LEGO Speed Champions 1974 Porsche 911 Turbo 3.0
Or you could just as well buy it for yourselfby Tudor Rus, on
LEGO’s partnership with Porsche has seen a handful of awesome builds over the past years, most of them offered under the Speed Champions moniker. However, the collabo between the two brands has reached its apex on two occasions. The first one was the introduction of set number 42056, a stunning LEGO Technic build that replicated the might Porsche 911 GT3 RS through 2,704 pieces. The second peak was set number 42096, a fully-blown Porsche 911 RSR that mirrored the real-life GT endurance racer to the very tiny detail.
As far as the Speed Champions series is concerned, Porsche’s representatives ranged from a stunning 917K joined by its more modern counterpart, the Le Mans-winning 919 Hybrid to the likes of 918 Spyder and more race-ready 911s. Speaking of which, last year LEGO and Porsche launched set number 75888 which included a miniature 911 RSR and a 911 Turbo 3.0. The latter, however, has been reinterpreted as a standalone set for 2019, with a minor but pretty obvious change.
LEGO Speed Champions 1974 Porsche 911 Turbo 3.0 (75895)
The first question that must be asked here is why did Porsche and LEGO bring back the 911 Turbo 3.0 as a standalone set. Now, with the undersigned being an avid LEGO fan who happens to own the 911 RSR and 911 Turbo 3.0 set, we can tell you this: the pictures don’t really do justice to the Turbo 3.0 simply because the amount of detail LEGO’s designers were able to bake into a 180-piece plastic car is simply stunning. Based on that, we believe there was a high demand for the set just because of the Turbo 3.0.
But since the set comprises two cars, it is priced at $29.99 - which is a tad expensive if you’re only looking to get the Turbo 3.0. So we believe LEGO and Porsche figured that out (perhaps there’ve been a lot of fan requests asking for just the Turbo 3.0, too) and as a result, you can now get the LEGO Speed Champions 1974 Porsche 911 Turbo 3.0 as a set on its own, painted white instead of green and priced at $14.99. You’ll have to wait a bit though, since it won’t be available before the 1st of August.
From our experience, building a one-car LEGO Speed Champions set takes between 15 and 25 minutes, depending on how skilled the builder is and how many stickers the car has. Because stickers can be a headache, especially for motorsport-inspired sets. Our trick is to use a tweezer to apply them, as you’ll get more control - you do want them aligned to perfection, right? Luckily, the Porsche 911 Turbo 3.0 comes with a few stickers (the Porsche logo on the hood, front bumpers, and rear windscreen) so building it should be pretty straightforward.
The white 911 Turbo 3.0 also sports the same dimensions as the green one and stretches to 4 cm in height, 15 cm in length, and 6 cm in width.
As some of you probably know already, every car in the LEGO Speed Champions series is underpinned by a large plastic piece that acts as a chassis if you wish. Everything else gets placed on it, from the wheel arches to the seat, steering wheel, and hood.
The real-life Porsche 930
When the real 1974 Porsche 911 Turbo 3.0 (aka Porsche 930) was introduced, it was the fastest production car available in Germany. Initially available with a 3-liter turbocharged engine, the Turbo 3.0 packed 256 horsepower and 243 pound-feet of torque. The iconic "whale tail" rear spoiler was brought to the mix in an attempt to redirect more air to the engine but also to build more downforce at the rear.
After four years on the market, the engine saw a bump in displacement to 3.3 liters. It was also fitted with an air-to-air intercooler, allowing Porsche’s engineers to lift the car’s output to 296 horsepower and 304 pound-feet of torque.
|Displacement||3 liters, 3.3 liters from 1978|
|Power (horsepower)||256, 296 from 1978|
|Torque (pound-feet)||243, 304 from 1987|
|Wheelbase||89.4 inches (2,272 mm)|
|Length||168.9 inches (4,291 mm)|
|Width||69.9 inches (1,775 mm)|
|Height||51.6 inches (1,311 mm)|
|Curb weight||2,668-3,040 pounds (1,210-1,379 kilos)|
Read our full review on the 1975 - 1989 Porsche 911 (930).
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