Here’s Why The LEGO Porsche 911 GT3 is Actually So Impressive

Lego is undoubtedly one of the most iconic and successful toys of all time, and it seems like an almost daily occurrence that one Lego builder or another makes your jaw literally hit the floor with their impressive creations—but sometimes, they come from the company itself.

Petrolicious has featured some of these Lego artists before (in many respects, that’s what they are), artists who just happen to use Lego bricks as their medium to showcase that imagination and craftsmanship have virtually no limits. We’re big fans of people like Malte Dowrowski who not only free-styled a bespoke Porsche 997 GT3 4.0, but also his own Martini and Rossi Porsche racing team as well. All out of Lego, of course. But not everybody can be a builder who can figure things out by themselves and build a bespoke model “freehand”.

For the rest of us, there are the official Lego sets that come complete with instruction manuals, and the company has been on a tear in recent years, packaging up some amazing kits in their own right like the Lego Taj Mahal, the Lego Ghostbusters Firehouse, and let’s not forget about the Lego Death Star. Because, seriously, who doesn’t need their own small medicine ball-sized Death Star?

That is what I was both a little apprehensive and excited to receive the just-released Lego Technic 42056 Porsche 911 GT3 RS kit that the company developed in conjunction with Porsche. Apprehensive because the kit contains 2,704 pieces, and that a mischievous toddler lives in my house. Excited because it had been a long while since I built a Lego kit, and I was interested to see if building this Technic kit would teach me something—about Lego, cars, or engineering.

The Lego Technic Porsche 911 GT3 RS kit comes in an impressive box, so you know you’re in for something special. When you open the lid, the first thing you see is the instruction manual with the Porsche crest on the cover. Then you take out the manual…and find it’s 578-pages long. OK, this is probably going to take some time, especially if you haven’t built a Technic model before. To help set the mood, and ease you into it—and to try and make you forget about the considerable heft of the instructions—the first section chronicles the history of Porsche, and parallels both the actual “991” GT3 RS development with the Lego version which happened at the same time.

There are four smaller sub-boxes of parts in the kit, each pertaining to a different chapter in the manual, and roughly corresponding to how Porsche might build the actual car. For example, start with the drivetrain, build the chassis, then marry the two together, just like the factory does it. Next comes the frame, and then body. Neat. There are a total of 856 steps in the instruction manual, and by my (very patient) wife’s account, I expended several hours of effort on just the first sub-box.

I did say this was Lego’s “advanced” line, didn’t I?

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By Benjamin Shahrabani
Photography by Ted Gushue







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