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The newly revealed Porsche 911 Speedster Concept is a drivable vision of a particularly exciting open-top sports car.

12 Jun 2018 | International News : Germany

The 911 Speedster Concept is a drivable vision of a particularly exciting open-top sports car. It links the very first Porsche 356 'No. 1' Roadster, which received its operating permit on 8th June, 1948, with today's Porsche cars. The purist concept and historically accurate execution of the 911 Speedster Concept clearly reflect the essence of the Stuttgart-based sports car manufacturer.

The 911 Speedster Concept is reminiscent of its predecessors, such as the Porsche 356 Speedster
All elements of the car emphasise a pure driving experience. The powertrain under the two-tone painted body of the concept is derived from current GT models.

It was developed at the Porsche Motorsport Centre in Weissach, which is the birthplace of the 911 GT3, the 911 GT2 RS and, most recently, the 911 GT3 RS. The 911 Speedster Concept celebrated its world premiere as part of the official '70 years of Porsche Sports Cars' anniversary celebration.

The characteristics of the 911 Speedster Concept include a shorter windshield frame with a greater windscreen angle and shorter side windows. These features give the concept an even more pronounced stance with a very low fly line, which is reminiscent of its predecessors, for example the Porsche 356 Speedster.

A special rear decklid made of carbon fibre connects behind the front seats, covering supplemental safety bars and featuring two 'streamliners', a traditional element of this sports car design since the first 911 Speedster was introduced in 1988. Two contrasting black slats between the 'streamliners' add an aerodynamic touch, and a transparent Plexiglas wind deflector features an etched '70 years of Porsche' logo.

The transparent Plexiglas wind deflector features an etched '70 years of Porsche' insignia
Like the historic original, the 911 Speedster Concept also features a lightweight tonneau cover in place of a convertible top. This cover protects the interior from rain when parked and is attached using eight Tenax fasteners

The Speedster philosophy also defines the interior, where the navigation, radio and air conditioning systems have all been removed to reduce weight. The bucket seats are made of carbon fibre, and light brown natural leather in Cognac picks up on features from the car's classic predecessors.

The body of the concept car was adopted from the 911 Carrera 4 Cabriolet. The fenders, front trunk lid and the rear decklid cover of the concept are made of lightweight carbon fibre-reinforced polymer composite material.

Traditional GT Silver Metallic and White paintwork harks back to Porsche's early race cars - as do many of the other carefully crafted details, such as the 50s-style central fuel tank cap positioned in the front trunk lid, the classic Talbot shape of the exterior mirrors or the unique design of the head lights.

The Fuchs-design wheels on the 911 Speedster Concept are the first to be fitted with centre locks
Transparent and opaque surfaces on the head light covers resemble the shape of an 'X' and are a nod to a practice prevalent in Porsche's early years in motorsport.

At the time, the head lights were taped up before races to protect them against stone chipping and to prevent the glass from shattering. The wide B-pillars and the rear fascia are decorated with milled, gold-plated Speedster lettering. Underneath the skin, the 911 Speedster Concept features state-of-the-art components.

The chassis is essentially derived from the 911 GT3. Imposing 21-inch Fuchs-design rims with contrasting high-gloss polished petals details are unique to the 911 Speedster Concept. It is the first time that Fuchs-design wheels have been fitted with centre locks.

The GT development department also supplies the exhaust system with titanium tailpipes and the powertrain, which includes a six-speed manual transmission. The naturally aspirated flat-six engine in this minimalist concept study delivers over 500 horses and revs up to 9,000rpm.

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