Legoland modelling experts recreate Northamptonshire’s Santa Pod Raceway

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Santa Pod Raceway has been recreated using 84,780 Lego bricks for a new attraction at Windsor’s Legoland.

The Northamptonshire raceway was first modelled at the family theme park in 2001 but this month the modelling team completed a new refashioned model of the quarter-mile racing venue.

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Out of the 84,780 bricks, 19,800 of them to make the grandstand and its crowds of spectators alone. The seven-strong team of skilled LEGO model-makers invested a whopping 744 hours in creating the amazing model.

A spokesperson for Legoland said; “Guests can actually race the Santa Pod dragsters down the track.

“The Dragster animation is controlled in its entirety by a central Programmable Logic Controller housed within the animation plant room.

“At the press of a button, a car in each lane edges forward into stage on the start line.

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“The starting system – and the audio – is triggered and, as the green light flashes, the guests flick levers to send their cars rocketing side-by-side down the strip to the finish.

“A further sensor brings the cars to a halt and returns them to their positions at the head of the pairing lanes, ready to explode into action once again,” the spokesperson added.

Legoland closes for the season on November 2 and Santa Pod Raceway’s final event is the Flame & Thunder Show on Saturday October 31.

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