If you’re like us, the safety deficiencies of LEGO toy cars is a problem that keeps you up at night—just how badly would a brick-built Porsche fare in a frontal impact, you (we) wonder, tossing and turning in bed.
Thankfully German automotive industry firm ADAC decided to find out themselves and put our questions to rest; even better, they captured the explosive 2,704-piece high-speed action on video.
Making the entire exercise cringe-worthy for Porschephiles, ADAC chose the 1:8-scale LEGO Technic Porsche 911 GT3 RS as their crash-tester of choice.
The toy car was rigged to a small-scale test track and run into a barrier wall at 45 km/h, with multiple high-speed cameras in position to capture the dramatic destruction of what was once a perfectly assembled LEGO Technic Porsche.
Interestingly, the notoriously punishing small-overlap front crash test method was used, likely because it was best suited to tearing apart the LEGO pieces as opposed to a traditional bumper-to-barrier impact.
The toy GT3 RS used in the video costs around $300, and while it’s a shame to see it reduced back to its original 2,700-plus pieces, it’s reassuring to know it will click together again with only a few replacement parts needed.
“The result was impressive and different than expected. The chassis of the car had no problems with the high speed, and there were very little damaged pieces on impact. It was almost exclusively the joint connections between the components,” said Johannes Heilmaier of ADAC.
It’s unclear if the diminutive 3D-printed crash-test dummy belted into the RS survived unscathed, or will also require some measure of reassembly.
(ADAC via YouTube)