Published on July 17th, 2023 | by Subhash Nair0
Porsche Vision 357 Speedster Shows The Retr-Inspired Future Of EVs
Porsche Vision 357 Speedster is a homage to the 356 that’s powered by the 718 Cayman GT4 e-Performance.
At the 30th Goodwood Festival of Speed, Porsche premiered the Vision 357 Speedster concept – a new electric vehicle that combines the future and past of the performance car company flawlessly. The design is clearly inspired by the Porsche 356 – the company’s first production vehicle, while mechanically it’s using the battery and running gear from Mission R and the rolling chassis of the 718 Cayman GT4 e-Performance.
“The Porsche Vision 357 is a nod to the first Porsche model line, Ferry Porsche’s dream sports car. And since the 356 has cemented itself into the collective brand memory as both a convertible and a coupé, the same logic applies to the concept car: there can only be two,” says Michael Mauer, Vice President Style Porsche. “The Porsche Vision 357 Speedster embodies the essence of the brand. Driving pleasure and driving dynamics combined with an extremely pure form. As with the Mission X that we presented just a few weeks ago, this model demonstrates that even with fresh design genes, the Porsche DNA shines through.”
Exterior Design of Vision 357 Speedster Concept Car
The Vision 357 Speedster concept car showcases a distinctive exterior design with notable features. It boasts a shortened front windshield, a characteristic of speedsters, which adds to its monolithic body design. On the right side of the car, there is a one-sided tonneau cover, reminiscent of open-top sports cars from the past. Behind the driver’s seat, a carbon fiber roll-over element creates the illusion of a suspended headrest. Additionally, the car features a charge port door and an anchor for the classic speedster top.
The exterior design follows a two-color concept, inspired by historic motorsport aesthetics. The combination of Marble Grey and Grivelo Grey Metallic showcases two shades of grey, with darker metallic accents on the front bumper and front fenders. The front wheels are also painted in Grivelo Grey Metallic. Adding contrasting details, Miami Blue accents are seen on the quick-release mechanisms of the wrap-around hood.
To celebrate the car’s anniversary, an exclusive logo is displayed, featuring the large number “75” and the years “1948” and “2023” in Grivelo Grey Metallic and Miami Blue. This logo replaces the previous red decorative elements found on the Vision 357 coupe. Additionally, unicorn graphics are positioned in front of the rear wheels, specially designed for this concept car by Porsche designers. The exterior mirrors are replaced by cameras, positioned further forward on the fenders, resembling wings and improving aerodynamics.
Continuing from the previous Vision 357 Concept coupe, the exterior design includes recognizable details. The front showcases a four-point light signet with a round design reminiscent of the iconic Porsche 356. The rear lights are positioned behind a patterned array of points milled into the body, and the rear grill features a vertical pattern, paying homage to the first Porsche model line. The rear grill design also integrates the third brake light.
Driving stability is enhanced by the car’s wide track, which gives it a wider stance. The 20-inch wheels are made of magnesium and feature carbon fiber hubcaps and center locks. The design of these wheels is inspired by the legendary Porsche 356 A and 356 B models, known for their large bolt circle of 205 millimeters.
Interior Design: Driver-Focused Cockpit
The interior design of the Vision 357 Speedster concept car is focused on the driver’s experience. It adopts a minimalistic approach with bespoke elements. The low-slung seat position reflects its sporty nature, with a carbon fiber reinforced plastic seat shell integrated into the monocoque structure. The driver sits on Racetex-covered pads, secured by a six-point seat belt featuring a Miami Blue belt strap. The instrument cluster is positioned on top of the steering column, featuring a transparent surface. Accentuating the interior design, individual controls incorporate the Miami Blue accent color seen on the car’s exterior.
The dashboard is adorned with a carbon fiber finish, adding a touch of sophistication. Instead of a conventional glove compartment, Miami Blue straps in the upper right section of the dashboard allow for securing accessories. As a weight-saving measure, simple fabric straps are used as door handles, inspired by racing aesthetics.