Year: 2018 Devolopment stage: 1:1 hard model
What can a Porsche look like where 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.
The Porsche Vision “Renndienst” is a free variation of the family-friendly van for up to six people that can already be found in many garages today standing directly next to a sports car from Zuffenhausen. It even has an ancestor in Porsche’s brand history: the legendary VW race service van. However, it was clear to Michael Mauer right from the start that a van from Porsche should not be conceived and designed as a puritan and practical bus, but had to step out into new territory. The team therefore designed a futuristic “space shuttle” with exciting proportions, which combines sportiness and comfortable travel in a completely new way, but which is still immediately recognisable as a Porsche.
Its seamless, flat-fronted body, powerfully flared wheel arches and asymmetrical window design mean that all conventional categories can be forgotten. In the interior, passengers find an extremely comfortable and modular travel cabin. The driver of the Porsche Vision “Renndienst” sits in a central lounge chair. The single seat provides a sporty driving experience, gives the rear passengers a clear view to the front and takes up less space than a conventional seat row in autonomous driving mode. The all-electric drive technology is also located in the underbody to save space. As a result, passengers can enjoy an unexpectedly generous space and travel experience.
Of course the Porsche Vision “Renndienst” is still only an idea but such experimental visions are of essential importance for Porsche. They help to explore new possibilities and question accustomed ways of thinking and conventions. Only in this way is it possible to repeatedly reinvent the wheel.