The Porsche 911 Speedster Concept received an enthusiastic welcome at all three public appearances. Following its world premiere on June 8 in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen, the Speedster was on display in Goodwood and California. And that reception lead to today's news at the Paris Motorshow, that Porsche is planning to build 1,948 cars, honoring the original 356 Speedster that received its license in 1948! The production is scheduled for 2019.
The cooperation between Porsche Motorsport and the Exclusive Manufaktur for the 911 Speedster Concept – as the first glimpse of a forthcoming Heritage design strategy – has historical roots, as the two divisions have the same origins. Porsche Exclusive once fulfilled special requests from racing customers, such as the legendary 935 Street designed with a flat nose. The last joint project between Porsche Motorsport and Porsche Exclusive was the Porsche 911 Turbo S Lightweight (Type 964) in 1992. With the expansion of motorsports at the Porsche AG Weissach Development Center, the two divisions parted ways. As specialists in manufacturing individually crafted vehicles, Porsche Exclusive concentrated on individual customer requests and limited production runs, exhibiting a great passion and attention to detail. Milestones include the 911 Sport Classic of 2009 and the 911 Speedster of 2010, of which only 356 were built. For the Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur, one-off product details are almost always possible, provided that they are within the boundaries of applicable regulations and that Porsche AG’s requirements relating to quality and long service life are met.
Meticulously executed details of the 911 Speedster Concept clearly demonstrate just how well the revitalized collaboration between Porsche Motorsport and Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur works. The handcrafted two-tone paintwork, together with the so-called ‘spears’ on the front fenders, reference the brand's racing history. The same applies to the fuel tank cap positioned in the middle of the front lid in 1950s style, the exterior mirrors in the classic Talbot® shape, and the special design of the headlights. The transparent and opaque surfaces of the headlight covers resemble the shape of an “X” – a further nod to the early years of Porsche in motorsport, when headlights were taped to protect the glass from stone chips and breakage. Both the wide B-pillars and the rear end are decorated with milled and gold-plated Speedster lettering, also a nod to the past.