The LEGO VIP program held a special car meet video for the 10295 Porsche 911 this week where LEGO design master Mike Psiaki, Porsche exterior designer Fabian Schmölz, and Jörg Thilow of product development at the Porsche heritage and museum revealed their thoughts and insight on the new model.
As part of this video, Ginny Buckley, host of the first car meet and an automotive journalist asked what the design process was like considering the challenges raised by the coronavirus pandemic. Mike revealed that development ran from February 2020 to April that year, right near the start of when companies were shutting doors and having employees work from home.
The LEGO Group was no different and in the middle of the development sent everyone home for their own safety. This meant that the designing would continue from Mike’s garage, a fitting temporary HQ considering the vehicular nature of the model. That also makes it the very first LEGO car that has been designed in a garage.
However, there were some positive outlooks to this new way of working. During the video it was revealed that Mike and Jörg would video call a couple of times a week which allowed time to share screens and the current state of the model, getting the Porsche experts wisdom on the final product. This also meant that the development time was shorter as feedback could be instantly sent back to Billund online for further deliberation.
It’s interesting to hear how the LEGO designers have adapted to working outside of the HQ and you might be able to look forward to more of the VIP car meet videos in the future, as Ginny Buckley states that this was the first of the videos. Hopefully future ones will delve into just as much detail. In the meantime 10295 Porsche 911 is available now for £119.99 / $149.99 / €129.99, as long as you’re a VIP member.