Unseen: Twelve visions from Porsche’s Development Center in Weissach. A fascinating flexing of the creative muscles in the process of designing the future.
“Once I’ve been in the future in my thoughts, it changes my view of the present as well.” Michael Mauer on the importance of concept cars
The Porsche design studios in Weissach are the breeding grounds for the sports cars of tomorrow. But Michael Mauer and his team are not just fine-tuning the lines of current and future models. The chief designer also heads up an experimental development team for visionary concept studies—a dynamic time-travel project with complete creative freedom. The mission of the designers is to look forward ten, twenty, or thirty years into the future and return from there with new ideas. This triggers discussions, calls thought patterns into question, and makes innovations possible. “The point of these visions is not to bring each one of them to the road. Rather, the idea is to open up spaces of possibility and establish a relationship with the future,” says Mauer. “Once I’ve been in the future in my thoughts, it changes my view of the present as well.”
PORSCHE 919 STREET
Porsche Boxster Bergspyder
Porsche Turismo Vision
“The idea is to open up spaces of possibility.”
Now Porsche has opened the gates to the secret archives of the design studios. Bold, fascinating, and surprising concept cars have been created over the nearly two decades under Mauer’s direction. The breadth of design projects worked on in this workshop of dreams is truly unparalleled. The ideas span the full range between evolution and revolution. The illustrious history of the brand often serves as a source of inspiration. Take the design of a modern Porsche 911 Safari Vision or the reinterpretation of the Porsche 904. The racing technology for many of the dramatic hypercars is practically on the designers' doorstep: at the Porsche Motorsport Center. An integral part of the development center in Weissach—and for good reason. A Le Mans race car for the road becomes every bit as conceivable as a Formula E machine for customer racing. Sometimes it is a series of interconnected inspirations that bring forth astonishing results. The blueprint for the all-electric Porsche Taycan, for instance, emerged from the study of a super sports car with four doors and a rear engine.
Porsche E Vision
Porsche Spyder Vision
Porsche Le Mans Living Legend
When the designers leave all the conventions of the sports-car manufacturer behind on their journey, they experiment with entirely new automotive forms. Is a car for up to six people compatible with the brand values? What might a space van from Porsche look like? The corresponding study, the Porsche Racing Service Vision, is one of many examples of the free spirit that characterizes the design studios.
Porsche Racing Service Vision
Porsche 911 Safari Vision
Porsche 918 RS Vision
The proposals flex the creative muscles used in the process of designing the future. Michael Mauer explains it like this: “The challenge is to flesh out a vision step by step and then move backwards through time and make the connection to the present.”
Porsche 904 Living Legend
Porsche Macan Safari Vision
Porsche 920 Vision
Some visions remain sketches on paper or in virtual space. Others are pursued further, being created as scale models or near-series prototypes. As products of previously unthought thoughts, they offer inspiration and orientation. They change the way one looks at things and thus shape the world of tomorrow.