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Road-Going 919 Hybrid Among ‘Porsche Unseen’ Releases

Porsche reveals design of roadworthy 919 Hybrid using same drivetrain as Le Mans winner….

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A road car based on the 24 Hours of Le Mans-winning Porsche 919 Hybrid is among the set of 15 design study models revealed in the marque’s new ‘Porsche Unseen’ collection.

The 1:1 scale clay model was developed in 2017 “on the basis of the technology” found in the 919 Hybrid LMP1 race car, which took a hat-trick of victories at Le Mans and carried Porsche to three FIA World Endurance Championship manufacturers’ titles.

The road-going 919 was designed to replicate the driving experience of the racing version for amateur enthusiasts.

The concept was intended to have a carbon fiber monocoque and the same 900-plus horsepower drivetrain as its racing counterpart, along with identical dimensions and wheelbase.

Porsche’s ‘Unseen’ project reveals over a dozen design studies made from 2009 to 2015 to highlight the work of the company’s styling department based in Weissach.

Other previously-unreleased concept cars include the 2019 Porsche Vision Spyder 1:1 hard model and the 2018 Porsche vision ‘Renndienst’ compact family vehicle.

The full portfolio is published in a new book, titled Porsche Unseen (ISBN 978-3-667-11980-3).

A selection of design studies will also go on display in the Porsche Museum next year.

“People all over the world love the timeless and innovative design of our sports cars,” said 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.”

Photo: Porsche

Photo: Porsche

Photo: Porsche

Daniel Lloyd is a UK-based reporter for Sportscar365, covering the FIA World Endurance Championship, GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, among other series.

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