Christmas Gift Guide 2015: 14 gadget gift ideas for car lovers

From Lego supercars to race track t-shirts, here's our list of the best presents for petrolheads

Petrolheads are a pain. Always leaving tyre-tracks wherever they go, making engine sounds in the shower and watching Top Gear on repeat. No? Just us, then.

Still, those with a disposition towards all things fast and four-wheeled can be notoriously tricky to buy for. Would they make more use than nuisance from that replica McLaren? Who'll end up washing their fuel-infused overall set? Worry not: we've put together a proverbial garage-load of gifts to make a car lover go vroom on the big day.

Lego Ferrari F40 (£70)

Christmas Gift Guide 2015: 14 best gadget gift ideas for petrolheads

Few four-wheeled speed machines are as distinctively-styled as the Fezza F40: as mid-engined Maranello monsters go, it’s decidedly 90s and all the better for it. At least, that was, until Lego made a version.

Made up of over 1000 blocky bits - most of which are in trademark racing red - this is just about the next-best-thing to a real life Italian prancing horse, complete with brick-built V8.

Buy the Lego Ferrari F40 here

The Lego low-down

GoPro Hero (£94)

Christmas Gift Guide 2015: 14 best gadget gift ideas for petrolheads

You’re aware of the physics of the suction cup. You know that a GoPro is pretty light. You’ve read on the website that the suction cup mount has been used at speeds in excess of 150mph, and you’ve seen the videos on YouTube to back it up. But you could still never quite bring yourself to stick this expensive camera to your car, could you?

Well, now, with this new £100 GoPro, you can take that risk. It doesn’t have the 30fps 4K shooting skills of its more expensive siblings, nor the touchscreen smarts, but it's super easy to use, waterproof and pretty darn resitant to tarmac tumbles.

Buy the GoPro Hero here

Makin' your mind up

T-Lab Paddock Hill t-shirt (£25)

Christmas Gift Guide 2015: 14 best gadget gift ideas for petrolheads

Little says petrol head more than a can of oil and a gimbal wrench. Unfortunately, those same objects also scream psychopath.

Play it safe with some new threads from T-Lab, instead. Home to a multitude of motoring-related t-shirts, we’re particular fans of this Paddock Hill top: featuring the famous first corner at Brands Hatch, it’s subtle enough to wear to an eco-meet without being lynched, with design simplicity that wouldn’t look out of place on Hunt’s Hesketh.

Buy the T-Lab Paddock Hill t-shirt here

Flux Capacitor Car Charger (US$25)

Christmas Gift Guide 2015: 14 best gadget gift ideas for petrolheads

It would be easy to dismiss this Back to the Future-themed in-car charger as a piece of consumerist tat. And visitors to your jalopy – unless it’s a DeLorean – are going to do just that. Until, that is, you put on your best Christopher Lloyd madcap enthusiasm and rave at them about how it has both a 1A and a 2.1A USB socket, making it capable of charging even the most power hungry devices. That’ll shut them up and make the rest of the journey good and awkward.

Buy the Flux Capacitor Car Charger here