As any true LEGO fan will attest to, the real fun of the plastic brick toys exists somewhere in the process of unboxing a model and attaching the final piece. For Porsche fans, the latest release from the toy brick maker will give you 2,704 opportunities to appreciate that process.
For their latest LEGO Technic model, the LEGO design team turned their attention towards building a “life-like” replica of the iconic Porsche 911 GT3 RS with a build sequence modeled after the real-life vehicle’s assembly process. Yes – this brick building process is modeled entirely after what goes into bringing the $175K supercar from the factory to the streets. Heck, they’ve even sorted the bricks in different batches to match the subassembly processes.
Housed inside of an unmistakeable “Lava Orange” 1:8 scale classic 911 body, the detailed 2,704-piece Technic set includes the aforementioned authentically designed aerodynamic bodywork, an adjustable rear spoiler, headlights and taillights, red suspension springs, original-design rims with the RS emblem, detailed brake calipers, low-profile tires, working gearbox, working steering and gear system, detailed seating, a glove compartment with unique model serial number, functional opening doors, a functional opening hood containing a suitcase and an opening rear lid with detailed flat 6 engine:
Designed to provide an immersive and rewarding building experience, the LEGO design team worked with Porsche designers and engineers to ensure that no significant design detail was left out. Impressively, the designers were even able to go as far as incorporating the complicated Porsche double-clutch transmission with four working gears and gearshift paddles on the steering wheel.
Says Andrew Woodman, Senior Design Manager, LEGO Technic:
“When we started to discuss the idea for this new LEGO Technic concept, we were determined to create more than just a great building experience. We wanted every aspect of this concept to be special and drive a real desire in fans to own and build it. We reached out to Porsche as we dreamt of having a Porsche 911 as our first model. From our very first meeting, it was clear that Porsche shared the same passion for the vision of this concept and together we decided upon using the latest 911 GT3 RS as the first vehicle in this LEGO Technic series.”
At $299 (£249.99), the kit isn’t for everybody – but with a comprehensive collector’s book and a “true-to-life” assembly experience, it will most certainly be the one LEGO build that you won’t soon forget. The kit will be available directly through LEGO on June 1st, 2016.