The ultimate Porsche in-a-Boxster
RIGHT at the top of the Porsche range of sports cars sits the £130,000-plus 911 GT3 RS, writes William Scholes.
Essentially a road legal racing car, the GT3 RS is highly desirable but way beyond the reach of most ordinary mortals.
Celebrate, then, this new set from Lego, which will join the Technic line-up this summer.
Following in the beautifully-to-scale tyre tracks of other Lego kits such as last year's Mercedes-Benz truck, this set is firmly aimed at adults who will neither balk at the challenge of assembling its near-3,000 pieces nor mind paying £200 for the privilege.
Lego prizes authenticity with these top-of-the-range sets, and has worked with Porsche to get the details just right, all in 1:8-scale.
These include pieces coloured Lava Orange, echoing one the striking paint finishes of the real thing, an adjustable rear spoiler, racing seats, a steering wheel with gearshift paddles, a detailed dashboard and even an opening glove box.
Beneath the rear engine cover is a flat-six engine with moving pistons, a working gearbox, there are even highly detailed brake calipers and the suspension springs are red.
The gearbox sounds like it will be a particular challenge, being a Lego version of Porsche's double-clutch affair, with rubber bands used to add tension to the paddle shifters and a gear selector with forward and reverse settings.
The instruction book is an inch thick, and the finished model is more than six inches high, almost two foot long and nine inches wide.
In the absence of a real GT3 RS coming my way, I'll be clearing space for one of these myself this summer...