2019 marks the 50th year anniversary of the legendary Porsche 918 Spyder – the hypercar that is still relevant. The company released a design study of the 917 concept on this occasion. Along with this, Michael Mauer, the design head at Porsche wonders if they should go futuristic or look to the past for their next hypercar.
In a statement to Autocar UK, Mauer says, “If you launch a new hypercar then you can go extremely modern in your thinking or maybe just go back to our sports car roots and take inspiration from some of the many icons in our history.”
He also adds that “But as a designer who believes that the next hypercar should point to the future, I’m not so sure. There is always the option to look into history. But sometimes you can also take the option to create some history.”
Looking at the 917 concept images, which is also inspired by the 1970 Le Mans winning car, we agree that it has a certain charm to it. Porsche is also exhibiting the 917 concept at the Porsche Museum from May 14 to September 15. This exhibit also pays tribute to the 1970 Le Mans victory.
Porsche 918 successor – electric or hybrid?
Apart from the design, the company is yet to decide the power train for its Porsche 918 successor. Porsche CEO, Olive Blume commented, “If we want it to be electric then we must wait. Because battery performance is not where we need it to be yet in order to meet our performance targets. It is not decided though that the car will be fully electric. There are opportunities with hybrid, too. We will make a decision when the time is right.”
If the company does decide to go the fully electric route, it will revolutionize the industry. The closest fully electric hypercar competition it will have will be the 2020 Tesla Roadster. But at the present, it looks like going the Hybrid route is more viable for Porsche