Lego Technic Supercar History

Supercars are always very appreciated by Lego fans and passionate children. “Lego Technic Supercar” means “a large Lego Technic vehicle with several realistic and instructive functions”, by example animated motor, differential, suspensions and steering for example. On this page, we propose you to discover or re-discover all Supercars made by Lego. Enjoy !


1977, the Lego 853 Car Chassis

Lego 853

The Lego 853 (not Technic, just “Lego”) is the first advanced “Supercar” set which was available in 1977. Despite the vehicle is very big, it contains only 601 pieces and numerous functions regarding the year and parts availability : steering, inline 4-cylinders motors, rear wheel drive, adjustable seats, and 2-speed gear box. Without the body, mechanical can be seen and learned easily. No suspensions for this set, because suspensions didn’t exist when the car has been produced.
This set has also been dispatched to United States of Ameria, with reference “Lego 956”.

FUNCTIONS
• Inline 4 cylinder motor
• Rear wheels drive
• 2 speeds gearbox
• Front wheels steering
• Adjustable seats
PIECES
• 601 pieces
AGE RANGE
• Unknown
PRICE
• Estimated actual value: 80$ 70€
AVAILABILITY
• From 1977
• To few years later

1980, the Lego 8860 Car Chassis

Lego 8860

The first apparition of rear suspension on this set, and we can see a preliminary version of suspension parts which have never been released. The Lego Technic 8860 is heavier and stronger than the previous Supercar, with similar functions plus suspensions. We can also note the usage of small 2*2 turntables for steering, detailed 4-cylinder motor with pipes and fan, exhausts, or very nice seats. There is no body for this supercar but very instructive for youngest builders and car fans.

FUNCTIONS
• Flat 4 cylinder motor
• Rear wheels drive
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• 4 speeds gearbox
• Front wheels steering
• Adjustable seats
PIECES
• 668 pieces
AGE RANGE
• Unknown
PRICE
• Estimated actual value: 70$ 60€
AVAILABILITY
• From 1980
• To few years later

1988, the Lego Technic 8865 Test Car

Lego-Technic-8865

Third supercar, the Lego Technic 8865 Test Car, which includes a body. It’s like an improved version of Lego 8860 in many ways, like the 4 cylinder engine in a V configuration, 3-speed transmission with differential, retractable head lights, adjustable seats, and working front and rear double wishbone suspension (the previous version has only rear suspension). The body is quite small in comparison chassis, so wheels exceed on sides.

FUNCTIONS
• 4 cylinder motor
• 3 speeds gearbox
• Rear wheels drive with differential
• Front and rear suspension
• Front wheels steering
• Adjustable seats
• Retractable head lights
PIECES
• 900 pieces
AGE RANGE
• From 11 to 14
• Suitable for adults also
PRICE
• Estimated actual value: 70$ 60€
AVAILABILITY
• From 1988
• To few years later

1994, the Lego Technic 8880 Super Car

Lego-Technic-8880

The Lego Technic 8880 is the most popular Supercar, the fist one with a real body and several and innovative functions. First, let’s focus on the style of this car: with a black color and yellow line, this 2-seats vehicle is looks like amazing and very sportive. The motor is placed in rear position, and drives all the 4 wheels! The 4 wheels also turn, they’re linked to the steering wheel and also to a small worm placed at the top of the car for better playability. 4-speed transmission, suspensions for all wheels, retractable head lights and high detailed interior achieve to convince child and adults. Awesome ! And we can again prove it today: the Lego Technic 8880 is still very appreciated, it can be sold more than 80$/75€ on eBay or other second-hand specialized websites.

FUNCTIONS
• 8 cylinder motor
• 4 speeds gearbox
• 4 wheels drive with 3 differentials
• 4 wheels steering
• Front and rear suspension
• Retractable head lights
• Rear hatch lifts up
PIECES
• 1343 pieces
AGE RANGE
• From 12 to 16
• Suitable for adults also
PRICE
• Estimated actual value: 100$ 90€
AVAILABILITY
• From 1994
• To few years later

1999, the Lego Technic 8448 Super Street Sensation

Lego-Technic-8448

The Lego Technic 8448 Super Street Sensation is not even popular than the previous version (8880 Super Car), but it’s more realistic and it’s the first Supercar which provides opening doors (for B-Model, the main version only have a retractable roof). Regarding functions, there is a 8 cylinders motor which can be placed at the front or at the back, full suspensions, steering on front wheels, 5 speed + reverse gearbox (the first almost realistic gearbox), and very dynamic style with red color and specific rims. One of the particularities of this car is the B-Model and other alternative models available: they’re based on body change, not on chassis changes. 2 versions are detailed with instructions (“spyder” + butterfly-doors version), and several other draws are given to inspire builders.

FUNCTIONS
• 8 cylinder motor
• 5 speeds + reverse gearbox
• Rear wheels drive with differential
• Front wheels steering
• Front and rear suspension
• Retractable roof, or openable hatch + doors
PIECES
• 1437 pieces
AGE RANGE
• Unknown
• Suitable for adults also
PRICE
• Estimated actual value: 150$ 130€
AVAILABILITY
• From 1999
• To few years later

2001, the Lego Technic 8466 4×4 Off-Roader

Lego-Technic-8466

The 4×4 Lego Technic 8466 is the only one “Off-Road Supercar”, with 4 wheel drive and 3 differentials (1 per axle + 1 central differential), big suspensions, 5 speed + reverse gearbox, openable butterfly doors, front wheel steering, and v8 motor. The style of this vehicle is not so nice but amazing when you have the vehicle in your hands, this impression is accentuated by size and weight of the 4×4 : it’s heavy and large ! Unfortunately, this Lego set is hard to find today and often expensive.

FUNCTIONS
• 8 cylinder motor
• 5 speeds + reverse gearbox
• 4 wheels drive with 3 differential
• Front wheels steering
• Front and rear suspension
• Openable doors & footsteps
PIECES
• 1102 pieces
AGE RANGE
• Unknown
PRICE
• Estimated actual value: 160$ 140€
AVAILABILITY
• From 2001
• To few years later

2005, the Lego Racers 8653 Ferrari Enzo

Lego-Racers-8653

The Lego Racers 8653 Ferrari Enzo is not in “Technic” line because the lack of functionalities and no B-Model. It replicates a nice Ferrari Enzo. Regarding functions : V12 motor, steering, and openable doors, opening trunk, and that’s all. There are no suspensions. This point is very disappointing if we consider features of precedent Supercars, and that’s another point to confirm the presence of this set in “Racers” line instead of “Technic” line.

Lego Racers 8653 Box Lego Racers 8653 Front Lego Racers 8653 Rear

FUNCTIONS
• 12 cylinder motor
• Rear wheels drive with differential
• Front wheels steering
• Openable doors
PIECES
• 1360 pieces
AGE RANGE
• 10 and more
• Suitable for adults also
PRICE
• Retail price (in 2005) : 100$ 79€
• Estimated actual value: 200$ 170€
AVAILABILITY
• From 2005
• To few years later

2007, the Lego Racers 8145 Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano

Lego-Racers-81451

Again, this vehicle is in “Racers” line instead of “Technic” line, due to lack of functions and absence of B-Model. There are no suspensions and no gearbox. Nevertheless, the style is very good and the functions are well designed : 12-cylinder motor, steering, and openable parts. Suitable for Ferrari fans for style and Ferrari License, but not recommended for Lego Technic fans due to lack of functions. The Lego Technic 8880 released 8 years before was really better than this Ferrari.

Lego Racers 8145 Box Lego Racers 8145 Lego Racers 8145 Side

FUNCTIONS
• 12 cylinder motor
• Rear wheels drive with differential
• Front wheels steering
• Openable doors
• Openable hood
• Openable trunk
PIECES
• 1327 pieces
AGE RANGE
• From 10 to 16
• Suitable for adults also
PRICE
• Retail price (in 2007) : 110$ 79€
• Estimated actual value: 200$ 170€
AVAILABILITY
• From January 2007
• To end of 2008

2011, the Lego Technic 8070 Super Car

Lego-Technic-8070

This supercar has a great look, but it’s one of the less instructive and worst Supercar ever made. Why ? because even if the car has suspensions, steering and V8 motor, the additional motorized functions are doors, aileron, and hood which is very strange and not appropriate for a Lego Technic “Supercar”. At the back of the vehicle, we can see the battery box which is sadly very visible. In conclusion, the Lego Technic 8070 is not very instructive, motorized functions are not interesting, and only look is appreciable.

Lego Technic 8070 Box Lego Technic 8070 Lego Technic 8070 Rear Lego Technic 8070 Doors Lego Technic 8070 Hood Lego Technic 8070 HotRod Doors Lego Technic 8070 HotRod Lego Technic 8070 HotRod

FUNCTIONS
• 8 cylinder motor
• Rear wheels drive with differential
• Front wheels steering
• Front and rear suspensions
• Motorised openable doors, hood
• Motorised spoiler unfolding
PIECES
• 1281 pieces
• Power-Functions: 1 “Medium” motors, battery box
AGE RANGE
• From 11 to 16
PRICE
• Retail price (in 2007) : 119$ 110€
• Estimated actual value: 100$ 100€
AVAILABILITY
• From January 2011
• To end of 2012

2015, the Lego Technic 42039 24 Hours Race Car

Lego Technic 42039

Green color, 24-hours race car look, big dimensions and very low height, the Lego Technic 42039 24 Hours Race Car is one of the very rare race cars in Lego Technic history. Several functions are represented on this set: suspensions, steering, V8 motor, opening doors and rear body part. Doors and rear trunk can be opened thanks to a gear, it’s quite strange but let’s admit it. The body is not perfect by any means but let’s be honest it’s a good representation of the vehicle is supposed to be, there are several interesting and instructive functions: that’s why the Lego Technic 42039 is one of the better Lego Technic Supercar of these last years.


Lego Technic 42039 Box Lego Technic 42039 B-Model Lego Technic 42039 Lego Technic 42039 Motor Lego Technic 42039 Doors

FUNCTIONS
• 8 cylinder motor
• Rear wheels drive with differential
• Front wheels steering
• Front and rear suspensions
• Openable doors and hood
PIECES
• 1219 pieces
AGE RANGE
• From 11 to 16
PRICE
• Retail price (in 2015) : 129$ 90€
• Estimated actual value: 80$ 70€
AVAILABILITY
• From January 2015
• To end of 2016

2016, the Lego Technic 42056 Porsche 911 GT3 RS

Lego Technic 42056 Porsche 911 GT3 RS

This is the last one Supercar ever released by Lego. The Lego Technic 42056 is a Porsche 911 GT3 RS has an orange color, with big dimensions and lots of details. Several new parts help for this: new rims, new panels for wheels arch, and some other new smaller panels. Regarding functions, this Porsche includes a flat 6-cylinder engine at the back, sequential gearbox on steering wheel, opening doors, opening hood with a suitcase, and a glove compartment with a unique model serial number. Awesome ! Few kinks also, the major one is the sequential gearbox in two parts: front/reverse lever, plus 4-speed sequential gearbox. In consequence, this Porsche has 4 normal gears and 4 reverse gears, which is ugly. The 6-cylinder motor doesn’t work with 1st, 2nd, and 3rd gears, it works only with the 4th gear due to friction, sadly. But this Porsche is really nice and will be appreciated by Porsche fans.

Lego Technic 42056 Box Lego Technic 42056 Box Back Lego Technic 42056 Porsche 911 GT3 RS Lego 42056 Rear View Lego 42056 Rear View Trunk Opened Lego 42056 Chassis

FUNCTIONS
• 6 cylinder motor
• Rear wheels drive with differential
• Front wheels steering
• Front and rear suspensions
• Openable doors, hood and trunk
• Adjustable spoiler
• Sequential 4-speed transmission
PIECES
• 2704 pieces
AGE RANGE
• From 16 and more
• Suitable for adults
PRICE
• Retail price (in 2015) : 299$ 299€
• Estimated actual value: 230$ 230€
AVAILABILITY
• From January 2016
• To end of 2017