For the first time, Porsche is unveiling new concept cars, designed from 2005 to 2019, which have never been seen before. The manufacturer thus unveils its own spectacular visions of 15 different cars referenced in a book available at the Porsche Museum. Here are some of these previously mysterious Porsches…
“Fans all over the world love the innovative design of our sports cars,” says Oliver Blume, Chairman of the Porsche Board of Management. “Visionary concept studies are the basis for this success: they provide the reservoir of ideas for the Porsche design of tomorrow and combine our strong tradition with revolutionary future technologies”.
Unpublished design studies are presented, linking them to current production models, all with Porsche’s chief designer, Michael Mauer (see video).
For fans of the brand, the book entitled “Porsche Unseen” is published by the Delius Klasing publishing house. Interested readers will be able to take a detailed look behind the scenes of Porsche style. A selection of studies will also be on display at a later date for fans to admire live: the Porsche Museum will include the models in the exhibition in 2021.
The design process begins with a sketch. And even if afterwards “the virtual world is the first step”, explains Michael Mauer, “it is above all necessary to live these models in reality, on a scale of 1:1 to better understand the proportions.”
“Porsche intentionally has only one design studio – located in the direct vicinity of the development,” explains Michael Mauer.
“Weissach is our epicentre. Instead of opening cutting-edge design studios in the remote metropolises of North America and Asia, our designers come from all over the world to Porsche in Weissach to create the latest series-produced sports cars and automotive visions at the heart of the brand. More than 120 designers, experts in interiors, exteriors, colours and materials, model makers, pattern makers and design engineers work in the Porsche Design Studio”.
“Our studies do not necessarily commit Porsche to putting all our concepts on the road! Rather, it’s about establishing a creative space and a relationship with the future”, says Michael Mauer in describing the design process and adds: “There are two possibilities for continuing to develop as a brand: either you improve your products from the present, step by step. However, it is difficult to be really innovative in this process. Either you give free rein to your creativity. The idea is to let your thoughts jump to the day after tomorrow and then design them for tomorrow”.
On the basis of this idea, Porsche develops the long-term product identity. In this process, the aim is to combine the Porsche design DNA with state-of-the-art automotive engineering. On the one hand, this guarantees the innovative capability of future Porsche models and, on the other hand, it also provides an evolutionary reference to Porsche’s rich history.
Concept Porsche 919 Street 2017
The Porsche 919 Street (model clay 1/1) has been developed on the basis of the technology used in the Porsche 919 Hybrid of the Le Mans 24 Hours, promising to make the exhilarating driving experience of the LMP1 race car available to amateur drivers.
Underneath the bodywork are the carbon monocoque and the 900 bhp hybrid powertrain that enabled the Porsche 919 to win at Le Mans. The dimensions and wheelbase are also the same as those of the race car.
Porsche Vision Spyder 2019
With its spartan and purist cockpit, the characteristic radiator grilles above the mid-engine, the red graphic elements and the suggested ailerons at the rear, the compact Porsche Vision Spyder (1/1 resin model) is clearly reminiscent of the 1954 Porsche 550-1500 RS Spyder.
At the same time, the study aimed to develop Porsche’s design identity and provide a reservoir of ideas for future details – for example, the ultra-modern roll bar.
Porsche Vision Renndienst 2018
The vision of Porsche “Renndienst” (1/1 resin model) is the free interpretation of a family-friendly space concept for up to six people. The design team has created a futuristic “space shuttle” with interesting proportions.
The study shows how Porsche’s design DNA, with its characteristic surface modelling, can be transferred to a vehicle segment unknown to the brand. Inside, passengers find a comfortable and flexible travel cabin. The driver is seated in a central seat.
The all-electric drive technology is housed under the floor. Thus, passengers can enjoy an unexpectedly generous amount of space and travel experience, combined with Porsche-style styling.