Lego's surprisingly elaborate miniature Porsche 911 GT3 RS model kit inspires a lot of thoughts and emotions around our office: desire, envy, and the need to build one being the main ones. One thought we never had was, "How safe is this Lego car?" Fortunately, the German auto club ADAC must have had that exact thought and wanted to crash test the Lego Porsche for us.
ADAC, the General German Automobile Club, is the largest automobile club in Europe. They operate a fleet of roadside assistance vans, but they also have air ambulance helicopters, do their own crash testing, and advocate on behalf of drivers.
And somebody in their office has a sense of humour and really wanted an excuse to build a Lego GT3.
Why else would you crash test a Lego car? Either way, we don't care. We just love that somebody did. They used ADAC's real crash test setup and sent the tiny 911 into an offset barrier test at 46 km/h.
ADAC said that the 911 fared well in the test. Head of crash testing Johannes Heilmaier said that the chassis of the car "had no problems with the high speed," adding that it wasn't the bricks that failed, but the click connections. Think of it as dissipating the impact, like the flying carbon after a Formula 1 crash.
Take a look at the video of what is quickly becoming one of our favourite crash test clips.