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Lego Porsche GT3 RS displays shocking crash test results

By Alex Affat, 25 May 2017 News

Lego Porsche GT3 RS displays shocking crash test results

It’s got a rear-mounted flat six with a flappy-paddle gearbox, but is the Lego world’s most desired sports car safe enough for your minifigs?

As the 991 Porsche GT3 RS was released in August last year, it was greeted by demand that far outstripped its global supply.

Packing a 368kW flat-six, a telepathic PDK transmission and a $387,700 price tag; the most potent, track-ready iteration of Porsche’s flagship sports car sold out in quick order.

You may not have heard, however, that a second release of the GT3 RS went on sale a few months after. Similarly, car-nuts around the world were also rapt with this release, and many hopeful buyers were left empty-handed. It also had a flat-six… sort of. It too had a trick flappy-paddle gearbox… sort of. It also had three-lug wheels, like a Citroen 2CV or a Peugeot 106, and it was an absolute steal at $499.99, slipping well under the luxury car tax. It’d undoubtedly be a worthy of a Wheels feature… if it wasn’t designed for occupants that are under 5cm tall.

The Lego Technic 911 GT3 RS is a 1:8 scale replica of the revered GT3 RS. The Lego kit comprises 2704 pieces, and has a functional gearbox with forward and reverse gears, a rotating crankshaft, moving pistons and a luggage set in the frunk for 1:8 scale grand tours.

But what should happen to your plastic miniature men should they careen off the dining table at home? Well German organisation ADAC (the Deutsche equivalent of our RACV or NRMA) built a scale version of a real crash-test simulation, and put the Lego world’s most popular sports car to the test.

Now, the footage looks bad, especially to anyone who has spent hours on a Lego project, but ADAC pointed out that most of the destruction is as a result of the connection points, not the actual parts- so those that cringe at the sight of this can rest easy with the knowledge that the car can be rebuilt.

And hey, if you think about it: the spectacle of smashed flying parts is actually a very smart and effective way to dissipate force and energy produced in a sudden collision. This Lego Porsche really isn’t that dissimilar to a Lamborghini Aventador, whose carbon fibre monocoque is designed to detach from the engine on impact to protect the “life cell” and its occupants.

We’d advise against slinging any of your Lego creations against a wall given the time investment involved in creating them (plus the fact that Lego shrapnel is unkind to unprotected feet), but if you’ve ever wondered how a Lego car would handle an impact at speed, watch the footage below.