Automobile producers by no means simply construct a automobile from scratch with out first making 3D renderings, clay fashions, prototype shells, or perhaps a test-mule. And in spite of everything that, not all vehicles make it into manufacturing and lots of stay simply ideas. This goes for mainstream producers but in addition for smaller manufacturers. Usually launched with teaser pictures first after which introduced with an enormous bang at some prestigious automobile present, we predict we’ve seen all of it. Porsche proves us all mistaken and shared no fewer than 15 ideas from their latest previous by no means seen earlier than outdoors HQ. Right here’s a collection of what “Porsche Unseen” has to disclose!
Scanning by all of the tales protecting the 15 vehicles, you shortly understand it’s an actual smorgasbord of ideas. The actual fact most of those have by no means been launched earlier than makes for a really fascinating learn. And there are some actually superior issues to find. We’re speaking modern-day interpretations of legendary racing icons, a road-going Le Mans prototype, a factory-built Safari 911 and even a van! If I perceive accurately, all these vehicles are 1:1 scale clay or exhausting fashions.
Whereas most of those vehicles have by no means been launched by Porsche, among the ideas on this listing broke cowl nonetheless. The 2019 Porsche 981 Bergspyder as an illustration, which we briefly talked about in a latest Petrolhead Corner article on the original 909 Bergspyder, or the 2013 Porsche 917 KH Residing Legend which was launched final yr to commemorate the 50th birthday of the legendary Porsche 917.
Porsche determined to publish a guide titled “Porsche Unseen” about these 15 vehicles, simply in time for the proper Christmas present to a Porsche-nut. There’s additionally a 45-minute video interview with Michael Mauer, Porsche Head of Design, with among the vehicles defined intimately.
It’s a complicated listing of vehicles and this episode would shortly grow to be fairly lengthy if all of them are included. On the finish, there’s a hyperlink to the complete listing on one of many sources for this text if you happen to’re eager to search out out extra.
2017 Porsche 919 Road
This automobile is maybe essentially the most fascinating of the bunch, and but probably the most unlikely candidates to be constructed. It’s based mostly on the Le Mans-winning Porsche 919 Hybrid LMP1 racer, which took victory at Le Mans in 2015, 2016 and 2017 earlier than Porsche withdrew from the World Endurance Championship. After that, they turned it into the brutally fast Porsche 919 EVO which even broke a number of F1 lap information. You’d assume a road-legal model of such a automobile is only a bit bonkers, and I might most likely agree with you, no matter how cool the concept sounds. Porsche toyed round with the concept although and even deliberate to incorporate the 900bhp powertrain from the race automobile. It might have made for a severely spectacular hypercar, in a position to sustain (or maybe outrun) a lot of the superfast vehicles we’ve seen lately.
As stated, Porsche considered utilizing the identical set-up because the Le Mans conquering automobile, that means the 919 Road could be fitted with a 2 litre turbocharged V4. Working in unison with the inner combustion engine, which produces 500bhp, is a 400bhp electrical powertrain with two power recovering programs, making for a complete of 900bhp. There’s no phrase on an estimated kerb weight and it’ll absolutely be heavier than the 919 Hybrid LMP1 (which weighs solely 870kg) as a result of security necessities and such, nevertheless it’s probably Porsche would push exhausting to maintain it as gentle as doable. Sadly it by no means made it previous the stage of a full-scale mannequin however it will be an incredible new flagship automobile and a superb new chapter within the 959, Carrera GT and 918 Hybrid lineage.
Extra info on Motor1.com.
2012 Porsche 911 Imaginative and prescient Safari
The Porsche 911 is maybe essentially the most legendary sports activities automobile ever made, being perfected over a interval of just about 60 years. The present 911 is a far cry from the unique one when it comes to expertise, however the DNA of the automobile continues to be there and it stays immediately recognisable as a Porsche and as a 911. It additionally occurs to be essentially the most raced automobile in historical past, as you see all kinds of 911’s competing in numerous classes around the globe. Not solely a road-going sports activities automobile, but in addition an endurance racer, GT racer and, weirdly sufficient, a rally automobile sometimes!
The 911 is a really distinctive automobile with a really distinctive character as a result of its rear-mounted engine. It gives weight over the rear-axle, enormously benefitting traction. It’s the explanation the 911 SC 3.0 competed in the 1978 East Africa Rally. Hell, Porsche even took on the mighty Dakar rally and received, twice! As soon as with the 911 derived Porsche 953 and as soon as with the 959, each within the iconic Rothmans sponsoring. The 2012 Porsche 911 Imaginative and prescient Safari was Porsche’s concept of a modern-day descendant of all these vehicles, in becoming Martini colors (minus the Martini branding for apparent causes). Beefed up suspension, elevated floor clearance and a full roll-cage would make for one unimaginable off-road expertise. However, as with all of those ideas, Porsche by no means adopted by and constructed it.
Extra info on Road & Track.
2019 Porsche Imaginative and prescient E
Following Porsches electrical super-saloon, the Taycan, and their push in System E, it will solely make sense to at one cut-off date develop an EV sports- or supercar utilizing the identical tech. At the very least from a advertising standpoint, one thing Porsche excels in. So although Porsche, which led to the Porsche Imaginative and prescient E.
The Imaginative and prescient E supposedly makes use of the identical drivetrain from the Porsche Taycan and mixes that with bits and items (and styling components) on their 99X Electrical operating in System E. It’s a single-seat track-focused automobile with semi-exposed suspension and wheels very like a BAC Mono solely with a closed high. The entrance of the automobile consists of styling cues from their present line-up however apart from that it’s fairly a singular wanting machine, not like the rest they’ve produced earlier than.
Pushing electrical drive into the long run, as it’s going to little question an vital a part of the model within the coming years, it is smart Porsche is enjoying round with the concept of a full-fledged electrical supercar. The Taycan makes use of twin electrical motors, making between 560bhp to 750bhp mixed relying on the model (Taycan 4S, Taycan Turbo or Taycan Turbo S), and this drivetrain would absolutely make a light-weight track-car very, very fast if it will use the identical drivetrain!
Not a lot else is understood about this automobile, nevertheless it has made it to a 1:1 mock-up as a testbed for the long run. Someway, I anticipate to see this, or no less than shades of this, in electrical pushed Porsches nonetheless to come back as it’s at all times in search of new technological developments of their vehicles.
Right here’s the story on Motor1.com.
2019 Porsche Imaginative and prescient Spyder
Porsche’s historical past is riddled with iconic vehicles, a few of which with distinctive nicknames. There’s Moby Dick, the whale-tail bearing Porsche 935 K3, or as an illustration the Widowmaker, the primary Porsche 911 Turbo. Different examples are Porsche 917/20 often called the Pink Pig or the Porsche 917/30 which fits by the identify of Turbo Panzer or Can-Am Killer, whichever you like extra. There’s one automobile that has a nickname as a result of its legendary proprietor and premature demise following a crash with the stated automobile; the 1955 Porsche 550 RS Spyder owned by American actor James Dean. He famously named this automobile the Little Bastard, and it was cemented in historical past after fatally crashing it.
Why this little intro? As a nod to that very automobile, and maybe in remembrance of James Dean himself, this idea bears a license plate that claims “Little Insurgent” (Bastard could be exhausting to marketplace for a automobile producer I suppose). That license plate is not any coincidence as this automobile is styled to resemble the unique from the fifties. No phrase on dimensions or something however it the DNA of its non secular ancestor is there.
It appears small and nimble, has a really small windshield, a vented rear engine cowl and headlights and entrance wheel arches in remembrance of the 550 RS. There are two extra touches that join each vehicles. James Dean was an avid novice racer, and his Little Bastard as soon as had beginning quantity 130 painted on the entrance and rear panels of the automobile. The Porsche Imaginative and prescient Spyder bears quantity 131 and simply in entrance of the rear wheels, you may spot “551” as one other little nod to the 550 RS inspiration.
Extra info on Motor1.com.
Although this isn’t the whole listing of the “Porsche Unseen” fashions and a few of these vehicles won’t ever be made into manufacturing, there are some very cool and promising ideas. In addition to these 4 examples, there’s extra to the Residing Legend sequence, similar to vehicles modelled after the Porsche 904 and 906 race vehicles. One other superb instance is the Porsche Imaginative and prescient 916, a tribute to the Lohner-Porsche prototype constructed someplace between 1900 and 1905 and simply so occurs to be the very first hybrid-powered automobile ever constructed.
DriveTribe shares the full list of vehicles with brief descriptions for each, whereas additionally protecting a few of them a bit extra in separate articles. Varied different sources cowl the vehicles too, similar to Motor1.com and Road & Track.
In case you are within the Porsche Unseen guide (328 pages), it ought to be out there from retailers now (ISBN 978-Three-667-11980-Three).