Sunday, September 13, 2009

Restyled 8448

Does it makes you remember something!?



Yes! Steve Atkin (ben10000) made a restyled and entirely studless version of the 8448 (Super Street Sensation / Super Car Mk II), which he then auctioned on eBay.

While not having as much features as its predecessor, the 8448 represented the raise of a new building era for all the TECHNIC sets.
The use of TECHNIC beams, new fairing panels, flexible cross axles and corrugated tubes, all together, allowed to create curves that were simply not possible with older building techniques while it resulted into more realistic looking models.
In fact the original 8448 version already from 1999, was part of a styling exercise. LEGO went to a design studio (at the University of Coventry) to sponsor a design project and used the resulting ideas to create a car which looked much more "sporty".

So, Steve decided to do his own studless update, as a 2009 anniversary model (1o years after).
Just take a worthy looking on this extensive MOD and personal version of one of the most iconic LEGO TECHNIC supercars to date.




You will find more pictures from Steve's model in his BS folder.
Some of this restyled model
characteristics, are:
  • Totally studless chassis.
  • The chassis has been completely redesigned with active suspension.
  • Larger wheels.
  • Front wheel steering.
  • Rear wheeel drive through differential.
  • The model has a V12 working engine connected to a 6 speed gearbox.
  • Opening gullwing doors, damped by pneumatic shock absorbers.
  • Opening bonnet and boot.

Nice work!

2 comments:

Eric Albrecht said...

Fantastic update to a classic set. I wish I had known about this on eBay because I would probably have bid on it.

Juan said...

This guy stole CrowK's Corvette engine design and then sold it on Ebay last year. He even has pics of it on his brickshelf folder.

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