The creativity that people can manage with a pile of plastic bricks never ceases to amaze. The most recent Lego marvel we’ve come across is a completely operational Nissan RB30 engine. Powered by an electric motor, the approximately 1:3 scale straight-six has a moving crankshaft, pistons, turbo and a valvetrain that all moves in sync.
The engine is the creation of Lego builder Ronald Tewes, who has built all kinds of mind-blowing machinery out of Lego bricks. Some of his other projects include a Lamborghini V12, blown Hemi 426, radial engine, and this crazy Terminator arm. The RB30 similar to the one found in the R31 Nissan Skyline is admittedly a strange choice, but a turbocharged variant was used in the VL Holden Commodore, a moderately popular Australian sedan. Tewes appears to be developing his RB30 into a kit for sale, complete with instructions. So far it looks to be only for sale in Australia.
If this isn’t your speed, there are plenty of more JDM creations that fans have come up with, such as a working Toyota 4A-G, and incredibly detailed Technic Toyota FJ40 Land Cruiser and Back to the Future HiLux, Initial D-themed AE86, and a whole host of other JNCs. There’s a whole subculture of Lego car builders that come up with some insanely impressive stuff.