If you’ve ever wondered how a 911 GT3 RS might drift across your kitchen floor, wonder no more: this is the Lego Technic 911 GT3 RS.
Constructed from 2704 parts, it’s a 1:8 scale model, measuring 57cm long. So serious has both Porsche’s and Lego’s commitment been that development started in 2013, in parallel with the real car. It took eight meetings, and 40 prototypes by Uwe Wabra, a senior Lego Technic designer, before they got to the finished Lego vehicle.
The end result is full of delightful details. Noticeable highlights are the red suspension springs, the orange bodywork, the detailed headlights and taillights, the brake calipers, and the Porsche-only wheels. Fewer than 10 per cent of the 2704 parts are new, but those new bits include a steering wheel with gearshift paddles – connected to a working four-speed gearbox! – racing seats, and a glovebox that contains a unique serial number.
“The Porsche 911 GT3 RS is an absolute highlight in our Lego Technic series,” says Wabra. “The entire development phase was top secret. And the concept itself is exceptional: we weren’t just interested in the finished model, but also in the experience of assembling it.” Even the packaging is special: for the first time, the elements of the individual assembly groups are packed in separate boxes. Even the stages of construction are similar to those of the real thing, including the “marriage,” when the engine and transmission are joined in the chassis.
At the rear, you’ll spot a flat-six with moving pistons, and beneath the bonnet you’ll even find a storage compartment replete with suitcase – ideal for those weekends away to the hallway.
The Porsche model is one of the largest ever developed at Lego’s headquarters in Billund, Denmark. It takes Wabra about ten hours to put the miniature sports car together. For the rest of us, it may take longer to work our way through the 529 pages of instructions.
What’s next for Wabra? A vintage car fan, he visited the Porsche Museum. “A Porsche 356. A real one. Not a model. That’s my dream.”
The Premium Collector’s Edition from LEGO Technic is available in the Porsche Online Shop at www.porsche.de/shop as well as at LEGO.com/shop and from retail outlets.