Welcome to the LEGO Porsche 911 RSR, the latest addition to the LEGO Technic supercars series lineup, alongside the very orange Porsche 911 GT3 RS and the magnificent Bugatti Chiron. The 911 RSR is LEGO’s bold shot of turning a track car into a pricey Technic set after the toy maker’s successes in the “Speed Champions” series, where they produced many racing car models.
The 2018 Porsche 911 RSR can trace its back to the original 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RSR, the track version of the 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS, which was a means of getting the 911 Carrera RSR homologated for Group 4 racing. Throughout the seventies, the Porsche 911 RSR models won countless racing victories, and it suddenly disappeared in the eighties. Then, in 1993, the 911 RSR made a short return (964 Carrera RSR with 3.8 litre flat six) for two years. It was taken away from the races as Porsche was focussing on the 911 GT1 and GT2. In 2004, the 996 GT3 RSR was announced and 2006 the 997 GT3 RSR, continuing to dominate the racetracks. Finally, in 2013 Porsche released the 991 generation of the 911 RSR, and newer versions were made every year afterwards. The 2017 RSR model, however, was rather special for being the first mid-engined Porsche 911. And the LEGO 42096 Porsche 911 RSR is the replica of the 991.2 generation mid-engined 911 RSR.
The first model of the LEGO Technic supercar series is the Porsche 911 GT3 RS, famously having a fully functional PDK gearbox. It was quite something that LEGO put so much effort in. Nonetheless, many Porsche enthusiasts complained about LEGO’s design flaw of the gearbox. In the new 911 RSR model, there will be no complaint as such, for they did not put the proper gearbox in it. That being said, it means that the model will be easier to build. And the part amount is significantly reduced, from 2704 pieces of the GT3 RS to just only 1580; that’s over 1100 parts gone. Compared to the GT3 RS, the price of the RSR is relatively lower, too. The LEGO Porsche 911 RSR will cost 149.99 Euros in continental Europe, but the price for other regions, including the UK, is unclear. Hopefully we’ll receive the whole pricing detail alongside more images of the model during LEGO’s official release.
Let’s take a look at some details that LEGO made to the 911 RSR model. As a Technic model, like the GT3 RS, the RSR does not have a “windscreen”. It simply uses the pillars to represent the whole thing. However, to make the model more authentic, the RSR does include a sporty sole windscreen wiper. And when it comes to headlamps, unlike the GT3 RS, the RSR uses two “4650183 Cockpit 8X6X2 M.Ø3.2 Shaft” and four “6240030 Plate 1X1 Round” parts to simulate the lights, which I think is brilliant!
Personally, I’m not quite a fan of track cars. They are too specific and over-engineered. Some may argue that being a track car, of course it should be simple and track focused. We’ll leave that. In terms of the appearance, I don’t think they are as pretty as their road-going cousins. They are overdone with tonnes of meaningless stickers and body design to play with aerodynamics. Further, when it comes to LEGO sets, my repulsion to the track cars grows even more. Yet it’s not only because of the look.
In most licensed LEGO sets, same as the real track cars, the graphics on the bricks appear in the form of stickers. Any LEGO lover knows that applying stickers while/after building the set is literally the most annoying thing in the world. No matter how good the stickers’ quality is, if you mess it up during the applying process, you may probably have to take that you cocked up. Because in many cases, there’s no way to go back. That happens in any sets like the 75880 McLaren 720S or the 75884 1968 Ford Mustang Fastback. Mind you, even in some small sets like these, there are around 15 stickers to apply in average. So we shall picture that in a giant Technic track car, the sticker applying process is going to be an absolute nightmare.
HOWEVER, look at the picture of the new 911 RSR again. Because LEGO decided to use solid black and white parts and printed pieces to represent the main colour pattern directly, we don’t need to go through the sticker inferno! If it’s not the case, imagine how agonising it will be while applying all the stickers to the finished car!
Anyway, the Porsche 911 RSR surely is a great model to adore!
And here are some further details of the model:
* Porsche 911 RSR replica model with a wealth of authentic features, including a rear wing with ‘swan neck’ mounts, extended rear diffuser and aerodynamic side mirrors, plus black spoked rims and realistic head and tail lights. Also includes a detailed cockpit, working differential, independent suspension and a six-cylinder boxer engine with moving pistons positioned in front of the rear axle.
* This collectible toy car also features an authentic white, red and black colour scheme and a sticker sheet for additional detailing.
* Open the doors to access a cockpit packed with realistic details, including a radar screen, working steering, fire extinguisher system and a track map of the Laguna Seca circuit printed onto the driver’s door.
* Check out the six-cylinder boxer engine with moving pistons.
* This set includes 1,580 pieces.
* LEGO Technic sets feature realistic movement and mechanisms that introduce young LEGO builders to the universe of engineering in an approachable and realistic way.
* Porsche 911 RSR measures over 5” (13cm) high, 19” (50cm) long and 7” (20cm) wide.