Toy company Lego and luxury car manufacturer Porsche have teamed up to release the Lego Technic Porsche 911 GT3 RS, which is the new flagship product in Lego's Technic line.
Containing 2,704 components, the model will be made available beginning June 1 for $299 through Lego's online store and in select physical stores of the toy brick company in Austria and Germany, and beginning August 1 in all other stores.
"Like every sports car with the Porsche emblem on the hood, the Lego version of the Porsche 911 GT3 RS also combines design, performance, and functionality," Lego said in its press release announcing the new Technic model, adding that the box includes a collector's book containing an exclusive look into the development of the Lego Technic Porsche 911 GT3 RS.
Designing, approving and manufacturing the model took almost three years, with Lego artisans working closely with Porsche in the development of the 1:8 scale model. The complexity of the piece is because of the trademark moving components that are seen in most of Lego's Technic products.
Among the mechanical pieces are a functional steering wheel, active engine cylinders and an operational transmission with a replica dual clutch. The model also has working doors, an adjustable rear wing, a dashboard with gauges and a glove compartment that contains a unique serial number.
Assembling the model out of the box would approximately take 14 hours to 20 hours, as the usual Lego bricks are joined by different pieces that are only seen in Lego's Technic products.
That amount of time is a small price to pay to have the Lego Technic Porsche 911 GT3 RS displayed at home, especially for Porsche enthusiasts who might be having trouble saving up to purchase the real thing worth $175,900.
At the very least, though, this particular Porsche will not catch fire, as did a Porsche in the New York International Auto Show earlier in April.