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Saturday, 18 February 2012

Once You See It, You'll Shit Bricks

What you see here, in case you somehow didn't get it from the image, is a 1978 Porsche 935/78 "Moby Dick" racing car recreated as accurately as possible in Lego. Complete with Martini Racing colours. I've seen some cool stuff made out of Lego, but this is definitely up there...

A real 935/78
Malte Dorowski is the person responsible for this awesome creation, mimicking a car that was seriously fast in an era of resolutely untamed racing cars. Powered by a 3.2-litre turbocharged Flat-6 producing a massive 750 horsepower - around 50bhp more than a current F1 car - the "Moby Dick" got its nickname from the new streamlined bodywork that gave it a very, very long tail. Being white also helps. Compared to the 750kg 935/77 that went before it, the 1030kg '78 was a bit of a whale on the weighing scale, but with that kind of power and much-improved aerodynamics, it was no slouch. In a 6-hour race at Silverstone, it was 2 seconds quicker than anyone else in qualifying and won by 7 laps over 2nd place, setting a lap time only 4 seconds shy of James Hunt's winning car in the F1 British Grand Prix. At Le Mans, it frequently did 235mph down the Mulsanne straight (although early problems prevented a win). Mostly though, people remember it for the unique body style, which in LEGO form - like most cars - looks almost pixellated.

Nevertheless, it's all there - the drooping nose, the upright A-Pillars, the sloping roof, the whale tail, even the rear wing's the same shape. I've always liked the 935 racing cars. The thick extensions on the sides to acommodate massive tyres and smooth the airflow make them look like they're wearing body armour, especially when viewed from behind, where the normal 911 tail hides beneath. Because the FIA wouldn't let Porsche extend the doors outwards to match the absurdly wide bodykit, there's a big gap in the "armour" where the driver nervously inserts himself, although it is partially covered for aerodynamic reasons. Said extra bit is hinged on this Lego car to open with the door, although whether you have to close it separately, I don't know.


No description was provided with the car on MOCpages, where many more LEGO cars can be found, so coming up now is a Speedhunters-style captioned vertical gallery:

Two-part doors open to reveal complete interior.
The steering wheel was on the right, to improve the visibility and weight balance (and by extension handling) around the La Sarthe Circuit, which is run clockwise.
See? There's a 911 under there somewhere. The turbos are visible under the tail lights.
You have to give credit to Mr. Dorowski, that shape is pretty much dead-on, although the roof clearly proved difficult.
Not that I could possibly do better.
Having left a weak spot in the proverbial armour, Porsche made a large air intake to cool that ferocious rear-mounted engine.
Bucket seat? No problem. This one's probably just as comfortable as the real one...
Cleverly, the gradual curve has been created by clipping pieces like you see here onto a flexible plastic cable. The fuel tank and either suspension parts or structural bars can also be seen here.
Here it is next to a 2010 911 GT3-R Hybrid, although the upright headlights make it look like an older 911.

Many more pictures of the car can be found on the creators MOCpages page. I also really like this 2010 Peugeot 908 he made:


Oh LEGO. Is there anything you can't build?

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