Ferrari 488 GTE AF Corse #51 by Lego

If movie memorabilia like the Ghostbusters ECTO 1 doesn’t cut it for your Lego building days, Lego has recently revealed a new motorsport inspired set – Ferrari’s 488 GTE “AF CORSE #51” based on the race car that tackles the world’s endurance races. It is the first Lego model to be designed with Ferrari and helps extend its long standing relationship.

The Lego model is 48cm long with 1,677 individual Lego technic pieces, for ages 18+. The beautiful model features front and rear suspension, aerodynamic curves, a V8 engine with moving pistons and a steering wheel emblazoned with the Prancing Horse badge to help the model truly come alive. Original race number #51, sponsor stickers and the authentic Tricolore paint job add the perfect finish to this epic model.

The Ferrari 488 GTE will be available in all Lego stores and online on January 1st (so don’t go spending all that Christmas money your nan gives you until then) at a price of £169.99.

Lego Ghostbusters ECTO-1

Cars aren’t protagonists in films however manage to garner a cult following – think of the Mustang in Bullitt, the VW Beetle in Herbie or James Bond’s Aston Martin DB5. Well the ECTO-1 from Ghostbusters is part of that company and Lego has created its largest and most detailed version ever.

The car  is full of authentic details from the iconic converted 1959 Cadillac Miller-Meteor ambulance including a range of tools and features needed by any Ghostbuster to track and catch ghoulish enemies. Perfect for film buffs and Lego buffs alike, the set features a moving ghost sniffer activated by the wheels, an extendable rear gunner seat, working steering wheel and a whole host of other paranormal detection equipment on the detailed roof rack. Lego created two new bricks for this set, the curved windscreen and the 5-module steering wheel.

Available from 15th November online and Lego retailers, the 2,3252 piece set is a perfect Christmas present ahead of the release of the latest Ghostbusters: Afterlife that launches in 2021.

Lego Technic Extreme Adventure

Lego is the largest manufacturer of tyres and in 2008 it was said that there were 62 Lego bricks for each person on earth. These are great little anecdotes to tell your friends but the real story is this Lego Technic Extreme Adventure vehicle. One that your child will be begging for this Christmas. It has four independent ground-gripping tracks, working suspension, winch, front steering and a number of other exciting functions.

LEGO_42069_WEB_SEC02_1488Doors swing upwards to reveal running boards which can be lowered into position, a roof tent can be erected by turning the crank, the tailgate can be unlocked to reveal the sliding storage drawer where the snow shovel is kept. But what counts is what is under the bonnet – a V8 with moving pistons. If you get bored with the Adventure vehicle, it can be rebuilt as a Mobile Based Vehicle.

When it comes to Christmas day and the Extreme Adventure Vehicle stayed in your office because someone couldn’t contain their excitement, Lego has you covered with other options including an 6×6 all-terrain response vehicle, airport rescue, a fighter jet and many others.

The Extreme Adventure Vehicle costs £139.99 and can be bought from the Lego store.

Swatch Sistem 51 Hodinkee Vintage 84

Hodinkee, the one stop shop for all things horological has on occasion teamed up with some of the top watch manufacturers to create what the team felt were the ultimate watches – some favourites include the Zenith El Primero, Tag Heuer Carerra Skipper and the Nomos Glashutte Metro Chronometer.

20017616_copy_1600x1600Most of the limited edition watches are snapped up as soon as they are announced with prices ranging between $2,500 and $60,000 until its most recent announcement. Hodinkee teamed up with Swatch to create the latest collaboration – the Swatch Sistem 51 Hodinkee Vintage 84 to give its full name. It is accessible for most too, priced at $150 described as, “interesting, democratic, and just flat-out cool.”

The watch uses Swatch’s self-winding movement, Sistem 51, originally released in 2013 with a 90 hour power reserve and one central screw holding the 51 parts together. Designwise, the watch pays tribute to Swatch’s first sports watch with reinterpreted luminous markers, sword like hands and a date window at the six o’clock. Being the quirky movement that it is, Swatch added a clear caseback so users can see the black and white patterns change as the winding rotor spins.

It is available to preorder on the Hodinkee store with deliveries starting December 12th, just in time for Christmas. If you aren’t lucky enough to grab one of the preorder slots from December 12th, Swatch will stock a limited quantity at its flagship store on Times Square in New York.

 

Tesla Powerbank

If you have been living under a rock for the past few weeks, you may have missed out on Tesla’s mic drop moment when Elon Musk surprised the motoring world with the Roadster 2.0. Said to seat four, hit 60mph in 1.9 seconds and with a range of over 600 miles on a single charge it will be a game changer.

8756721-00-A_5If the $250,000 price tag might be a little much for some Tesla fans along with the long wait till delivery – here is something to keep any Tesla fan happy. The Tesla Powerbank. Designed to mimic the Supercharger, this neat little power brick has a 3,350mAh capacity to keep your phone well juiced.

The Powerbank features an inbuilt USB and Apple lightning connector as well as a detachable microUSB for Android devices. This Powerbank may be a little pricey at $45 but is a perfect xmas gift for any Tesla fan.

Xmas idea: Portable charger

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Cars are petrol heads’ pride and joy. However, on many occasions, funding runs low and the problems of car ownership catch up on us. If you find yourself having to perform rolling jump-starts more than you would like, here is the solution.

The Powerall Portable power bank and charger will start your car up to 20 times, but hopefully by then you would have replaced the battery. It doesn’t stop there though; it has two 5V USB ports so you can charge your tech on the go and a LED torch for when you are stumbling around the engine bay in the dark.

Priced at £63 it surely won’t break the bank, and you will be the most famous person at festivals. Get it here and have it delivered in time for xmas.

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Xmas idea: Gulf Porsche 917 print

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This stunning Porsche 917 with Gulf livery, designed by Hyundai automotive designer John Krsteski. Individually signed by John, the prints are each limited to a maximum of 50 prints so you can rest assured that you won’t find it down your local car boot sale. The print measures 102x61cm, available as a fine print or as a canvas print priced at £110 and £250 respectively. It will look great hanging above your bed or even in the garage with the rest of the motoring memorabilia.

Check it out with his other prints here.