Crash tests are an important part of the process of making sure our cars are safe. Lego bricks are an important part of making sure our kids are entertained. Put the two together in the form of a Porsche 911 GT3 RS crash test and it’s both terrible and fantastic to watch.
This video comes courtesy of ADAC, which is the German equivalent of AAA. The group usually crash tests real cars at their facility in Landsberg, Germany, so they have all the fancy, expensive equipment needed to figure out which cars are safe in a crash and which cars are lacking.
Much like the real 911 GT3 RS is an incredible example of automotive engineering, the Lego version of this car is an equally impressive kit for fans of those little colored bricks. It includes over 2700 individual bricks and a manual with 856 steps. You can own one for $299.99 making it far more affordable than the metal version.
It looks just like the real thing with an adjustable rear spoiler, red suspension springs, a working gearbox and steering wheel, and even a model serial number in the glovebox. It’s the kind of Lego project that makes enthusiasts smile and parents cringe when they realize exactly who is going to be putting it together over the next three months.
The engineers at the ADAC facility took the challenge of testing the Lego kit very seriously. They didn’t simply smash it into a wall like a toddler. Instead, they set up a mini version of the real crash test. According to ADAC,
“The challenge was now to test this small car in the normal crash system and still produce the most realistic damage possible,” explains Johannes Heilmaier, head of the crash system at the ADAC Technikzentrum. “We developed a crash set-up like for any other car – just in mini format.”
They set up their test along with cameras to catch the action and, of course, set it all to appropriate music. The experiment sent the Lego Porsche careening down the test course at 28 mph where it all ends in a spectacular display of Lego carnage.
Being engineers, they even analyzed the results. The chassis held up with little damage to the Lego bricks, but the click connections failed sending those bricks everywhere. Watch the mayhem for yourself and try not to cringe as you think of the hours of work that were destroyed in seconds.