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LEGO brings iconic 1966 Ford GT40 and 2016 Ford GT to life as part of new series

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No matter how old you get, you’re never too old for LEGO’s – particularly if you’re a racing fan.

To that end, LEGO has introduced a new Speed Champions line that will bring back some great old memories, as well as new ones.

Most notable in the LEGO Speed Champions series is Ford race cars that won the 24 Hours of Le Mans 50 years apart: the iconic Ford GT40 in 1966 and the Ford GT in 2016.

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The series includes cars, mini figures, checkered flags, course workers, championship trophies and racetracks to, as a media release says, “help to bring famous victories to life again and again.”

“Many people in my team grew up with the legend of Ford’s history-making 1966 victory – and experienced the excitement of building and design for the first time through LEGO bricks,” said Dave Pericak, global director, Ford Performance. “This kit is a powerful way to tell our Le Mans story, and will hopefully inspire the race drivers, engineers, and designers of the future.”

Ford and LEGO engineers and officials worked together on developing the project.

“This was a dream project – with a lot of pressure,” said Craig Callum, head of design, LEGO Speed Champions. “The Ford GT40 is one of the most iconic race cars of all time, and the new Ford GT is just incredible.

“Designed for children, but with grown-ups fans in mind too, we know these models will be closely scrutinized for authenticity.”

Check out the following video of Callum assembling the new kit in record time:

To order, go to LEGO.com/shop. However, one bit of bad news: they won’t be available for Christmas. Release date is March 1, 2017. Still, it’ll be worth the wait.

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Hamilton tops second Abu Dhabi F1 practice with new track record

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Lewis Hamilton swept to the top of the timesheets in second Formula 1 practice for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Friday evening, beating Ferrari rival Sebastian Vettel by one-tenth of a second.

Hamilton trailed Vettel through the daytime-run opening practice session, but managed to strike back by recording a new track record at the Yas Marina Circuit for Mercedes.

Hamilton recorded a fastest lap time of 1:37.877 to finish one-tenth of a second clear of Vettel at the checkered flag, appearing to have an edge across a single lap on the ultra-soft tire.

Red Bull threw its hat into the ring as a possible rival for pole through Daniel Ricciardo, who finished the session third-fastest, three-tenths of a second back from Hamilton at the head of the field.

Kimi Raikkonen ended FP2 in fourth place in the sister Ferrari, finishing within half a second of Hamilton, and managed to edge out fellow Finn Valtteri Bottas, who was a further two-tenths back in P5.

Max Verstappen failed to get in a quick flying lap during FP2, ending the session one second down in P6 for Red Bull.

Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon’s tight intra-team fight at Force India continued through FP2 as the pair were separated by just 0.01 seconds, taking seventh and eighth respectively to finish as the leading midfield drivers.

Nico Hulkenberg and Fernando Alonso completed the top 10 for Renault and McLaren, with Felipe Massa following in 11th for Williams on his final Friday appearance in F1.

Massa was fortunate to avoid an accident with Ricciardo during the final 15 minutes of the session after a mix up at the hairpin when the Brazilian tried to get a wider line for the back straight.

Running in Abu Dhabi continues with final practice at Yas Marina on Saturday morning from 5am ET on the NBC Sports app, followed by qualifying at 8am ET on NBCSN.