They still haven’t improved the cargo space though

Ever dreamed of owning the limited-production 911R? Who hasn’t, right? Well, now’s your chance to get your hands on one; in fact, you can even build one yourself. Porsche has collaborated with Ravensburger to launch a 3D puzzle version of the legendry car that was first built over 50 years ago. What a time to be alive!

This Is a D-I-Y Project For The Motorheads

You Can Now Own Your Very Own Porsche 911R in 3D Puzzle Form Exterior
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Ravensburger and Porsche have jointly created a 1:18 scale model of the 911 R. The only rouse we have is that it doesn’t get the 911 R’s drool-worthy 4.0-liter, six-cylinder that produces 493 horses. Olivier Eidam, Head of Brand Partnerships and Sponsoring at Porsche, said: “We were excited to be involved in such a project, working together with our partner Ravensburger to recreate one of our iconic sports cars–no other than the 911 R–in the form of a 3D puzzle”.

Although it may sound like a simple process, building the puzzle seems to be as meticulous as building the car itself.

“It was a challenge to recreate the iconic shape of the Porsche 911 R as accurately and in as much detail as possible”, says Martin Fischer, a development engineer at Ravensburger. “That and dividing up the puzzle segments were the most complex steps from a technical point of view.” Good news is that this is just the beginning of a long-term collaboration. So, we might get to see other Porsche models miniaturized as well. The puzzle is retailing at $35 a pop and can be availed at the online, or physical stores of both the companies.

Our Take

You Can Now Own Your Very Own Porsche 911R in 3D Puzzle Form Exterior
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Whoever came up with this idea needs to be patted on the back. Since the car is technically being launched again, can we call it the third generation? And, we hope this time it’s not a limited-production car. Share your thoughts in the comments section below, while I go get myself a 911 R!

Further reading

2017 Porsche 911 R High Resolution Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2017 Porsche 911 R.

When it was first built over 50 years ago, the 911 R represented a milestone in Porsche’s history. In 2016, the sports car manufacturer decided to build a second generation of this classic car. This new generation will now be reissued – in miniature. In collaboration with Porsche, the toy manufacturer Ravensburger is launching a 3D puzzle version of the 911 R.

“We were excited to be involved in such a project, working together with our partner Ravensburger to recreate one of our iconic sports cars–no other than the 911 R–in the form of a 3D puzzle”, says Oliver Eidam, Head of Brand Partnerships and Sponsoring at Porsche.

The engineers from Ravensburg were just as meticulous in their work as their colleagues in Weissach: The very first step in the development process of a 3D puzzle is a feasibility study using a rough model. This is followed by an initial prototype. Based on this prototype, the technical product development department divides the vehicle into individual puzzle pieces. The next step is to create a detailed design – the second prototype.

3D puzzle of the 911 R, toy manufacturer Ravensburger, 2018, Porsche AG
All 3D puzzles are manufactured using a patented process that involves injection moulding the pieces, laser-marking the inner side with ID numbers and printing the design on the outer side.

The design and manufacturing process needs to ensure that movement of the pieces during spraying is minimised – especially when curved and bendable puzzle pieces are involved. Keeping the pieces still is essential in order to produce a precisely printed surface and avoid the colour seeping onto the edges of the puzzle pieces. This stage in the puzzle manufacturing process resembles the wind tunnel tests that take place during the development of the real sports car in Weissach.

Tools for series production are then manufactured. Following this the packaging is designed, before finally ramping up to series production.

3D puzzle of the 911 R, toy manufacturer Ravensburger, 2018, Porsche AG
“It was a challenge to recreate the iconic shape of the Porsche 911 R as accurately and in as much detail as possible”, says Martin Fischer, a development engineer at Ravensburger. “That and dividing up the puzzle segments were the most complex steps from a technical point of view.”

The 3D puzzle of the 911 R is just the starting point for an extensive collaboration between Porsche and Ravensburger in the coming years. The two long-established companies share a similar ethos in terms of their dedication to their products, their skilful engineering and their exceptionally high quality standards.

3D puzzle of the 911 R, toy manufacturer Ravensburger, 2018, Porsche AG
The Porsche 911 R as 3D Puzzle
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The 3D puzzle of the 911 R provides all puzzle and sports car fans from the age of ten the opportunity to experience the fascination of sports cars in a completely new way – through 108 puzzle pieces. The puzzle is now available from the Porsche Online Shop, the Porsche Museum and at Porsche Leipzig, as well as from the Ravensburger Online Shop and toy shops.

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