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Porsche’s Top Designer Reveals 15 Unreleased Concept Cars

By: Matt Bubbers|January 6, 2021
Tagged With: Michael Mauer, Porsche

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Hypercars: Porsche 919 Street (2017) 1:1 clay model
“The Porsche 919 Street was developed on the basis of the existing technology, promising to make the exhilarating driving experience of the LMP1 race car available to amateur drivers.”

Hypercars: Porsche 917 Living Legend (2013) 1:1 clay model
“In 2013, to mark the return of Porsche to the LMP1 class, the development team in Weissach developed a modern interpretation of the Porsche 917. A 1:1 industrial plasticine model was created in six months that was intended to bring the living legend into the present day.”

Hypercars: Porsche 906 Living Legend (2005) 1:1 hard model
“The design process for such visions is very free,” explains Mauer. “It is not necessary to keep to pre-defined product identity characteristics. For example, the headlights were positioned in an air intake as a futuristic light source. When we were later developing an identity for our electric models, we took another look at these designs.”

Hypercars: Porsche Vision E (2019) 1:1 hard model
“The Porsche Vision E has been designed as a radically lightweight, single-seater race car for the race track. With its central seat position and 800-volt technology, it would without doubt offer privateer drivers an otherwise unattainable driving experience.”

Hypercars: Porsche Vision 918 RS (2019) 1:1 hard model
“In this project, the design team in Weissach concentrated on the idea of a super sports car that is at home both on the race track and the road – and created a fascinating new evolutionary stage of the Porsche 918.”

Hypercars: Porsche Vision 920 (2019) 1:1 hard model
“The Porsche Vision 920 was designed as a super sports car for the road or as a possible racing car for customer motorsport based on the LMP1 race cars. The designers were particularly interested in finding a way to combine the established Porsche design language with the highly functional, aesthetically impressive features of the prototype racers.”

Little Rebels: Porsche 916 Vision (2016) 1:1 clay model
“The Porsche Vision 916 is powered all-electrically by four wheel-hub motors – a tribute to the first all-wheel drive Lohner-Porsche race car, which automobile designer Ferdinand Porsche developed all the way back in 1900.”

Little Rebels: Porsche Vision Spyder (2019) 1:1 hard model
“With its spartan cockpit, flat radiator grilles over its mid-mounted engine, red racing stripes, and the suggested fins at the rear, the compact sports car quite clearly calls to mind the [550 Spyder-1500 RS] Carrera Panamericana racer.”

Little Rebels: Porsche 904 Living Legend (2013) 1:1 hard model
“An incredibly compact and efficient mid-engine sports car. Its low cockpit and sculpturally flared wheel arches confidently transported the purist design idea of the legendary Porsche Carrera GTS from 1963 into the present day. A high-revving V2 motorcycle engine would have been a suitable power plant for the Porsche 904 Living Legend, which barely weighed more than 900 kg.”

What’s Next: Porsche Vision “Race Service” (2018) 1:1 hard model
“What can a Porsche look like when the focus is on the experience of space? Is such a car even compatible with Porsche’s brand values? Michael Mauer and his team answered these questions in 2018 with an unusual automotive vision.”

What’s Next: Porsche Vision Turismo (2016) 1:1 hard model
“The story of the Porsche Taycan – the brand’s first all-electric production sports car – started with a misunderstanding. ‘When walking past, I saw a schematic representation of the Porsche 918 on a designer’s drawing board in our studio. A line had been redrawn with a felt-tip pen to clearly show the falling contour,’ remembers  Mauer. ‘From the corner of my eye it looked like a rear door joint. I was astonished!’ The idea of a super sports car with four seats was born hard model.”

Spin-offs: Porsche 911 Vision Safari (2012) drivable porotype
“The Porsche 911 Vision Safari completed its maiden drive on the gravel track at the Weissach test facility, where the Porsche Cayenne and Macan normally prove their off-road capability. Mauer was the co-driver in the Safari 911 – with its uniquely soft suspension setup – when it performed its first drift. ‘I have rarely had so much fun before!’”

Spin-offs: Porsche Macan Vision Safari (2013) 1:1 hard model
“As a sportily proportioned three-door with increased ground clearance and a handful of rugged accessories, the sporty off-roader would be ready to leave the tarmac and explore the remoter corners of East Africa or the Siberian steppe, leaving a gigantic cloud of dust in its rear-view mirror.”

Spin-offs: Porsche Boxster Bergspyder (2014) drivable prototype
“Freed of all the trappings of comfort with a shallow windscreen, distinctive roll bar, set of precision instruments from a Porsche 918, single seat for the driver, and a helmet shelf instead of a passenger seat, the Bergspyder was ready to tackle the mountains. Its weight of just 1,130 kg was complemented by the 388 HP of its 3.8-litre Cayman GT4 motor.”

Spin-offs: Porsche Le Mans Living Legend (2016) 1:1 clay model
“The large air intakes in the rear side windows indicate what race engine is installed: the most incredible-sounding eight-cylinder. In the widest sense, the race-oriented Porsche Le Mans Living Legend is a predecessor of today’s Porsche 718 Cayman GT4.”

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