steering, wings, etc. As with most open-wheeled race cars,
the engine is mounted amidships, behind the driver. The secondary
model is a '50's style American hot-rod with an exposed V-6 engine up
I'm sure the first thing everyone is wondering is how I managed to get
my hands on this set, since it only recently became available in Europe.
Well, my Dad is in the US Air Force and is stationed in southern Germany.
A few months ago, I told my Mom to keep an eye our for this set and get
it for me when she sees it. Well, she called last weekend and had just
purchased it for me. I received it in the mail today.
The next question you probably have is why I haven't I mentioned the
suspension. Well, contrary to what we all thought, there isn't one.
There are, indeed, many suspension elements, but they are locked
stationary in this set. I was a little disappointed, but the set is
I've been impressed with the realism of the more recent Technic sets,
most notably the 8880 Super Car. This set keeps that realism alive,
just in a smaller scale.
Set Rating:Must-Have This set is a must for anyone who collects Technic LEGO. The new large
assortment of suspension elements and the new flex system elements are
a must for designing a Technic vehicle.
Model Rating:Must-Have The construction of this model is very well executed. Particularly
clever is the manner by which the rear wing is attached to the model.
Playability Rating:Excellent Every kid could become Andretti or Fittipaldi in his (or her) mind with
I've said it before, and I'll say it again: I HATE DECALS!! There are 27
(!) decals in this set. Only 9 of them do NOT span multiple elements. I
am probably going to follow recent suggestions on rec.toys.lego and have
them color photocopied onto Post-It (TM) paper.
Where should I begin? There are so many new/special elements ...
- cross-axle -
- grey, approximately 3 studs in length, with a
stud on one end
- tires/wheels -
- approx. 2" in diameter, tread similar to those on
the 8880 Super Car
- flex-system -
- in addition to the two flex system rods, there are
two new types of ends for the rods. The first has
a hole in the center to accept a cross-axle, and
fittings on both ends to accept the flex system rods.
The flex system rods insert into the ends of this
element, after which the connector hinges shut to
lock the rod in place (it's very hard to describe).
The other type of end is a new type which accepts ball
- suspension -
- Includes the same style suspension pieces as used on the
front end of the 8858 Big Foot truck. Also included
are new style A-arms which accept the steering elements
used in the 8858.
- steering -
- same steering elements as in the 8858.
- rubber hose
Age (at review)
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