These designs are pretty extreme…
Stuttgart-based Porsche has recently opened its secret development archives, revealing a growing number of concept cars never before seen by the public, or really anyone outside of the automaker. The first batch of reveals from the archives contains six hypercars. We’re sure Porsche has more of these tucked away, but for now these are thoroughly entertaining to see and wonder what it would’ve been like had these been made.
Porsche 917 Living Legend
Porsche toyed with the idea of reviving the legend of the 917 KH with its iconic red and white livery, a car that clenched overall victory at Le Mans in 1970. The Porsche 917 Living Legend was developed in 2013 using the 918 Spyder as the technical inspiration. You can certainly see bits of the production supercar in the design, like the rear valance, exhaust finishers, and wheels, but other elements such as the hoop-like rear wing add a more futuristic tone to the vehicle.
Porsche 906 Living Legend
Back in 2015 Porsche played with the idea of a super sports car that was designed like two bodies pushed into each other. Called the Porsche 906 Living Legend, the design is pretty wild with a low-slung body, big wheels, muscular fenders, and mid-body ventilation ducts to feed the high-strung engine. There are many bizarre elements to the design, but the smooth rear fascia with the thin LED strips for taillights on the tall fins and no apparent exhaust finishers makes this hypercar feel like something off a movie production set.
Porsche 919 Street
A consumer version of the Porsche 919 Hybrid, the car that won the 24 Hours of Le Mans three times, was also under consideration. This was going on just in 2017 with the idea the Porsche 919 Street would be marketed to private race drivers. While it certainly looks impressive, the car has a muted vibe versus its motorsports twin.
Porsche Vision 920
In a bid to meld road-legal sports cars with prototype racers, the Porsche Vision 920 was created back in 2019. The result was a hypercar that oddly shares some characteristics with certain Koenigsegg’s although we wouldn’t expect Porsche to acknowledge that. Not only is the body extremely aerodynamic and provides proper downforce for high-speed driving, the cockpit sits centralized for a commanding view of the track.
Porsche Vision 918 RS
The first hybrid supercar the team at Weissach had developed, the Porsche 918 Spyder understandably has had a lasting effect on designs for years afterward. This is plain in the Porsche Vision 918 RS, which was in development back in 2019. An evolution of the production supercar, both the drivetrain and chassis technology have been pushed to the next level. Aerodynamics were also refined with the hope this vehicle would set new records like the 918 Spyder had when it debuted. You might notice the larger rear wing with two subtle canards and the smoother cover over the mid-mounted engine as primary examples of how this hypercar differs from its source material.
Porsche Vision E
One of the many automakers who has been pushing ahead with electrification, Porsche has been involved with Formula E racing to help it perfect the technology. It’s no secret we have motorsports to thank for many designs used in today’s production cars. Even though the Porsche Vision E, which was in development last year, didn’t make it to production, the concept used principles Porsche learned from its Formula E endeavors, specifically the 99X Electric. The result is this radical-looking, single-seater race car which would’ve been marketed as a track toy or racer for well-heeled private individuals. Taking full advantage of the absence of an internal combustion engine, this hypercar looks about as flat as you could imagine.