Automakers charging large sums of money for well-crafted scale models is certainly nothing new. Just think back to McLaren pricing its 1:8 scale replica of the P1 at just over $12,000 a few years ago.
Yet, you can have something even more track-focused if collecting 1:8 scale models is what you’re into. It’s the Porsche 919 Hybrid race car, initially limited to just 100 units. Currently, according to the automaker’s online marketplace, there are only 4 units left. The problem of course is the $14,689 price tag.
Whoever might be willing and/or able to spend that much money on it, will get to enjoy fine details such as how the doors and the rear engine cover can be opened.
Other key features include the fact that it’s been reproduced accurately to one tenths of a millimeter, has aluminum and pewter parts, plus authentic paints (cut and polished by hand). The scale model was manufactured with the same tech they use to create prototypes and over 3,000 hours of work went into it.
Once you receive your order, you’ll also find that the 919 Hybrid ships with a showcase. Meanwhile, its carbon-coated socket will feature a badge stating which limited edition model number you have, plus all the relevant performance figures of the vehicle and the signatures of the drivers.
In the end though, there’s no escaping the fact that $14,689 is a lot of money for a 1:8 scale model car. It’s more than what you’d spend on a real, entry-level 2018 Kia Rio.