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LEGO Technic Porsche 911 RSR takes on shifting sands and perceptions in the desert

These Porsche photos blend reality with fantasy.

Photo by Tomek Makolski

Tomek Makolski has made the public take a second look before. In 2017, the commercial photographer took a series of photographs of Warsaw, Poland and superimposed what was made to look like a life size LEGO 911. Now, he's done something similar with the same LEGO Technic Porsche 911 RSR model, that now wears a different colored skin, and the Dubai cityscape.

The images, a mixture of skillful camera work and post-production techniques, recently caught the eye of Porsche. His other images of another LEGO Porsche have caught the eye of Instagram users for the last few years.

Makolski travelled to Dubai to get the background shots. The result of the blend of techniques is a number of static and action shots with authentic light.

LEGO Porsche 911 RSR

Photo by Tomek Makolski

"I shot the car in the studio in Warsaw," he explains, "and applied all the light there. It was essential to reproduce it exactly as it was on location before going into post-production. There, with the help of Kamil Karpiński at adspringer.com, we put everything together, including the additional blur and flames."

This LEGO model isn't the only vehicle Makolski has photographed. His commercial work extends across multiple automaker vehicles including Toyota, Porsche, and Audi. He also works with Formula 1 teams.

The LEGO Technic Porsche 911 RSR is a 2,704-piece build that debuted in 2016. It has doors and hood at open, a trunk with case, authentic stickers, and rims in the original design with an RS emblem. It's a 1:8 scale model of a true 911 sitting at 17 cm in height, 57 cm in length, and was 25 cm wide. The kit, which is still available at LEGO.com, goes for $299.99 (US).

LEGO has recently released a variety of Technic models including a Lamborghini Sián FKP 37, McLaren Senna, and Land Rover Defender.

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Automotive toys

McLaren and LEGO team up on two new models

The automaker released two LEGO models for the holiday season.

McLaren

McLaren cars are among the quickest and most sought after vehicles on the planet, but not everyone can swallow their six-figure price tags. There's good news, though. Those of us who aren't able to get in the driver's seat can pick up the new LEGO kits and build our own mini-McLarens at home. The automaker partnered with the toy brand to offer two models for the holidays.

McLaren The open-top McLaren Elva in LEGO form.McLaren

McLaren is also offering auto-themed luggage from Tumi and a special line of clothing, but that's not why where here. We're most interested in the LEGO versions of the McLaren Elva and McLaren Senna GTR. However, with hundreds of pieces each, these aren't the simplest of toys. The Senna GTR LEGO replica comes in 830 pieces and features a V8 engine with moving pistons, opening dihedral doors, and a deep blue livery.

The McLaren Elva is *only* 263 pieces and replicates the cleverly designed, super-aerodynamic open-top car. McLaren says that the real car uses aero to shelter its occupants from wind. There is no windshield and no windows on the car, both of which are details that look great in the blocky LEGO format.

McLaren McLaren also worked with Tumi to develop car-themed luggage.McLaren

If you're itching to hand-assemble either McLaren LEGO model at home, the Senna costs $49.99 and the Elva costs $19.99.

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Electric sports car

Porsche Taycan has outsold the 911 in 2021

The Taycan has outsold a few Porsche models so far this year.

Porsche

The Porsche Taycan is an impressive EV with speed and build quality to shame almost anything else on the road. As we learned from Porsche today, those attributes resonated with buyers, as the Taycan outsold the Porsche 911 during the first nine months of 2021.

Porsche Taycan The Taycan's steep starting price doesn't seem like much of a sticking point for buyers.Porsche

Yes, the electric car that starts at almost $83,000 outsold the most iconic sports car of all time. However, Porsche's had a good year, and it's not all thanks to the Taycan. In today's SUV-crazed world, it's not surprising to see that the Cayenne is still Porsche's most popular model. The automaker sold 62,451 of its flagship SUV in the first nine months of the year. The Macan sold a respectable 61,944.

Now, consider that the Taycan – a brand new, expensive, all-electric car – sold almost half as many units as those two iconic SUVs. Further cementing its place in the Porsche lineup, the car outsold the 911 by almost 700 units and decimated sales of the 718 Boxster and 718 Cayman, which combined sold 15,916 units. The Panamera, which offers a similar body style to the Taycan, sold 20,275.

Porsche SUVs The Cayenne and Macan both sold very well.Porsche

Porsche has had a good year in all markets it serves, but the U.S. market showed the strongest sales growth, climbing to 51,615 vehicles sold in the first nine months of the year. That's a 30 percent jump from 2020, and the rest of North America was just as strong with a combined 29 percent increase in growth. China did the most to propel Porsche's sales skyward, with almost 70,000 cars sold there.

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