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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

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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This gorgeous 911 sports a rebuilt title.

Cars and Bids

Values of even less desirable Porsche 911 models have skyrocketed in recent years, but the early- to mid-1990s cars have always been special. This one falls well within the parameters, though it's got a backstory that will turn many buyers away. This 1991 Porsche 911 has a rebuilt Texas title, and as one commenter noted, the issue could be the result of a collision with a deer.

Rebuilt title or not, this car's quite the looker. It wears Grand Prix White over black leather, and it feature power windows and exterior mirrors, a sunroof, and a unique Turbo body kit. It has been modified, although lightly, with 18-inch wheels, power front seats, and a new stereo system. Under the rear engine cover lies a turbocharged 3.3-liter flat-six that makes 315 horsepower. It's connected to the rear wheels via a five-speed manual transmission.

1991 Porsche 911This is one of the most iconic sports car silhouettes ever.Cars and Bids

This car's apparently flaw-free appearance hides the rather nasty fact that it has a rebuilt title. A detail-oriented commenter on the auction mentioned finding information on the car's damage, including repairs performed after a collision with a deer and subsequent hair removal. We'll let you decide how that impacts your feelings on the car.

1991 Porsche 911The interior looks untouched, though those are replacement seats.Cars and Bids

If it's any indication of how valuable a good condition example of this car would be, it was bid to $95,000 with a rebuilt title and still didn't meet the reserve price. While it's a bummer for those hoping their bid would be the one, cars like this do occasionally pop up without deer damage, so it's worth keeping your eyes open.

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The Sport Classic comes to the U.S. for the first time next year.

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Porsche's bringing the 911 Sport Classic back to market, and it's headed to the United States for the first time. The car features distinctive styling, a rowdy twin-turbo flat-six engine, and plenty of go-fast gear from the 911 Turbo S upon which it is based. The car is scheduled for limited release late in 2022 as a 2023 model year.

2021 Porsche 911 Sport ClassicThe Sport Classic comes exclusively with a manual transmission and RWD.Porsche

The Sport Classic gets the Turbo S powertrain, which means a 3.7-liter twin-turbocharged flat-six engine producing 543 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque. It's paired exclusively with a seven-speed manual transmission and rear-wheel drive. Porsche says the combo makes the car the most powerful 911 with a manual gearbox currently on sale. The Sport Classic also gets a laundry list of parts from the Turbo S, including Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes, rear-axle steering, a sport exhaust, and an active sport suspension system.

2021 Porsche 911 Sport ClassicThe car comes with an interior not seen since the Porsche 918 Spyder.Porsche

The car' comes with Sport Grey Metallic paint with grey accent stripes, a carbon fiber reinforced plastic hood, and unique graphics on both sides. It rides on 20-inch wheels up front and 21-inch wheels in back, which are designed as reinterpretations of the old-school Fuchs design. In back, the Sport Classic gets unique bodywork that sets it apart from the 911 Turbo, such as deleted air intakes and a large ducktail spoiler. Inside, the 911 gets open-pore wood trim and semi-aniline leather upholstery in cognac and black. Porsche says the Sport Classic is the first car to get that type of leather since the iconic 918 Spyder.

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