Modern building materials have gotten so complex. Sure, extensive use of carbon fiber and aluminum can keep weight down without sacrificing body rigidity, but wouldn’t it be fun if building materials were less expensive and more accessible to the masses? Perhaps small-Danish-building-block-accessible?
We got a look at the newest Forza expansion during Xbox’s E3 2019 presentation this weekend: Forza Horizon 4 Lego Speed Champions. The $19.99 expansion welcomes players into a unique Lego-themed world including a blocky city, a brick-built airport runway perfect for drag racing, and fields of plastic Lego flowers to bomb across in your Lego 1967 Mini Cooper S Rally. Alongside the Mini, the launch trailer gives us a peek at driveable Lego versions of the Ferrari F40 Competizione and FH4’s cover car, the McLaren Senna.
We’ve seen our fair share of Lego video games—Star Wars, Harry Potter, Indiana Jones—but none have tried bringing to life our four-wheeled favorites. More than once I’ve found myself wondering how a life-size Legomobile would compare to its gas-powered equivalent. Does a nubby, low-poly exterior have a negative effect on aerodynamics? Are the stickers perfectly applied or a little crooked? When I crash it, will it dent and deform like a normal car or explode into hundreds of individual bricks?
The digital world of Forza Horizon 4 could be the best place to find out. Forza’s team has two product lines these days; track-only Forza Motorsport games lean toward the simulation side of things and the newer Forza Horizon franchise pairs open-world, arcade-style racing with a music festival theme. This fourth installment feels like a big automotive toy box so it makes sense to add some, well, toys.
Lego’s Speed Champions collection has been running since 2014 and it’s the first car-themed Lego line to feature multiple OEM partners. In addition to the aforementioned trio of cars confirmed for FH4, Speed Champions has released brick-made versions of some of our favorite modern and vintage race cars, supercars, pony cars, and rally cars. No word on exactly how many drivable models exist in the FH4 expansion, but we won’t have to wait long to find out. Forza Horizon 4 Lego Speed Champions releases June 13 for Xbox One and PC.
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