The best LEGO Speed Champions sets: awesome models on a budget

You don't need to break the bank to get some seriously cool (and fully licensed) LEGO car sets.

Two LEGO Speedmasters cars on a table

by Ryan Gilmore |

Look through the 21st Century equivalent of the Argos Catalogue (i.e. the internet) and you'll see how much some LEGO cars can go for. Just as a LEGO Death Star or robotic Technic kit were once the most expensive and complex kits, some LEGO car models can now seep into the hundreds and require a Masters degree in engineering to properly work it all.

But not all is lost, there are plenty of smaller, simpler LEGO models that are completely licensed that you can pick up for reasonable sums.

These models may lack sophisticated suspension and detailed engines of larger models, but are infinitely easier to build and will offer plenty of fun, no matter your age. In short, the Speed Champion cars are an excellent

The best LEGO Speed Champion sets

Lego Lotus Evija

Lotus Evija Lego Speed Champions
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LEGO Speed Champions Lotus Evija

Incredible attention to detail
LEGO Speed Champions Lotus Evija
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Tried and tested by Commercial Content Editor Adam Binnie: "Easily one of the most visually pleasing supercars of the century, the first electric offering from Lotus represents an enormous challenge for Lego to convert into brick form.

"That's because, traditionally, the best Speed Champion cars are ones that are already quite blocky (the Audi Quattro S1 for example) rather than sleek, curvaceous creations like the Evija.

"Not only that, but the car is a masterpiece of aero with vents and slashes on every surface. Omitting these or worse, replacing them with a sticker, would result in an inferior model.

"Somehow Lego has managed to recreate all of this to a very impressive level, which is even more impressive when you consider the small scale.

"That does mean a few tricky stages of the build - from the fiddly sinuous vents on the side to the installation of the front bumper. I found this resulted in a slightly longer construction time than some of the other Speed Champions on this list, but even more pride and satisfaction in the finished item. As a result, it's my new favourite addition.

"Like lots of things in life, if you want something to look as good as this, you need to be willing to put in the work."

LEGO Speed Champions Koenigsegg Jesko

Hyper car performance
LEGO 76900 Speed Champions Koenigsegg Jesko Racing Sports Car Toy with Driver Minifigure, Racer Model Set for Kids
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If you're a child (apparently LEGOs target audience) then the Speed Champions Koenigsegg Jesko will be the ultimate toy car that will give you all the bragging rights on a playground. With 1,603hp (on biofuel) and insane styling, the Jesko is the ultimate hypercar to be turned into a LEGO model. The kit contains 280 pieces and can be built by children aged 7 and up.

LEGO Speed Champions Ferrari F40 Competizione

Icon in LEGO form
LEGO 75890 Speed Champions Ferrari F40 Competizione Racing Driver Minifigure Building Set, Vehicle Toys for Kids, Forza Horizon 4 Expansion Pack Model
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From one end of the supercar spectrum to the other, The Ferrari F40 is a simple, mechanical supercar that translates well into LEGO form here. It comes with 198 pieces and can even be transformed into the ultra-rare Competizione model, complete with different wheel trims, bonnet and rear end.

LEGO Speed Champions 1974 Porsche 911 Turbo 3.0

Lift-off oversteer on the living room floor
LEGO Speed Champions 1974 Porsche 911 Turbo 3.0
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Another wedgey supercar of yesteryear, the LEGO Porsche 911 Turbo 3.0 was made in conjunction with Forza Horizon 4 and will be an excellent toy for any fans of Zuffenhausen's finest. It comes with 180 pieces and features a nice Minifigure and some LEGO traffic cones too.

The rear of a LEGO Porsche 911 Turbo on a red background
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Tested 2021 - "It's incredibly clever how LEGO managed to make something that was both curvy and blocky look decent on such a small scale. The iconic design features are all featured, from the thick ducktail rear wing to the chunky bodykit disguising a more slender frame. As with most LEGO sets it's straightforward to build and looks great once done. And of course, the LEGO Minifigure is wearing a branded Porsche t-shirt."

Speed Champions LEGO Audi Sport quattro S1 Racer Toy

Boxy, blocky rally car
Speed Champions LEGO 76897 Audi Sport quattro S1 Racer Toy, with Racing Driver Minifigure, Race Cars Building Sets
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If you're after something a little different and want to tackle the muddy roads of a rally stage, this LEGO Audi Sport Quattro S1 is ideal. Made from 250 pieces this set includes configurable wheel designs, a LEGO Minifigure and attachable spotlights at the front. This is a must-have for Audi/rally fans and a great gift for any car fan.

LEGO Speed Champions Ferrari F8 Tributo

A modern LEGO Ferrari
LEGO 76895 Speed Champions Ferrari F8 Tributo
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We like the Ferrari F8 Tributo a lot here at CAR so a smaller LEGO model is ideal. We concluded the F8 Tributo is useable excitement, which is high praise given this car has 710bhp. In Lego form, itu2019s far more affordable and you can take it for a spin whenever you please without worrying about fuel costs. We're especially impressed by how LEGO has managed to make the car look so realistic and give it proper curves.

LEGO Speed Champions Toyota GR Supra

Something for the drifters
LEGO 76901 Speed Champions Toyota GR Supra Collectible Sports Car Toy Building Set with Racing Driver, for Kids 7+ Years Old
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The new Toyota Supra has certainly divided fans with its BMW underpinnings. This Speed Champions example features Danish underpinnings and is finished in a stylish yellow colour. It features 299 pieces and includes a change of wheel trim as well as a cool Minifigure.

LEGO Speed Champions McLaren Senna

Ultimate McLaren supercar (for now)
LEGO 75892 Speed Champions Senna McLaren Driver Minifigure Race Car Building Set, Forza Horizon 4 Expansion Pack Model
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The McLaren Senna is another cool car to be given the Speed Champions treatment. It comes with 214 pieces and does a pretty good job of recreating the sharp lines of the McLaren Senna. It also comes with a wind tunnel, perfect for testing the drag of a block of Lego.

LEGO Speed Champions Chevrolet Corvette C8.R & 1968 Corvette

Old and new Americana
Speed Champions Chevrolet Corvette C8.R & 1968 Corvette
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The way Americans do performance is one of the world's mysterious contradictions: both terrible and brilliant. With a brace of Corvettes, you get double the fun. Put together that mini drag strip on the kitchen floor or home office desk.

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