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What happens when a Porsche 911 crashes into the side of a Bugatti Chiron? It’s a question that nobody wants an answer to because of all the heartache that will ensure. Fortunately, Germany’s ADAC, the largest automobile club in Europe, found a way to see the aftermath of a 911-on-Chiron crime without having to actually use real-life versions of the Porsche 911 and, gulp, Bugatti Chiron. Instead of using the actual cars, ADAC opted to perform its experiment of sorts using the LEGO Technic versions of both the 911 and the Chiron. The whole stunt looks like it was done for giggles, but ADAC actually did with serious intentions, specifically to see if this type of test can simulate and replace actual crash tests involving actual cars. Judging by the aftermath of the “crash,” ADAC emphatically received an answer to its experiment.


What happens when you crash the LEGO Bugatti Chiron and LEGO Porsche 911 at 60kmh (37mph)? German automobile association ADAC put these brick-built vehicles to the test and recorded the result with eight high speed cameras!

Posted by Beyond the Brick on Tuesday, October 15, 2019

I’ve seen this video a couple of times already, and the toy collector in me cringes every time I watch it. it’s one thing to watch a crash test video involving real cars. We’re all used to watching those videos so nothing is surprising about them anymore. But we’re not talking about a pair of Toyotas here. We’re talking about LEGO Technic versions of the Bugatti Chiron and the Porsche 911. For the life of me, I can’t imagine why someone would spend so much time piecing together these two LEGO cars and the have one of them crash into the side of the other at 37 mph. It doesn’t make sense if you’re doing it for cheap thrills. There are far easier ways to do get that high.

Then again, this test conducted by ADAC, the largest automobile club in Europe with more than 20 million members, wasn’t done just to see the LEGO Technic Porsche 911 crash into the LEGO Technic Bugatti Chiron. There’s a method to all this madness.

Apparently, ADAC wanted to see if this type of crash test involving miniature toy cars could end up being used as simulators for real-world crash tests.

Simply put, ADAC wanted to find out if crashing two intricately built LEGO cars could replace actual crash tests. While the thought sounds nice, the experiment actually doesn’t make sense, at least if you use LEGO versions of cars like the 911 and the Chiron. Even if there’s an incredible amount of detail that went into building these LEGO cars, the main component that was used in the build was plastic. You can’t compare a crash between two plastic cars and actual cars.

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The results of the experiment bear fruit to that. The two cars ended up as wrecks after the crash to the point that rebuilding either would’ve been impossible. It made for a great spectacle — unless you’re a LEGO truther — but at the end of the day, it’s borderline impossible to be able to use data from this crash test and assume that it could be applied to real tests involving real cars.

The good news is that ADAC arrived at the same conclusion.

According to the organization, simulations like this are “not good enough to replace the actual crash tests.”

It seems like everyone’s on the same page with that revelation. Still, the crash did make for an incredible sight, even if there were cringes and gasps in between. It’s not every day that a LEGO Technic Porsche 011 can be wired in such a way that it crashes into a LEGO Technic Bugatti Veyron. Then again, that “day” has arrived, much to the chagrin of LEGO builders the world over.

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