Porsche recently unveiled the latest evolution of its 919 Hybrid LMP1 FIA World Endurance Championship racer, the one it hopes will defend its honour at the 24 Hours of Le Mans this summer. Of course, the WEC car's mix of a 2.0-litre V4 and 8-megajoule hybrid system are too extreme for public roads. However, vehicle rendering master Jan Peisert is now imagining what a street legal version might look like. Imagine if the homologation rules that resulted in the wild 911 GT1 were still around so that the company really had to sell a handful of these special machines to wealthy clients.
The video above offers a time-lapse look at Peisert’s creation process. He starts with an image of the new 919 Hybrid and slowly removes the competition-only elements. Cues from the front end of the Mission E lend a further touch of realism to the design. It’s quite an impressive process.
The 2017 919 Hybrid uses the same monocoque as last year, but there are tweaks for at least 60 percent of the mechanical components. According to the director of the racing division, it has "most efficient combustion engine in the history of Porsche to date".
Porsche’s last hyper car was the 918 Spyder which the firm offered from 2013 to 2015. According to company CEO Oliver Blume, a successor doesn’t arrive until around 2025. The boss figures it’s best to offer one of these halo products once a decade, which is a smart means to ensure exclusivity.
By 2025, the production version of the fully electric Mission E concept would have a few years of sales on the market, and Porsche’s expanded factory should be fully operational. This suggests the next hypercar from the company could follow the 918’s lead by being a hybrid or perhaps even an EV.
Porsche enthusiasts don’t need to wait eight years for the opportunity to purchase a vehicle capable of serious performance. Recent spy photos show the new GT2 under development, which could boast 650 horsepower. Plus, there’s an update on the way for the GT3 RS. Both of these should offer specs that would match hyper cars of years past.
Source: Peisert Design