Porsche Vision 357 pays homage to Porsche 356
In 1948, Ferry Porsche realized his sports car dream with the Porsche 356 "No.1" Roadster.
This is said to be the birth of the Porsche brand and the beginning of laying the foundation for Porsche's great success story.
75 years have passed since then, and on January 26, 2023, Porsche is said to be the start of Porsche, which is said to be "We are proud of our heritage (heritage), which is the foundation for a successful future." "Porsche Vision 357", a tribute to the Porsche 356 that has become, has been announced.
The announced Porsche 357 is now available for viewing in Berlin.
As for what the Porsche Vision 357 is, Porsche says it is a 'very special birthday gift (for the 75th anniversary of Porsche)' and emphasizes the importance of the design DNA based on the Porsche 356.
The base model is the Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS.
However, this Porsche 357 announced this time is just a design study, and it seems that it is a concept car to form the basis of future innovative designs, so in other words, it is not a model to be sold. Right ^^
What is the Porsche Vision 357?
Now, let's take a look at what kind of car the Porsche Vision 357, which was announced as a tribute to Porsche's first model line, the Porsche 356, is.
Here is what Porsche announced:
- The Porsche 356 No.1 Roadster, born on June 8, 1948, was the first car to bear the name Porsche, and this was the beginning of the Porsche brand.
- A design study as a tribute to the Porsche 356, the 357 brings a monolithic form to the modern age.
- The Style Porsche team, which was able to design this 357 regardless of the regulations that apply to its regular models, demonstrates with the 357 a potential expression of its future design philosophy.
- An example of this is the consistent enhancements in the lights, which are progressive and visionary in the way they point to the future.
- The basic concept reflects the interplay of tradition and innovation → "What kind of sports car Ferry Porsche dreams of today?"
- There is a Porsche 356 as a basis for designing the DNA of design, and this design study is an attempt to integrate the past, present and future with consistency.
- Characterized by proportions reminiscent of historical prototypes and details that visualize future prospects
- "Design" is a basic element from the very beginning of Porsche
- Thinking out loud about the future (= showing it as a design study in this way) is one of Style Porsche's core missions
- Design studies are pools of ideas that feed the designs of tomorrow
- Porsche continues its relentless conceptual journey into the future of mobility, with the history of the Porsche brand serving as a source of inspiration time and time again.
- Looking back at Porsche's heritage with future concept cars isn't as paradoxical as it seems
- Creative freedom is also important, as this is a place where valuable ideas are freely born, helping to envision coherent design philosophies in innovative new directions.
- With its monolithic form, narrow passenger cell proportions with steep flyline and wide shoulders, the Porsche Vision 357's proportions are reminiscent of the lines of the Porsche 356.
- Porsche has pushed the boundaries of production in glass. Early 356s had a split windshield with a center bar, which was replaced in the 1952 model by a single windshield with a curved center.
- The A-pillars of the Porsche Vision 357 are black and the side windows are visually combined into one unit.
- DLO (Daylight Opening) graphic resembles a helmet visor
- Functional details are integrated and underpin the car's sculptural features - such as side windows behind an array of patterned points on the body itself and hidden door handles by the taillights.
- The rear grille pattern with integrated third brake light also pays homage to the original.
- Like current Porsche models, the Vision 357's headlights are equipped with four-point lights.
- The rounded design of the headlights is also reminiscent of the 356's distinctive lights.
- There are also similarities in body paint, with a two-tone concept of Ice Gray Metallic and Grivola Gray Metallic on the lower front end similar to the 356, a gray tone already popular in the 1950s.
- The wide tread gives a powerful impression and enhances running stability.
- 20" wheels are magnesium with aerodynamic carbon fiber hubcaps and centerlocks
- The 356A and 356B with drum brakes had rims with very large bolt circles of 205mm, visually reminiscent of those traditional Porsche wheels.
- The "75" commemorative logo decorates the doors and the front of the design study like a starting number, making it attractive.
- There is nothing behind the lower front wheel area to improve airflow in the wheel arches
- The wraparound, jointless front bonnet is fixed with a quick release mechanism.
- A threaded rod stabilizes the large front spoiler
- In addition, natural fiber reinforced plastic (NFRP) is used for the side sills, as in the 2021 Porsche Mission R.
- Flax fibers provide the basis for this sustainable material
- Instead of conventional door mirrors, the 357 has a camera on the roof edge
- The tailpipe trim is made of bluish titanium and the inside of the tailpipe is made of ceramic
- Like the Porsche 718 Cayman GT4RS, the Vision 357 has process air intakes high behind the driver and passenger windows.
- The designer attractively decorated this air intake with a comic style "AIR"
- Decals reminiscent of motor sports decals such as the "eFuel" logo on the fuel filler port
- A naturally aspirated (NA) horizontally opposed 6-cylinder engine, the car is theoretically designed to extract 500 horsepower (PS) from its 4-liter displacement and run on eFuel.
The above is a summary of what was announced today.
In addition, Porsche has stated that Le Mans will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 24-hour race on June 10-11, 2023, and all sports car manufacturers wish this Le Mans 24-hour success. It was said that he was dreaming.
The fact that the 100th anniversary of the 24 Hours of Le Mans was mentioned in June when the Vision 357 was announced means that there must be some sort of surprise being prepared around here as well. I don't think so.
I'm really looking forward to June 8th, which is Porsche's anniversary along with this Le Mans anniversary ^ ^
Finally, there is a site for the 75th anniversary of Porsche here, so if you are interested, please come → PORSCHE 75 official site