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1/9 TVR Cerbera Speed 12
1/9 scale TVR Cerbera Speed 12, the most insane lego model built of the most insane car ever built.
About this creation

Hi,

Well... here it is.

A full year and a half after the first WIP page was posted on here (OK, admittedly only a few days worth of work, and about a year and a half of patience) , I'm finally both home, and have the last parts needed for the car at the same time. Don't ask why it took so long for me to order a couple of dozen parts on bricklink, the point is it's done now. At last.

Although not the biggest (the 1/8 deco-ride) , or most accurate (in my opinion, the 1/10 Bugatti), I would say that this is my best-made lego car. I mean come on, look up the TVR Cerbera Speed 12. That is one awkward shape, with curves and cuts all over the place - I don't think the car has one straight edge... yet somehow I've surprised myself by somehow representing it fairly well in lego.

This car is so cool I had just had to immortalise it in big model form. I'll avoid a history lesson and just say that if you're unaware of this car, or want to learn more - just google it. The wikipedia article is pretty good and there's enough info elsewhere. Unfortunately not many videos of the car in action - only showing it at a fraction of its potential... but still awe-inspring nonetheless.
For all you 12-year-olds who think that whatever lamborghini and ferrari is the newest, and the bugatti veyron are the three coolest cars on earth (until the next model comes out) I'll just point out that this car has a power-to-weigt ratio double that of the Volkswagen Veyron. It's the only car that was considered 'too powerful to sell' ... and tat was coming from the head of TVR - the one company that makes cars that are insanely fast at a low price, regardless off safety and all that boring stuff. If *they* say that the car is insane, then it really is.

Anyway - on to the lego model. The scale, 1/9, was judged by the scale of the wheels compared to the real thing, as it is in all my other big-scale cars. The rest of the car was then built around it to fit within scale.
It has a fully removable bonnet, like the real car, where you can see the plastic counterpart of the car's speed 12 engine, a mad fusion of two of the speed 6 engines found in cars such as the tuscan, sagaris, t350, cerbera and others.
The doors open, and I'm happy with home the doorline/window shape came out so close to the original. Inside is the black interior, passenger side with fire extinguisher and glovebox; driver side full of various gizmos and something-ometers (the curvy, sloping shape of TVR interior was quite hard to reproduce with lego).

Not many functions as, like usual, I concentrate more on making the car look accurate, and then functions are secondary - if there's space to fix the workings for moving parts and stuff, then I'll add them; if not, tough luck. This car just had the removable bonnet, opening doors and working steering.

As for the bodywork though... I'm quite happy with the result. The hard shape of the car was quite a challenge (an enjoyable one though) and certain angles look really good in my opinion. The only bit I couldn't copy were on the bonnet, there are two rows of slits on either side - the inner row being horizontal (which I did add) and the outer row diagonal, which just couldn't be done in lego... I'm not going to be pedantic about it; after all, the real car has undergone lots of various bodywork changes over the years anyway.

So there we go. An unexpected change of plan meaning I'm spending christmas at home and not in UK mean you don't have to wait til the summer to see this finished... consider it a little christmas present from me to you.... now where's my gift ??? haha... I hope you like it :)


















































P.S. Thanks a lot to Stacey, who owns the Bricklink store "about town, castle and train" for helping me get some of the bits I needed to finish this - I recommend you check out his excellent stock if you're in need of anything yourself :)

P.P.S. Due to the constant needing big (expensive...) wheels and steering wheels; and the amount of parts that these big cars are taking (and thus parts I can't use for other things since I like these cars too much to break them) I think i'll give the cars a bit of a break for a while and concentrate on my Black Sun Empire and Star Wars efforts for a while. This is going to be the last big car in a while; cherish it :)

~Dan



Comments

 I like it 
  November 10, 2013
Great car! 5/5
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  November 10, 2013
you have well and truly nailed the rear. more than impresive, insane scale.
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  November 7, 2013
Quoting Karl M. K. I actually think it looks even better than the real thing cuz yours has a higher beltline which on the real car is too low IMO and makes it look a bit odd. And i love how you have managed all those curves so well. I have to agree with you on the new cars being not so cool as older ones (generally speaking). The Veyron isnt my favourite either but it is a masterpiece in a different way with all of its technology. But the TVR is just in a different league being plain bonkers which makes it way more interesting. So a very good car to stand out of the crowd with.
Haha well any difference between mine and the real one is unintentional - not easy replicating such an outrageous shape with rectangular bricks! I suppose the only reason I have a partial dislike towards the Veyron is the name - in my opinion, trying to revive a brand that died out decades ago simply should't be done. With such a big time gap, there's no way any new car will bear any true resemblance to the older ones, and any fans of the original brand are unlikely to like new cars from the 'same' brand (er, VW...). If it were badged as a VW supercar (much like the Audi R8), I'd probably think a little otherwise. I just think that reviving long-defunct car makes should be limited to making new, accurate replicas of the old cars - much like Pur Sang in Argentina does with Bugattis now. Basically, a brand new Type 35 which is recognised and accepted by the Bugatti community as being as good as an original.
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  October 23, 2013
I actually think it looks even better than the real thing cuz yours has a higher beltline which on the real car is too low IMO and makes it look a bit odd. And i love how you have managed all those curves so well. I have to agree with you on the new cars being not so cool as older ones (generally speaking). The Veyron isnt my favourite either but it is a masterpiece in a different way with all of its technology. But the TVR is just in a different league being plain bonkers which makes it way more interesting. So a very good car to stand out of the crowd with.
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  August 21, 2013
So cool as I remembered it!
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  February 4, 2012
Quoting Graham Abbott Fantastic. I happen to own that very car and would love to use a couple of your pictures on my "Speed 12" facebook page. Please let me know if that is OK. Perhaps you could make another model based on the new Speed 12 currently being built. Thanks Graham.
Glad you like it :) You would be very welcome to put some photos of it on your page (which I have been following, it's been interesting seeing the second car slowly take shape) It would be interesting to make a model of the other one too, perhaps on a bigger scale to get the 'difficult' shape more accurate; however Lego isn't particularly cheap, and being but a poor student, I can't see it happening any time soon, to be honest. I love TVRs, especially this one - even though it is the complete polar opposite to my little Messerschmitt. If you had the time and interest, it would be great to see some more videos of the car, as there seem to be so few around. - Dan
  February 3, 2012
Fantastic. I happen to own that very car and would love to use a couple of your pictures on my "Speed 12" facebook page. Please let me know if that is OK. Perhaps you could make another model based on the new Speed 12 currently being built. Thanks Graham.
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  January 18, 2012
Super creation of a supercar !
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  November 11, 2011
Your best creation yet! Excellent job!
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  June 8, 2011
mmmm, dommage! je compatit!, avec quelques scenes demontees...pour en avoir besoin encore apres!!!...lol!
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  June 8, 2011
Quoting cyberfrank 2010 ah oui j ai oublie, dan, en tant qu ami, je veux que tu aille le plus de succes possible, d accord?...stp, met tes textes ENTRE les pics! les gros blocks de textes sont decoureageants, ton historique est super! il faut que le monde le lise, c est tres instructif, et ca parle de ta passion!...on prends vite la sale habitude de 'skipper' les textes pour voir les pics!!!...dilue un peu plus! ca marche, etudie mes posts! bonne chance dan!!!
Oui, je sais bien que c'est plus joli... je faisais cela avant, mais plus récamment, avec un grand nombre de photos, c'est parfois un peu confus, puis plus facile de faire un gros bloc... je ferai plus d'effort pour le prochain :) D'ailluers, après leur avoir enlevé la poussière, je viens de prendre une photo de toutes mes voitures (actuelles) que j'ai mis sur ma page sur le site... j'aurais dû penser à ça avant de casser la Lotus pour faire la Ford, la Lotus était plus jolie...
 I like it 
  June 8, 2011
ah oui j ai oublie, dan, en tant qu ami, je veux que tu aille le plus de succes possible, d accord?...stp, met tes textes ENTRE les pics! les gros blocks de textes sont decoureageants, ton historique est super! il faut que le monde le lise, c est tres instructif, et ca parle de ta passion!...on prends vite la sale habitude de 'skipper' les textes pour voir les pics!!!...dilue un peu plus! ca marche, etudie mes posts! bonne chance dan!!!
 I made it 
  June 8, 2011
Quoting cyberfrank 2010 impressionant! je ne suis plus actuel dans les voitures...trop occupe, pas assez d argent pour y rever, mais tu as fait un bon sommaire de ce qui ce passe en scene! alors c est ca la bombe? tres belle! me fait penser a la derniere rx-7! mais tunee a fond!!! a part le capot, qui me semble manquer...quelque chose, ou tros bas dans certaines pics, elle est parfaite! tu gardes tes voitures alors! ca serait plutot cool de toutes les voir ensemble! super travail dan!!!
Haha je ne suis pas très actual dans les voitures non plus... je préfère les designs d'avant; avec quelques exceptions, il n'y a pas grand chose après le millennaire qui m'intéresse. Cette TVR avait été conçue en '97, sortie (je crois) en '99, et modifiée jusqu'à la version montrée ici quelques années après. Si je trouve que j'ai assez de pièces pour en faire une autre, cela montrera le genre de voiture qui m'intéresse beaucoup, en plus des vieilles des années 20/30 déjà construites ici. C'est une idée ympa de les voir ensemble, je n'y avais pas pensé avant - et je crois que ça serait sympa même de mettre ça sur ma page de profil. Je ferai ça prochainement... - Dan
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  June 8, 2011
impressionant! je ne suis plus actuel dans les voitures...trop occupe, pas assez d argent pour y rever, mais tu as fait un bon sommaire de ce qui ce passe en scene! alors c est ca la bombe? tres belle! me fait penser a la derniere rx-7! mais tunee a fond!!! a part le capot, qui me semble manquer...quelque chose, ou tros bas dans certaines pics, elle est parfaite! tu gardes tes voitures alors! ca serait plutot cool de toutes les voir ensemble! super travail dan!!!
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  April 16, 2011
Quoting De Tomaso Pantera This is one rude boy of a car! You got the shape down really well. Did you use the 1:9 Ferrari F1 to make this? I recognise the wheels (i've got 8 lol). I must build something in this scale. Really good build!
Thanks :) Nah, didn't use the Ferrari set... I haven't actually bought a new lego set since... well at least half a dozen years - witht he exception of a couple of star wars UCS sets; but I don't count them with the rest of my lego as I keep them built and separate. I usually just buy random mixed lots at flea markets when it's cheap enough. This one needed a dozen parts I didn't have, which I got from Bricklink. - Dan
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  April 16, 2011
This is one rude boy of a car! You got the shape down really well. Did you use the 1:9 Ferrari F1 to make this? I recognise the wheels (i've got 8 lol). I must build something in this scale. Really good build!
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  April 5, 2011
I can just see this car tearing up the track...can you please comment on my Ferrari F40 LM? Thank you!
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  March 29, 2011
This is really nice and is very accurate. I love the curves- only possible with mixing studded and smooth. The detail on the dash is brilliant. I also like the steering - mixing technic functions with racer/creator looks. Excellent
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  March 6, 2011
Excellent bodywork and beautiful interior! I like the wrap-around cockpit for the driver and the fire extinguisher on the floor! I like the way you've used mainly older-style bricks, apart from the wheels, which is a good thing! Top Work!
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  March 4, 2011
i'v seen this in toca race driver. its cool
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  January 4, 2011
Wow.. how did I miss this! It's finally done! Congrats on really complicate MOC - not just the complicate techniques you've used here, but on successfuly completing a very complex car itself. You just rised studded technique few more classes higher!
 I made it 
  January 1, 2011
Quoting Vincent Rozenberg how long does it take for you to make a car? btw awesome
Thanks :) And to answer your question... really not long at all. To put a twist on the old quote, building a big lego car is 1% building, 99% waiting. For bricklink orders that is. For those that I've had the parts all ready, like the big white car, the building itself goes really quickly - between a couple of days and a week (though not 24/7 of course). - Dan
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  December 31, 2010
how long does it take for you to make a car? btw awesome
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  December 25, 2010
Nicely done, I know the car from a game, Forza Motorsports, I like the TVR cars because of their unique designs, I think you managed to capture the shape nicely (btw, on that game this car is the second fastest I think)
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  December 25, 2010
Very nice with a good overall shape!
  December 24, 2010
Merry Christmas! BTW.
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  December 24, 2010
Finally the TVR! It turned out really great, love the way you made the roof lines, also lovely work at the sides, all in all very accurate model, keep it up.
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  December 23, 2010
Nice! I don't really like the Cerbera Speed 12, but your model has made me think different about this car( in a good way) Great job
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  December 23, 2010
ohh i love this car :)
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  December 23, 2010
Wonderful creation! Sexy in red!
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  December 23, 2010
I've been looking forward to this for a while and it doesn't disappoint.. the shape you gave this complex model is outstanding, all the better for using standard parts and showing studs - I like a Lego car to look like it's made from Lego! I also know how hard it is to break up something like this and appreciate it may be a while before you use these parts again. Great job!
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  December 23, 2010
Superb job on a difficult car! This was the first car I got over 300 on GranTurismo4, and you replicated it perfectly! The interior console is brilliant, and the shape is just right.
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  December 23, 2010
A marvelous car, sadly the studs don't fit it.
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  December 23, 2010
WOW! Thats amazingly detailed!!!!!
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  December 23, 2010
AMAZING!
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  December 23, 2010
.....What?....your not, um. 0_0" Fantastic and realistic.
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  December 23, 2010
Awesome!
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  December 23, 2010
But....how....i wish i could.....JEALOUS!!!! ~Matt
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  December 23, 2010
Great work - the engine escpecially is phenominal. The interior is nicely replicated too - and all the better for using normal parts. However, I do think you could improve this - the arch of the bonnet from wing to wing is absent from your version - making it look too flat a surface. Other than that you've captured the difficult curves really well. 5/5 - but I reckon a few tweaks could make it more accurate still
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  December 23, 2010
Thank you for the geat Christmas gift for the MOC comunity.This is perfect!
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  December 23, 2010
Amazing!
 
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