So, finally, the Ultimate IP Car is not a Mercedes or McLaren as predicted by Lego Technic fans, but a Porsche 911 GT3. The body of the car is orange, with big dimensions (it’s one of the biggest Lego Technic cars ever made). The car is beautiful, new parts really help style : new rims, new panels for wheels arch, and some other new smaller panels. Regarding functions, this Porsche includes a flat 6-cylinder engine at the back, sequential gearbox on steering wheel, opening doors, opening hood with a suitcase, and a glove compartment with a unique model serial number. Lots of details also, like yellow brake calipers, lights, low profile tires. The box is very nice, and it this set includes a book which describes the history of Lego Technic and Porsche cars.
The Porsche 911 GT3 has also few kinks. The major one is the sequential gearbox in two parts : front/reverse lever, plus 4-speed sequential gearbox. In consequence, this Porsche has 4 normal gears and 4 reverse gears, which is ugly. Moreover, speeds are difficult to operate and sometimes systems get stuck, so it’s necessary to shake all transmissions components to fix the issue. Turning radius is not so good as expected on Lego Technic cars. And finally, the 6-cylinder motor don’t work with 1st, 2nd, and 3rd gears, it works only with the 4th gear due to friction… Why such architecture in a Lego Set sold approximately 300$/300€ ? Regarding price and license, glitches of the Lego Technic 42056 Porsche 911 are not acceptable.
The first images of the Lego Technic Porsche 911 GT3 RS show a black Porsche with white stickers. This black version will not be available because it was specific to the “teaser”. According to the designer, the Porsche 911 GT3 RS is the first car of a new collection, which will very probably includes other amazing popular cars like Ferrari or Mercedes. Very cool, but there’s an additional information : the black version of the Porsche shows new black panels (small dashboard panel, black curved panels, wheels arch panels), and those black panels have never been released. They will very probably took place on another model, then it will be possible to build a black Porsche 911 GT3 RS.
LEGO Technic Air Tech Claw Rig - Set 8868 (1992) 
Lego weekend to raise money for the East Anglian Air Ambulance.
6th and 7th August 2011 at Holt Hall (Field Studies Centre)
A fun weekend for children and big kid adults, including displays and scenes made from Lego, along with many Lego related games and competitions, a Lego Play Area and bouncy castle. Refreshments were available for the adults while the kids looked at the displays etc.
On Sunday 7th a Lego auction was held, for many of the exhibits, some pieces signed by celebrities, including one signed by Stephen Fry, a custom built TV studio.
Members of the public were asked to make a donation and sign Lego bricks which were made into a tower, if it’s tall enough a picture will be sent to Guinness in a bid to set the world record for the largest tower of blocks signed by different people.
The organisers will have to wait a few weeks for the record attempt to be verified.
An estimated 4,000 visited the event - raising upward of £10,000 for the East Anglian Air Ambulance.
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All materials can be oriented to a small white mining truck, which looks like the Lego Technic 42035 but a little bit smaller and without single piston engine. This small truck helps to imagine how bigger is the excavator, that’s cool, and if you have other small Lego Technic sets you can combine them to get a unique scene, with the masterpiece : the Lego Technic 42055 Bucket Wheels Excavator !
Other Lego Technic sets are not really interesting, essentially by a lack of technical functions or not well designed. Of course, they’re not bad at all, but their educational and technical interests are limited in comparison of models presented above. That’s why they are not in categories “Best Lego for beginners, experienced or expert builders”.