90's NASCAR Racer . For all my fellow NASCAR fans. There's a very interesting story behind this car. I was looking through Johannes R's Brickshelf folder a few weeks ago, and was shocked to find an absolutely fantastic-looking stock car in his folder of abandonned projects! It seemed a shame to let it sit there unfinished, so I decided to finish what was started. .
Now let's get things spinning! (In NASCAR, this is called spinning out.)
This is my favorite angle of the car, because of the way the lines flow along.
From the back. This is usually what you see before the car dissapears over the horizon.
Take a look at that chassis! It's complete with a driveshaft and twin exhaust pipes.
Notice the yellow 2x4 plate at the back? I put that there to look like the bottom of the fuel cell. But more on that later.
Remember that boring engine design from the Charger? It has been... (deep breath) REDEEMED!! Just combine a couple of different colors, slap on a curved 2x3 plate to look like an air filter, and you've got yourself one sweeeeeeet engine. Uh, vroom? No, wait....
VROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM!!!!! Whoa, I just scared myself...
A better shot of the engine. Doesn't the yellow look nice against the blue?
Yes, Firas! There's an opening trunk. But for groceries this isn't. On a NASCAR racer, this where you'll find the gas tank... Uh, fuel cell.... Call it whatever you want.
Now let's take a look at some internal shots, for a better view of the interior, and a little bit of the internal structure.
One of the cool things about this car is it comes apart in several large sections, which makes it extremely easy to work on. But don't think for one second that this makes the car fragile! Once you put it all back together, it's as solid as a rock.
(a blue plastic rock?!)
The interior is plain and barren, strictly for racing.
To bad it's not a slightly larger scale. I could've added a nice roll cage...
Now let's swing 'round to the back to get a better shot of that fuel cell.
Here's where the fuel cell comes together. Just look through that hole in the technic beam, and you can see how the yellow plate on the bottom and the yellow plates on the top create this little illusion. It actually looks like the fuel cell goes all the way through the chassis, just like on the real thing. Pretty cool, if I do say so myself.
Update: March 24th, 2009. I was just exploring the idea of adding race numbers. Thirty-nine is actually my unlucky number. Whenever I'm playing an arcade racing game, mainly NASCAR, I always finish 39th, no matter how hard I race. I must be cursed!
Instead of using decals, I was able to build it into the side of the car with yellow bricks.
There's two problems with this, though. First you get a weird reversed image of the number on the inside of the car. And second, using all those small bricks in the side makes the car kind of fragile. I highly doubt that I'll keep the car this way, but at least I know it's possible.
NASCAR racers, old and new. Well, if you can call the 90's new!
Wait, what's this?! A challenge!!!
Aaawww, crud! It looks like the old technology still rules!
[NO LEGO CARS WERE HARMED IN THE FILMING OF THIS RACE.]
NASCAR fans, feel free to comment! Especially if you happen to be a Jeff Gordon fan.