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Get ready for some high octane truck racing with the LEGO Technic Race Truck! With the over-the-cab steering knob, V8 engine with pistons that move when the race truck moves, forward-tilting cab and opening doors, you are ready to race! Rebuilds into a race car.

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2.1 pounds

18.8 x 11.1 x 2.5

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Most Helpful Positive Review


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INTRODUCTION To the best of my knowledge, the limited-edition LEGO TECHNIC Race Truck is the first model of its kind for the TECHNIC theme. That uniqueness was one of the driving factors (pun...Read complete review

INTRODUCTION To the best of my knowledge, the limited-edition LEGO TECHNIC Race Truck is the first model of its kind for the TECHNIC theme. That uniqueness was one of the driving factors (pun intended) that led me to buy this set. The other driving factors were the working features (V8 engine, rear differential, front steering, opening doors, and tilting cabin) and...the proven (by me) ability to stuff the model full of Power Functions accessories and drive it around my house by remote control. BOX The box for this model wastes no space with a giant picture of the Race Truck angled toward the viewer, in the process of making a left turn. To the left of the cabin is a smaller picture of the Race Truck, this time from the back right side, showing off the tilting cabin and steering functions with curved white arrows. In the lower left corner of the box are two very nice graphics with the messages "2 in 1" and "LIMITED EDITION." On the back of the box is an equally impressive (and huge) picture of this set's alternate model, a powerful-looking muscle car. LEGO decided to save some paper (and trees) by not including the instructions for the alternate model within the box--instead, one must go to the LEGO TECHNIC Web site and download the instructions from there. The trees will thank you for that, LEGO. IN THE BOX After I used my fingers to punch out the perforated tabs on the end of the box, I discovered 8 un-numbered, differently sized bags full of LEGO TECHNIC parts, plus 4 loose tires, a huge sticker sheet, and 2 instruction manuals for the main model. Interesting parts include the differential piece (with beveled gear edges), a new TECHNIC perpendicular connector with 3 round holes above the axlehole, the new panel pieces (3x5 angled, 5x7 angled, 5x11 rectangular, and 3x11 curved rectangular), the blue seat (also a RACERS mudguard), and a new 3-stud-long TECHNIC pin with a round hole in the middle. BUILDING EXPERIENCE I was quite satisfied with the building experience. It is a little challenging, and it took me a few hours to complete the model. Unfortunately, I can't remember which part of the build I liked the most, so I'll just say that the whole model was consistently fun to build. PLAYING EXPERIENCE Due to the forward slant of the Race Truck, I feared that the steering would have quite a bit of resistance, which would have complicated the running of a Power Functions motor in that area. Fortunately, I did not encounter any problems with the steering--it works great. Watching the V8 engine operate as I moved the rear wheels was also fun, as was opening the doors and tilting up the cabin to check out the steering mechanism up close. One thing I really like about the cabin is that it can lock into either an up or down position, thanks to 3-stud axles with studs at the rear of the cabin (for the down position) and two linked beams underneath the cabin (for the up position). Aside from all that, I had fun admiring the Race Truck...and wondering just how I was going to put the magic of Power Functions in my model. I really wish that LEGO had provided instructions for that (as the January 2010 LEGO catalog pointed out), but I managed to do it myself! POWER FUNCTIONS EXPERIENCE To enable remote control on my Race Truck, I used the following Power Functions items: x1 Battery Box x2 M-Motor x1 IR Receiver x1 IR Remote Control x1 Power Functions Light Set In addition, I removed and disassembled the black trailer hitch in the back of the Race Truck, which yielded many useful beams and connectors. I also saved all the extra pieces that came with the set. Moreover, I used an additional "Double Conical Wheel Z20 1M" (that part is available via Pick A Brick) to let the driving motor turn the rear wheels via the differential. The V8 engine also remains functional by my method of attaching the drive motor. First of all, I filled up the Battery Box with 6 AA batteries. Then, I stuck 2 black friction pins (facing up) into the vertical holes between the 2 tan gears. Then, I connected the battery box to the pins. -Drive Motor Mounting Instructions- Step 1: Connect 2 blue 3L friction pins 5M apart on a 7M beam (long end in first, 1L's worth of pin should be on both sides of the 7M beam) Step 2: Snap Step 1's assembly into the holes directly behind the differential. Step 3: Stick 2 blue 3L friction pins (short end in first) into the holes next to both sides of the differential (2L's worth of pin should face up perpendicular to the rear drive axles) Step 4: Snap 2 5M beams onto the pins so that they are parallel to the chassis' length and fully cover the 7M beam AND the new 3M/1M perpendicular joiners. Step 5: Stick a 3L axle into an M-motor and 2 black 2L friction pins (short ends in first) into pin holes on both sides of the axle. The pins should line up parallel to the short edge of the motor's base. Step 6: Snap a 7M beam centered across the motor assembly. Step 7: Connect a Double Conical Wheel Z20 1M to the 3L axle. Step 8: Snap the assembly from Steps 5-7 onto the remaining blue 3L friction pins. The 7M beam on that assembly should be parallel to the rear drive axles. -Steering Motor Mounting Instructions- Step 1: Remove the Double Conical Wheel Z12 1M & 3L axle from the roof. Save them for later. Step 2: Remove the 9L axle and the topmost smooth gray axle joiner. Again, save them for later. Step 3: Build two of the following: Put 1 blue axle/pin's axle into a #1 angle connector's axle hole, then put a 3L blue friction pin into the #1 angle connector's pin hole (short end in first; the result should be an "L"-shaped piece). Step 4: Connect Step 3's "L"-shaped pieces behind the remaining axle joiner so that the #1 angle connectors are horizontal and the 3L pins face up. Use the topmost holes in the 5M gap behind the axle joiner. Step 5a: Connect 2 3M beams to the upright blue 3L pins (1 per pin, each one must point 2 holes toward the V8 engine). Step 5b: Put another 3M beam across the 3L pins (on top of the ones from Step 5a). Step 5c: Rotate the assembly from steps 3-5 so far 180 degrees vertically toward the V8 engine and back toward the front end. The assembly should be upside-down and backwards from its previous position. Step 6a: Stick a 3L axle into an M-motor and 2 blue 3L friction pins (short ends in first) into pin holes on both sides of the axle. The pins should line up parallel to the short edge of the motor's base. Step 6b: Put a 3M beam over the pins and axle from Step 6a. Step 7: Connect the motor assembly to the remaining axle joiner and the assembly from Steps 3-5 (axle into axlehole, pins into pinholes) -IR Receiver Mounting Instructions- Step 1: Connect the drive motor's wire to the red outlet. Step 2: Connect the steering motor's wire to the blue outlet. Step 3: Connect the receiver's wire to the battery box. Step 4: Remove the two black 1x8 tiles on top of the V8 engine and mount the IR Receiver there. -Lights Mounting Instructions- Step 1: Stick the round end of each light into the holes of the tiny black panels on either side of the front grille. The lights should be able to shine ahead of the truck. Step 2: Connect the lights' wire to the battery box. The lights should turn on whenever the battery box is turned on. Step 3: Connect the 2x2 black brick along the wire to the V8 engine's remaining studs. Once you've mounted all those accessories, just put 3 AAA batteries inside the remote control, and use the red switch to control forward/reverse. The blue switch should control steering. You may want to use the black switches to change the direction of the motors. OVERALL IMPRESSION I am extremely glad that LEGO released this awesome set. Kudos to the designer(s) for putting in all that space for Power Functions! Of course, I highly recommend this set, plus the Power Functions accessories and the extra Double Conical Wheel Z20 1M from Pick A Brick.


Most Helpful Critical Review


Great race car, okay truck

Maybe it's because Super Race Truck racing isn't very popular in the United States, but I didn't really care for it. The cab feels flimsy, and the steering while pushing the truck seems...Read complete review

Maybe it's because Super Race Truck racing isn't very popular in the United States, but I didn't really care for it. The cab feels flimsy, and the steering while pushing the truck seems a little more cumbersome then it should be. The fifth wheel (the part the trailer attaches to) is non functional and you would have to modify it. The race car version of the set was very nicely done. There are some good building methods used. The car is very sturdy and holds up well to play. I think children in the lower end of the recommended age group may need some help. The per brick price (<10 cents) is a great deal.

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Awesome Racing Truck

By Wolfsatz

from Washington DC

Comments about LEGO Technic Race Truck (8041):

I had a lot of fun these past 3 nights building this truck. First Technic set that I have assembled and will not be the last. I am very impressed with the Engineering and realistic details given to the truck. The engine, transmission, chasis and diferential do move and work together.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


An unexpectedly great buy

By 0v3rlord

from Lawrenceville

Comments about LEGO Technic Race Truck (8041):

I got this set on sale and I admit that i wouldn't have bought this set for its original price. The build was confusing at times but the finished product is beautiful. Pros: The truck is large, sturdy, and easy to handle Looks nice Doesn't look as incomplete as other sets when you finish building. Great play features Both models are great Cons: Instructions aren't too clear Large stickers are a hassle to put on steering wheel doesn't spin This set is pretty good and I'm not disappointed. I was worried that the box art of the truck would be misleading and that the actual truck would look no where near as good as it does on the box, but that's not the case.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Fun, but...

By Samo

from Undisclosed

Comments about LEGO Technic Race Truck (8041):

It was a great set if you want to have a V8 racing truck that can turn it's wheels. If you want something more advanced you should get the Mobile Crane or other sets. Let me ask you something. If you think about a truck, what do you think? a) something that can move b) something with shocks (so it can go off-rode) c) something that has 4 wheels, it can turn, and when the wheels move the engine moves Ask yourself. What one is this set? Do you want something that has more? Is this the perfect set for you? Overall I like it for what it is!

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Not the greatest

By Ismael

from Redlands

Comments about LEGO Technic Race Truck (8041):

1-Putting this set together is pretty uneventful. I always learn a new technique with every model, and I definitively missed that with the Race Truck. 2-Once finished, I looked at the truck for a couple of minutes thinking: something must be missing here. It looks unfinished, especially in the rear. May be that is how a real race truck looks like, and may be I do not like race trucks then. It really needed every sticker (and has quite a bit of them) to look decent. I am going to build model B. Too bad that the instructions are not part of the set... so I will download them. I am not at the level of disappointment, but I definitively would not rate this like other sets in its price range such as the 'Container Truck', or the 'Backhoe loader'. In essence: an average model in my opinion. Unless you really are into truck racing, I would put this down in the priority list.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


First large technic purchase

By ritoverclocker

from Undisclosed

Comments about LEGO Technic Race Truck (8041):

This was my first technic set in a long time, and the first one over 200 pieces. I really enjoyed building it; the V8, differential, and steering is really interesting and ingenious as to how it's designed. This was overall a relatively smooth and average build for me. The only thing I don't like about the A model is that it is very front heavy and tips over a lot, plus the back seems too....empty. Once I built the B model, the racecar, I fell in love with it. My advice to you is to build this one and keep it this way. Much more features and it looks cooler. Definitely recommended as a first technic set to start out with.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


good, but the car was a little better

By AWallace8488

from Annapolis

Comments about LEGO Technic Race Truck (8041):

Overall, it looked cool but the truck was kinda front heavy. Every time I pushed it down a hallway it would lean forward and flip over, so i built the race car instead and it was a lot better and it even looked a bit cooler. The car is why i gave this product a great rating.

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


the best

By lego man z

from knoxville,tn

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    Comments about LEGO Technic Race Truck (8041):

    the best and easy to build

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    By Egliic

    from Riga

    Comments about LEGO Technic Race Truck (8041):

    Hey, I just wanted to tell you guys that this is a great Lego set. The only thing I was really disappointed was that I got different looking wheels than in the picture of the box, though they still fit. So my question is did you too get different looking wheels than in the box?

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


    My Favorite LEGO Set!!!!!!!!

    By nated0g

    from PONTIAC

    Comments about LEGO Technic Race Truck (8041):

    i order the kit and i ask my brother which model i should build and he said the B model (the race car) and it took me an hour and a half and i was done he said he loved it i really like the V8 engine with moving parts. The only problem was it was hard to get the derections of the computer bc i had to sit in my room and i had to have my big laptop charger that kept getting all tangled up. Lego please make a derection book for the B Model. Other than that it is my favorite set.


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    By GymLeaderKen

    from Chattanooga,TN

    Comments about LEGO Technic Race Truck (8041):

    This was an incredible set for what it cost at the time. The detail was amazing, I loved that fact that it had the completely functioning V8 engine and the detailed working differential in the rear end. A little tricky to build but nothing that isn't able to be completed with a few minutes of rest in sections. The truck is very durable and a blast to modify to make it set to your standards(One of the best parts of building!) only problem I had was the steering seemed a little off and the "Flywheel" would pop off after a few minutes of "driving" but nothing that wasn't fixed with a little tinkering and modifying. Overall, a very very nice build. I highly recommend it to any technic fan! The Image below is my modified version. "After market" headlights and clearance lights. also added "valve covers" on the engine and different rims and tires as well.

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