story by pablo deferrari renderings by germain baillot, pierre fichet delavault, julie dicks and simon menu
So influential is the shape of the 928 that it literally changed and defined car design as we knew it...and did it nearly 40 years ago.
Take for instance the designers of the concept cars you're seeing here. Barely past the age of 25, this talented lot hailing from the French Design School ISD (Institute Supérieur de Design – Valenciennes, France) decided to create a sports car practical for everyday use. And what better foundation to use than Porsche who very well created this concept of pragmatism and sporting cars.
Bear in mind that when these artists first drew breath, the 928 was nearing the end of its existence. I find this mild overlap very interesting, because they didn't get to grow up with the 928 during their formative years. Surely their discovery, or influence I should say, of this avant-garde Porsche later in life must have been what the 356 was to those of us in our 40's. So how could they really claim ownership to the most technologically advanced production Porsche if they weren't around to witness its evolution?
I'll tell you why. The shape, for one, and the complexities and subtleties of curves in the right places, proportion, and its timelessness etched a deep impression in their idea of what a modern Porsche should be about. The other reason is respect for a past that many would easily forget simply because it wasn't the status quo...this car broke lots of boundaries in its day and received very little credit for it.
These young designers embraced some of the 928's styling cues for what they were, pure genius in its execution. This single thought crystallizes the reason why these creations bear a striking resemblance to a car the defined modern thinking 20 years before its time and yet remained true to its Porsche roots without being blatantly obvious—even to this day.
This is exactly the thinking that should be utilized in Porsche design today. After all, the 911 can't possibly be the only model setting the tone for all of Porsche's designs...they're all beginning to look incredibly boring and long in the tooth and quite frankly, a little silly.