Not everyone can get their hands on a $175,900 Porsche, but this week LEGO unveiled the next best thing. The LEGO Technic Porsche 911 GT3 RS is a detailed 1:8 scale replica of the sportscar, crafted by senior design manager Andrew Woodman and senior designer Uwe Wabra in collaboration with Porsche. There are 2704 pieces in the set which combine to form features like opening doors, a working steering wheel with paddle shifters, a glove box, and a trunk and hood that lift to expose an engine with moving pistons and a tiny suitcase.



In an interview shared by LEGO, Woodman and Wabra said that the conceptual phase for the LEGO& Porsche GT3 R3 began back in 2013 as a top-secret project. The designers worked out the technical aspects and shape of the model with Porsche, then got busy developing the rims and other details unique to the original, all while keeping the parts aligned with the rest of the Technic catalog. "One of the biggest challenges for us laid in designing an element that works on the 911 GT3 RS, but also in general with all others LEGO Technic elements," Woodman said.

LEGO is scheduled to release the set on June 1 at LEGO.com.

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