When Porsche announce they are going to publish design studies of 15 previously unseen concepts from 2005 to 2019, you can bet it will draw attention not only from fans but industry colleagues.
As much as it’s tempting to just stare at the end result in concept form, the exhibition is as much about the process which starts with a sketch. Next comes the 3D model with successive iterations at 1:3 scale before moving to 1:1 hard models.
Concept models tale a slightly different route to production models, not needing to worry about variants or other production concerns. Porsche’s Design Studio is centralised in Weissach, with over 120 designers with various expertise and draws talent to that location rather than farming design services out across the globe.
Porsche 919 Street
Conceptualised in 2017 as a 1:1 clay model, it was the basis for the all-conquering 919 Hybrid LMP1 race car.
Porsche Vision Spyder
The Vision Spyder is closer than anything the brand has ever done to the Porsche 550-1500 RS Spyder from 1954. A 1:1 hard model constructed in 2019 the concept was a means to explore ideas for the future such as the unique roll bar.
Porsche Vision “Renndienst”
Your Amazon delivery just got a little bit more expensive. This 1:1 hard model is Porsche’s take on a people mover clearly finding inspiration in the old Porsche branded VW Kombi panel van.
There are a number of ways you can get access to these concepts.
The 9:11 Magazine crew have filmed an episode with one of the concepts connecting the study with current vehicles in the Porsche lineup with Porsche Chief Designer Michael Mauer.
A 328 page book titled “Porsche Unseen” has launched and available through Delius Klasing publishing with a look behind the scenes of Style Porsche with photos from Stefan Bogner and text by Jan Karl Baedeker.
Porsche Museum are also getting in on the act showcasing models for an exhibition in 2021.
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