Super Car (us)
LEGO TECHNIC Supercar (da,de)
Daytona VX4 Super Car (uk)
Special Features / Compatibility
Scale: Too large for Technic figures, but this is a good point. Wheels would make it a good candidate for scale with the 8857 Street Chopper.
Errors: One errata sheet was included with the instructions, clarifying a step in the instructions (application of steering linkages onto ball joints). Possibly not necessary.
|Ratings:||Set: Must-Have||Models: Excellent||Playability: Good|
Second model is the Formula 1 Racer, with two speeds. Same black body/yellow pinstriping look. Also with V8 engine. Only the front wheels turn in F1 Racer.
Front of box is 3/4 view of Super Car, inside lid is various shots of Super Car: Dashboard, Full underside, Rear view with hatchback opened, Front close-up of hood, and Middle inset drawing of the inside of the stick-shift/transmission assembly.
The Super Car is, without a doubt, the most impressive set that The LEGO Group has yet produced. Your first hint is the thick cardboard box the set comes in, like the boxes of 8868 Air Tech Claw Rig and 8094 Control Center. The second is the very large element count — 1,343 pieces — and the third is from the life-size photo of the set on the front cover of the box. This is no blown-up photo, the model really is that large!
Other sets (such as the various LEGO trucks, and the 8856 Rescue Helicopter) have models that are as long as the Super Car, but none of them are also as wide, and as filled with bulk. This model is solid, and hefty.
The four-wheel steering works like 4WS would, with the back wheels turning 1/2 as quickly as the front ones do. The transmission is true 4-speed, with the engine turning very quickly in first gear, and quite slowly in fourth. (With each car, we've gotten one more gear, and a better transmission. When's REVERSE coming?)
The suspension is powerful but forgiving. Run over short obstacles at high speed, and the suspension acts as you'd expect it to. Three differential gearboxes along the drive train allow the four wheels to share the work properly.
The back of the car opens to show off the V8 engine. A quick jab to the side support brings the back down again. A black knob in the engine compartment can be used to steer the vehicle, as the steering wheel in the cab can occasionally be difficult to reach.
A mid-mounted lever in the center of the dashboard controls the pop-up headlights, which have an unsatisfying short throw to them. While the rear-view mirrors look adjustable, all they do is swivel up or down.
While at first glance, the set looks pretty complete, there is plenty of room for expansion or experimentation here. The LEGO designers left off all the body work except for the frame, so the enterprising builder has much to do. The car doesn't have a reverse gear, and it should be easy to add (albeit perhaps at the expense of TWO of the forward gears).
While the car does the right thing going from "person power" BACK to the engine, it would be nice (and possibly a real trick) to actually make Technic motors supply the power, and have the wheels driven, instead of doing the driving. With the additional of an electric system, true headlights (and possibly turn signals?) would be a nice addition.
Older large LEGO Technic cars had adjustable seats. Perhaps that can be added back here. A true movable moon-roof instead of the hole that's there now. A little imagination, and the Super Car could be transformed into something more advanced.
Those who oppose specialization of elements should beware this set, however. It has the largest collection of specialized pieces yet. The steering and transmission use entirely new components, and the V8 engine uses the new-style camshaft, throw rods, and piston heads. The new tires are especially nice.
A kid might get a kick out the size of the beast, and watching the pistons move does have a certain fascination, but money would be better spent on other Technic sets for playability (The 8868 Air Tech Claw Rig, at the same price, is much more playable, and the 8856 Rescue Helicopter, at about 1/2 the price, is lots of fun as well).
The car simply does its job well, driving around. There are few extra doo-dads to play with along the way.
4-speed transmission seems almost secondary to model. Would like LEGO to come with a clever way to motorize the model (even if it required 2+ motors).
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I'm primarily a collector of Technic and Model Team sets, although Space is a close third. I'm a "model" enthusiast first, an elements collector ("collection builder") second. Also, when it comes to a set like this, or most Technic sets for that matter, I welcome the specialization of elements.
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