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New “Porsche Unseen” Book Shares Unreleased Concept Cars



In the new book “Porsche Unseen”, for the first time ever, readers are offered an insight into the design studies of a range of previously unreleased Porsche concept cars from 2005 to 2019.
"Porsche Unseen" shares unreleased concept cars from 2005-2019. Credit: Porsche
“Porsche Unseen” shares unreleased concept cars from 2005-2019. Credit: Porsche

For the first time, Porsche is offering readers an insight into a range of previously unreleased concept cars and their design studies from 2005 to 2019 in the new book “Porsche Unseen.”

Offering a closer look at a range of different concept cars from Porsche, each vehicle’s design journey is outlined and covered by Jan Karl Baedeker and Stefan Bogner in this book, from the very first drawing to the “finished” near-production-ready concept car.

“People all over the world love the timeless and innovative design of our sports cars,” says Oliver Blume, Chairman of the Executive Board at Porsche AG. “Visionary concept studies are the foundation of this success: they provide the pool of ideas for the Porsche design of tomorrow, and combine our strong tradition with trailblazing future technologies.”

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The Porsche “919 Street” concept based on the 919 Hybrid base. Credit: Porsche

The design process starts with a sketch and is further visualized in the next step as a 3D model. As soon as it’s decided that an idea is to be developed further, small models are produced in a scale of 1:3, then followed by hard models in the scale 1:1.

“The virtual world is the first step, but you especially have to experience the unusual models in reality in order to understand whether a car has small, large or surprising proportions,” says Michael Mauer, Vice President Style Porsche.

In contrast to the development of a production model where several models are always developed with different styling formats, the vision projects, on the other hand, concentrate on a single vision model that serves as a protagonist for the central idea.

“When it comes to the visions we develop, it is not about bringing every car onto the road. Instead, it is more a question of establishing creative space and a relationship with the future,” shares Michael Mauer when describing the design process and adds: “There are two possibilities for continuing to develop as a brand: either you improve your products from the present, that is to say step-by-step. However, it is difficult to be really innovative in this process. Or you give free rein to your creativity. The idea is to let your thoughts jump to the day after tomorrow, and to then move back from there to tomorrow.”

Porsche laser light headlights. Credit: Porsche
Porsche laser light headlights. Credit: Porsche

As a teaser to some of the designs included in the book, Porsche has revealed images for a few of the concept cars, including the Porsche 919 Street, Vision Spyder, and the Vision “Renndienst” van.

Developed on the Porsche 919 Hybrid base, the Porsche 919 Street (2017; 1:1 clay model) aims to deliver a driving experience similar to an LMP1 car but for amateur drivers. Featuring a 900 PS hybrid racing drivetrain inside its carbon fiber monocoque, the Porsche 919 Street shares the same dimensions, wheelbase, and powertrain as the Porsche 919 that achieved numerous victories at Le Mans.

Porsche 919 "Street" concept car is based on a Le Man's winning design but for the road. Credit: Porsche
Porsche 919 “Street” concept car is based on a Le Man’s winning design but for the road. Credit: Porsche
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Meanwhile, the Porsche Vision Spyder (2019; 1:1 hard model) is a topless sports car that takes inspiration from the 1954 Porsche 550-1500 RS Spyder. Featuring an open cockpit, characteristic radiator grilles over the mid-engine, and red graphic design elements, the Porsche Vision Spyder was essentially a study of Porsche’s design identity. It also offered the designers the chance to explore futuristic design elements like the new ultra-modern roll bar.

The 2019 Porsche Vision Spyder concept car is inspired by the 1954 Porsche 550-1500 RS Spyder. Credit: Porsche
The 2019 Porsche Vision Spyder concept car is inspired by the 1954 Porsche 550-1500 RS Spyder. Credit: Porsche
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Futuristic roll-bar design may appear in future designs. Credit: Porsche
Futuristic roll-bar design may appear in future designs. Credit: Porsche

Lastly is the Porsche Vision “Renndienst” van (2018; 1:1 model), a family-friendly electric van concept that can seat up to six passengers. Designed around a central driving position, the Vision “Renndienst” van takes inspiration from a futuristic space shuttle and shows how the Porsche brand can transfer its design DNA to a new vehicle segment for the brand. With the all-electric drive technology located on the car’s underbody, passengers are afforded an extra spacious travel experience.

The futuristic and family-friendly Porsche "Renndienst" van. Credit: Porsche
The futuristic and family-friendly Porsche “Renndienst” van. Credit: Porsche
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More Porsche concept cars can be found inside the Porsche Unseen book, which is available from Amazon, the publisher Delius Klasing, and the Porsche Museum.

Porsche has also announced a “coming-soon” exhibition in 2021 at the Porsche Museum that will showcase these same concept cars in real life.


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Limited Edition Rolls-Royce Phantom Tempus Inspired by Time & the Universe



The Rolls-Royce Phantom Tempus Collection is inspired by the universe’s infinite reach and is limited to 20 vehicles worldwide.
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The new limited edition Rolls-Royce Phantom Tempus. Credit: Rolls-Royce

The new Rolls-Royce Phantom “Tempus” is limited to 20 vehicles and is inspired by the concept of time and the infinite universe, with a special focus on a rare astronomical phenomenon known as a “pulsar.”

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New “Kairos Blue” paint with mica flakes to represent the night sky. Credit: Rolls-Royce

Unknown and undiscovered until 1967, pulsars are found in the deepest reaches of space (the closest is still 1,680 trillion miles from Earth) and are dense, white-hot stars that emit electromagnetic radiation in regular pulses – making them some of the most accurate clocks in the universe.

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Only 20 editions will be made. Credit: Rolls-Royce

In the Rolls-Royce Phantom Tempus, the pulsar features as a hand-painted and embroidered artwork across the Starlight Headliner, complete with twinkling fiber-optic lights to reflect the white-hot stars.

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Starlight Headliner with hand-painted/embroidered Pulsar night sky design. Credit: Rolls-Royce

Another design element made to represent time is the “Frozen Flow of Time” gallery – a unique artwork built into the dashboard fascia and made of a single billet of aluminum milled to form 100 individual columns, representing the 100-million years it takes for a rotational spin of a pulsar star.

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The Frozen Flow of Time gallery artwork. Credit: Rolls-Royce

Rolls-Royce has also deliberately removed the clock from this edition in the hope that from within the space they have created, “the outside world and all its pressures and demands are forgotten.”

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A place with where time does not exist. Credit: Rolls-Royce

“The events of the past year have caused many people, not least our clients, to re-evaluate their sense of, and relationship with time. At a moment in history when so much in life seems ephemeral, our patrons are seeking solace in the unique timelessness, longevity and permanence offered by a Rolls-Royce motor car,” says Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Chief Executive, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars.

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Starry light design across the door panels. Credit: Rolls-Royce

“As we all know, time never stands still, waits for no one. Hence, we manage it, guard it, account for it, weigh and measure it to its smallest fraction. With Phantom Tempus, we have created a space in which those structures no longer apply – as illustrated by the deliberate absence of a clock. Rolls-Royce clients are not bound by time; the outside world with all its pressures and demands are forgotten.”

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The Rolls-Royce clock has been deliberately left out of the design. Credit: Rolls-Royce

For the exterior of the new Rolls-Royce Phantom Tempus, a new bespoke paint color known as “Kairos Blue” has been created especially for this model and includes mica flakes to make a slight sparkling effect that mimics the stars of the night sky.

Owners can also choose to personalize their vehicles one step further with a unique engraving on the Spirit of Ecstasy, choosing to remember a special date and location of significance to the client, a marriage, or a birthday.

Rolls-Royce Phantom Tempus Collection Console

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Gunther Werks Unveils Porsche 993 Speedster Remastered Edition



Californian-based Gunther Werks has unveiled the open-top edition of its Porsche 993 Speedster Remastered built on the 400R platform.
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The new Gunther Werks 993 Speedster Remastered Edition. Credit: Gunther Werks

Californian-based Gunther Werks are known for some of the world’s most refined 993 air-cooled restomod’s and have now turned their attention to the open-top 993 Speedster Remastered Edition.

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Only 25 Speedster models will be built. Credit: Gunther Werks

To create the open-top version of their coupe design, Gunther Werks removed the rear seat and, in doing so, had to significantly re-design and stiffen the 993 chassis with a new roll cage and roll hoop system to mitigate common side effects often associated with the removal of vehicle roofs. Now in place of the rear seats is a new carbon-fiber top Speedster top and tonneau cover.

Gunther Werks 993 Speedster Side View
Rear seats removed and replaced with a new carbon-fiber top. Credit: Gunther Werks

Some of the extensive exterior modifications of the 993 Speedster include a lower rake glass windscreen (which owners can opt to remove entirely, much like the McLaren Elva or Ferrari Monza SP1/SP2), billet aluminum side view mirrors, additional carbon fiber aerodynamic elements and a revised ducktail spoiler with ram air scoop.

Gunther Werks 993 Speedster Front Side Ride Aerial
New lightweight bonnet design. Credit: Gunther Werks

Under the hood, performance upgrades include revised suspension to improve handling, and a remapped 4.0 liter flat-six engine rebuilt by Rothsport Racing to slightly boost the 435 hp and 335 lb-ft of torque already achieved in the Remastered coupe edition.

New roll-cage and roll hoop system have been implemented to strengthen the chassis. Credit: Gunther Werks
New roll-cage and roll hoop system have been implemented to strengthen the chassis. Credit: Gunther Werks

Owners will also have the option to upgrade to 5 spoke Fuch wheels with center locking mechanisms if several of the forged Gunther Werks wheel options don’t already catch their eye.

Production expected to begin 2022. Credit: Gunther Werks
Production expected to begin 2022. Credit: Gunther Werks

Gunther Werks will only be producing 25 models of the 993 Speedster Remastered editions to match production of 25 coupe models already underway and is expected to begin production in 2022.

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Netflix Drive To Survive: Season 3 Premiers This March



Netflix has announced the popular Formula 1 series Drive to Survive will return with Season 3 premiering on March 19 this year.
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With the COVID-19 pandemic throwing a curveball on last year’s Formula 1 season, it was anyone’s guess whether racing, let alone filming of the next installment of the popular Netflix Drive To Survive series, would even go-ahead last year.

The excellent news for race-fans is that production company Box-to-Box Films and Netflix have both confirmed Drive To Survive will be returning to Netflix for Season 3, covering all the behind-the-scenes action and drama of the race season as it unfolds amongst a worldwide pandemic.

Netflix Drive To Survive Drivers

Most likely beginning with the last-minute cancellation of the Australian Grand Prix, it will be interesting to watch the driver’s and team’s reactions and responses as they navigate the best way to move forward through the “unprecedented” events caused by COVID-19.

Of course, other things we all want to know is what’s the latest with Guenther Steiner? What happened behind-closed-doors to see Carlos Sainz Jr take Sebastian Vettel’s spot at Ferrari? And how did Daniel Ricciardo end up at McLaren?

An additional video shared by Formula 1 broadcast journalist and reporter Will Buxton explains how you may have already spotted the Netflix film team throughout the season and explains some of the gear used to shoot the documentary and how they managed filming in the F1 paddock under Covid-19 restrictions.

Season 3 of Netflix’s Drive To Survive is set to premiere March 19 this year, and if it’s anything like last season, will drop all episodes at once for your binge-watching enjoyment.

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