April 30, 2020

Project 411 is Future-proofing Porsche automotive for the road ahead


Despite the later successes and established iconic design, the 911 Spyder remains for Porsche and the whole automotive landscape, some sort of unicorn; an unreplicated, dreamlike beast. This, along with the overall challenge of rethinking the Porsche design led to Project 411.

Sticking to timeless cues of the ‘50s-’60s, like aligning the headlights with the front wheels or a smoothly wrapped bodywork are part of the formula that makes the general Porsche design so iconic. Those same principles were used in rethinking the 911, this time with an electric power plant, contemporary lighting system, electronics and mechanics.

Another aspect that went through the re-thinking process was the character of the modern supercar; exposing the dual nature of a sports/racing/fun vehicle and ultra-fast, autonomous cruiser.

 

Hyper cars of today are cool, but reaching 400 Km/h on a runway is pretty useless. The 411 is designed with a new primary scenario, creating a new class of vehicle; the luxury highway cruiser.

The concept envisions a not-so-distant future where, with the perfection of autonomous driving, some highways will allow higher speed limits in this mode. Removing the human error from the equation will allow safe cruising at speeds of 200, 300 or even 400+ Km/h, giving business people and the likes a viable alternative to flight as well as a real reason for boasting about that exotic car.

Hyper cars of today are cool, but reaching 400 Km/h on a runway is pretty useless. The 411 is designed with a new primary scenario, creating a new class of vehicle; the luxury highway cruiser.

The concept envisions a not-so-distant future where, with the perfection of autonomous driving, some highways will allow higher speed limits in this mode. Removing the human error from the equation will allow safe cruising at speeds of 200, 300 or even 400+ Km/h, giving business people and the likes a viable alternative to flight as well as a real reason for boasting about that exotic car.

 

 

Body
Just like the original Porsche icons, the skin is shrink-wrapped around the car package, providing minimum drag and a minimalistic aesthetics, steering clear of fake cuts and other mannerisms.

Headlights
In a similar fashion, the headlights are arranged to define the front geometrically while having little aerodynamic impact. The goal here is to bring the muscular look to an electric car.

 

Aerodynamic
The rear is again, mainly aerodynamic, with a movable spoiler and the rear lights creating a tunnel of “infinite” light, hinting again at a subtle, smooth power.

 

 

Beauty in the details
The honest geometric approach of the 411 means all the air-ducts are exposed and active parts of the design, creating an endless continuum for a car that is beautiful from the inside and out.

Rear Lights
Following the idea of the general body design, the rear light complex is built as a set of ‘infinite’ bending strings of light, giving the illusion of stretching inside the car. The profile of the bends is again following the natural terminal section of the car.

 

 

Interior


The interior follow smoothly and organically the curves and lines of the general design language. Smooth, minimalistic curves are sculpted by narrow bands that seem to protrude from the dashboard and embrace the occupants  with the two seats. Even though the headroom is pretty restricted for optimal aerodynamics, the interior offers ample legroom for the primary use scenario of the car; autonomous cruising.

 

 

 

Power


To achieve the performance and range needed at sustained high speeds, the concept may make use of inductive, on-the-go charging, where the road is provided with inductive charging stripes underneath the tarmac. The relatively small car battery is kept constantly charged this way, making the vehicle literally suck the power from the road as it goes, similar to electric trains.

 

 

Sports


To allow for extreme efficiency, the original design of the P411, from mechanics to tires, is all about smooth acceleration and straight line efficiency. However it  will allow for a little stress in curves, adding some real fun in the driven mode.

 

Design Credits:

Marin Myftiu  @marinmyftiu
Hussain Almossawi  @mossawi_
NCS Company  @team_ncs_official

 

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Hussain Almossawi
Founder of Mossawi Studios