Concept cars. The cars we love to hate because, they mostly are so outlandish (in a good way) that they never see the light of production. Sometimes, this concept never even see the light of the stage in any motor show. And they remain largely as design studies.
While some unseen design studies were locked away and forgotten with times, Porsche has chosen to show off a bunch and boy, do we wish they were real automobiles money can buy. Not that I can afford any.
All told, there are 15 cars in total, which is a lot of design studies, btw. Porsche has released, for the first time, design studies from 2005 to 2019. These concepts have been, until now, kept under lock and key.
The release isn’t just skin deep. Porsche is offering an exclusive insight into its design process – from the very first drawing to the finished model ready for series production.
Among the design studies showcased were the Porsche 919 Street, a Le Mans-style sports car from 2017, Porsche Vision Spyder, a futuristic open top racer from 2019, and my favorite, Porsche Vision “Renndienst”, a concept from 2018 that, surprise, surprise, is a minivan. Imagine that. A Porsche minivan!
Now, for the good news for petrol heads and fans of Porsche: Porsche Unseen (Delius Klasing Verlag, ISBN: 978-3-667-11980-3) is a book featuring gorgeous photos from Stefan Bogner and text by Jan Karl Baedeker. The content are spread over 328 pages sandwiched in between the hardcover.
All images courtesy of Porsche AG.