By Steve & Tamami Laser
Automakers invest heavily in developing futuristic concept vehicles that usually premiere at major international auto shows. Yet this year, in the midst of a global pandemic, most of the shows have been postponed, rescheduled or cancelled. So Porsche is offering a rare look behind the scenes at its concepts from the past – that have not been shown to the public – under the theme “Porsche Unseen.”
One of the concepts that caused us to jump out of our seats and take notice is called the Porsche Vision Renndienst, a full-size model of an all-electric “space shuttle” concept (aka van, minivan, monospace, etc.).
While “Porsche Renndienst” (rennsport, motorsports, or racing services) was applied to Volkswagen transporter support vehicles in the past, Porsche says the study shows how its design DNA could potentially be transferred to an “unknown vehicle segment” for the brand.
“When it comes to the visions we develop, it is not about bringing every car onto the road,” says Michael Mauer (above), Vice President Style of Porsche AG. “Instead, it is more a question of establishing creative space and a relationship with the future.”
Porsche Vision Renndienst is designed to ride on an all-electric platform, opening up space inside a modular cabin. In addition to its head-turning styling, the interior is designed with a unique twist for a van – a centrally mounted driver’s seat – with racing car flair.
We don’t know why Porsche decided not to show the electric van concept publicly when it was created two years ago. The automaker already has considerable experience with EVs, including the Taycan, and upcoming Cross Turismo.
Porsche has released a video on its NewsTV channel that includes more details about the EV concept van, and two additional design studies (follow the link at the end of this story to watch it).
Porsche also announced that a new book, called “Porsche Unseen,” released by Delius Klasing publishing, takes a look behind the scenes of Style Porsche. Plus, lucky visitors to the Porsche Museum will get a rare chance to view a selection from 15 of the unseen design studies during exhibitions planned for 2021.
For more information visit NewsTV Porsche
Note: Porsche Vision Renndienst is a design study and is not for sale
News source and photos courtesy of Porsche AG
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