We've said on several occasions the Lego and racing worlds need to collaborate more, and this week we have another example of a classic race car rendered in small plastic bricks that deserves to become a reality. This Lego Ideas project is none other than the not-quite-legendary but still pretty Ferrari 512S Coda Lunga, or long-tail.
The real 512S had a complicated history in racing, having debuted in FIA's Group 5 in 1969. The 5.0-liter V12-powered suffered from a number of issues in a 1970 season dominated by the Porsche 917. Transmission issues took a toll, and the 512S only won at Sebring and Kyalami that year.
The Lego model created by Lego Ideas builder Alan Guerzoni replicates a 512S as the yellow #12 car driven by Hughes de Fierlandt and Alistair Walker for Ecurie Francorchamps, though most 512S cars fielded by NART and privateers during this season were painted red. At the 1970 24 Hours of Le Mans race Porsches took to the top three spots, with a pair of 512S models coming in fourth and fifth out of a total of 11 Ferrari 512S cars entered. The other top-five finishing 512S in that race was a red #11 car driven by Ronnie Bucknum and Sam Posey for NART, coming in fourth just a spot down from a Porsche 908 driven by Rudi Lins and Helmut Marko. A pair of 917s took the two top spots in that race.