Sariel, the most famous LEGO Technic fan in the World, has just created a new mechanical masterpiece: a 1/8 scale replica (radio controlled via Buwizz 2.0) of the legendary 1970 Porsche 917K. The model features suspension, drivetrain and steering system, dihedral doors, a working steering wheel, lights and custom stickers.
On the aesthetic side, there was a number of challenges to the 917K, especially when it came to the shaping of cabin’s roof and doors.
“The tires were also problematic, because the Tumbler tires looked right but were too narrow, and it showed when seen from behind. The front tires, which are about 10% smaller than the rear ones in the real car, were intentionally undersized for two reasons. First, I wanted to use tires with rounded profile, to look like the real ones, so the flat-profiled tires that come in many LEGO versions were out of equation. Second, the real 917K has thin front fenders that the front wheels can fit right under. The LEGO replica has front fenders 1 stud thick, because there are no medium blue panels of appropriate shape, so I had to reduce the size of the front tires to make them fit under such thick fenders without rubbing against them. Finally, the rear axle is about 1 stud too wide because of the long wishbone pieces, and I had to make cutouts in the sides of the body to make the rear tires fit. However, probably the greatest challenge was setting the front hood panel in such a way that the slit in it fit the row of grille pieces in the chassis perfectly.”
Datasheet of the LEGO 1970 Porsche 917K:
- Completion date: 23/08/2018
- Power: electric (BuWizz 2.0)
- Dimensions: length 68 studs / width 32 studs / height 16 studs
- Weight: 2.088 kg
- Suspension: double wishbone independent
- Propulsion: 4 x LEGO RC motor geared 1.66:1
- Motors: 4 x LEGO RC motor, 1 x PF Servo