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Paragon GT1LMP
Original design: GT1 Le Mans Prototype. V-10, 5+R, Adjustable suspension. Brakes, clutch. Four years work (again...)
About this creation
Presenting the latest installment in my line of original design supercars.

The Paragon GT1LMP.

Designed as a GT1 class Le Mans Prototype. This is a single seat racer designed to be tuned to track conditions. It features adjustable push-rod/bell crank suspension (camber, ride height), a five speed plus reverse rear mounted and removable gearbox, four wheel disc brakes, a twin-plate clutch, quick-remove front and rear body cowlings, doors hinged on the A-pillar, active aerodynamics which increase down-force as steering lock is applied. A lot of thought and work has gone in to the overall aerodynamics design with a smooth undertray, and a variety of air-scoops to manage the airflow around the car, into the engine and over the radiators.

Approximately 3200 parts including custom parts and several metres of dental floss which is a great material for transmitting precise force over distance without excess slack. This is invaluable for translating small movements of the gear stick into moving the gearbox components at the rear of the car - a good 20 cm distance and through / past the suspension and engine and also for transmitting the much higher forces involved in the clutch and especially the braking systems.

This has taken about four years to build off and on and I've had two kids in there so the time available for such pursuits is now limited to say the least. Watch out for my next project which at this stage is going to be a replica of a classic from the golden age of motoring - 1930 - 1960. Suggestions as to what this should be are welcome - I'm currently leaning towards a Jaquar XK120 or perhaps a Ferrari 250 GTO or Testa Rossa. Maybe an old Maserati or Alfa though? Two-seaters only need apply...









































































Sad to pull it apart...

Glad to be starting another...














Comments

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  February 8, 2014
Really impressive!!! 5/5
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  December 22, 2013
Amazing and impressiv!
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  June 19, 2013
great engine
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  February 9, 2013
Quoting Jon Foulkes. Of course I wouldn't mind!! Here's some tips: - The less you have to make the dental floss "cable" go around corners the better. - If it does have to change direction, run it over a pulley rather than past a fixed edge - Don't do the brakes as an after thought - you have to design how the cable will fit in right from the very start. There's a lot of tension runs through the system when the brakes are activated so every part needs to be able to handle it. Looking forward to seeing your creation!! I'm nearly finished my Aston Martin V8 Vantage...
Ok! Thanks! My truck will take some time though. I'm only nearly done disassembling my last creation and after that I can start my new one. Hope to see your Aston Martin soon! I'm sure it will be very cool!
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  February 8, 2013
Of course I wouldn't mind!! Here's some tips: - The less you have to make the dental floss "cable" go around corners the better. - If it does have to change direction, run it over a pulley rather than past a fixed edge - Don't do the brakes as an after thought - you have to design how the cable will fit in right from the very start. There's a lot of tension runs through the system when the brakes are activated so every part needs to be able to handle it. Looking forward to seeing your creation!! I'm nearly finished my Aston Martin V8 Vantage...
Quoting Thomas Graafland Hi, Jon! I am planning to build such a large scale car too, and I've been doing a lot of research on things I haven't done in my previous cars. I remembered this car and that I was very impressed by the technique used for the braking discs. Would you mind if I'd use a similar technique in my car? Of course you will get credit for the idea! Greets, Thomas
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  January 27, 2013
Hi, Jon! I am planning to build such a large scale car too, and I've been doing a lot of research on things I haven't done in my previous cars. I remembered this car and that I was very impressed by the technique used for the braking discs. Would you mind if I'd use a similar technique in my car? Of course you will get credit for the idea! Greets, Thomas
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  November 29, 2012
Not sure of the exact scale, whatever the wheels would equate to if the were say 20 inch with 55 profile tyres.
Quoting Dom K Wow that is brilliant ,great how you've made all flow and great suspension system (never seen one like it that's why it is more impressive), but what scale was it made in?
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  October 27, 2012
a very hard thing to pull off, making a supercar out of standard bricks...but this is amazing!! i luv the suspension, looks way to complicated for me!=) keep it up!!
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  October 17, 2012
Wow that is brilliant ,great how you've made all flow and great suspension system (never seen one like it that's why it is more impressive), but what scale was it made in?
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  August 26, 2012
Not too sure to be honest as I never weighed it, but I guess about 5kg.
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  August 25, 2012
Awesome! How heavy was it, considering the large number of bricks used?
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  February 10, 2012
WOW man! this one is incredible! Perfect MOC!! It's HUGE! The suspension looks very complicated! I hate to see such a good car pullen apart :>
Jon Foulkes
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kenneth rattledge
  January 23, 2012
absolutely amazing, sad to see it all in pieces afterwards.
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  January 23, 2012
I cannot express in words how much I love everything about this car. I've never seen that type of suspension replicated in lego and the other details are just as noteworthy. Thank you for blessing us with your creations
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  December 30, 2011
It s always great to see people who are not afraid of studs! a massive ride with great functionality !! 5/5
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  September 28, 2011
Really classy old-school build. I'd love to see an XK120 from you!
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  September 28, 2011
very good shape, the result is great 5/5
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  September 28, 2011
My suggestion: build the 250 GTO!
 I made it 
  September 28, 2011
See my blurb!! I'm looking to make a replica of a sports car from 1930-1960 and am open to suggestions. I'm leaning towards a Jaguar XK120.
Quoting DeTomaso Pantera This is a magnificent motor! That last photo is sad, 4 years to end up with a pile of bricks lol but you spent those 4 years producing a master piece. I'd like to see you try a replica car at this scale. Maybe your favourite racecar? Replicas seem to get a lot more attention than concepts I find. Look forward to seeing what you create with that pile of bricks, hope we don't have to wait another 4 years ;)
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  September 27, 2011
wow nice car.
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  September 27, 2011
This is a magnificent motor! That last photo is sad, 4 years to end up with a pile of bricks lol but you spent those 4 years producing a master piece. I'd like to see you try a replica car at this scale. Maybe your favourite racecar? Replicas seem to get a lot more attention than concepts I find. Look forward to seeing what you create with that pile of bricks, hope we don't have to wait another 4 years ;)
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  September 26, 2011
WOW! What an amazing piece of engineering, which is also pretty nice looking! ~Marc
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  September 26, 2011
Wow! I'm not an expert in cars, but your ones seem crazy detailed and accurate designed! I'd be glad if you come and see some of my designs! =)
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  September 26, 2011
Incredible!
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  September 26, 2011
Very nice shape!
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  September 26, 2011
The suspension is truly awesome. Nice design. It's very inspiring. Thanks for sharing and the last picture is sad.
 I made it 
  September 26, 2011
About 3200. No rubber bands though, only non-lego is dental floss and a few springs.
Quoting Siddhart Jaipal Excellent! Especially the suspension, I've never seen it before. BTW: how many parts were used assembling this scale model (rubber bands included)? Estimation is also fine.
 I like it 
  September 26, 2011
Just WOW!
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  September 26, 2011
This is fresh. Minty fresh! ;). Stunning build, absolutely love the full studded body work. The technical details are also excellent, especially the suspension.
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  September 26, 2011
Btw you are a hero for using dental floss.
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  September 26, 2011
Amazing work. Personally I don't like the non-LEGO parts, but nevertheless it's a great build. Good to see a traditional style studs-up MOC that looks so good too. 5/5
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  September 26, 2011
ravishingly beautiful!
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  September 26, 2011
too epic
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  September 26, 2011
Great model. I like the suspension alot.
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  September 26, 2011
Excellent! Especially the suspension, I've never seen it before. BTW: how many parts were used assembling this scale model (rubber bands included)? Estimation is also fine.
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  September 26, 2011
All those details and technical goodies are just epic!
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  September 26, 2011
Beautiful! Excellent studded pattern! Mechanics seems great too! Congrats! Every creation has it's life cicle... somehow, someday, we'll take them appart...
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  September 26, 2011
that seems like a lot of work. But it turned out great!
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  September 26, 2011
This... is... massive... Oldschool rocks!! Four years of work!! Wow - and just few hours to dismantle it. You must have some guts to do that.
 
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