Team of up­start young de­sign­ers re­boots clas­sic racer in dig­i­tal form

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Two years and 5000 man hours in the mak­ing, be­hold a mod­ern rein­ter­pre­ta­tion of the iconic 1969 Porsche 908 racer. We give you the 908-04. It's the work of five young de­sign­ers, all of whom work for an un­named Chi­nese car com­pany in Shang­hai.

The driv­ing force be­hind the project is Alan Derosier. “Since I was nine years old,” Derosier says, “I've been dreaming of Porsche, it's the rea­son I be­came a car de­signer.” Ap­par­ently, Derosier's line man­ager was ac­com­mo­dat­ing enough to al­low him and oth­ers to work on the project in the of­fice dur­ing spare time in the evenings.

Derosier had fallen in love with the 908's shape and wanted to cre­ate a mod­ern take on the car he adored. “As de­signer, I made the choice to have the long­tail be­cause Porsches with this fea­ture have some­thing gen­uinely unique. And un­til now no­body, as far as I know, has tried to cre­ate a mod­ern ver­sion of it. In my opin­ion, it is a bit of a for­got­ten idea, so I thought it would be a “re­birth of an icon” that would gen­er­ate nostal­gia in car and Porsche en­thu­si­asts alike,” he says.

Part of the in­spi­ra­tion for modernising the de­sign in­volved trips to a lo­cal high-end car spe­cial­ist and soak­ing up de­tails from the lat­est Porsche road rac­ers in­clud­ing the 991 GT3 RS and 918 Spy­der. The team soaked up the mod­ern de­sign DNA, in­clud­ing the way Porsche now cre­ates car sur­faces, and ap­plied that to the reborn 908 de­sign. In­flu­ences from the Mis­sion E pure­elec­tric con­cept car are clear in the de­sign, too.

One ma­jor chal­lenge was to work with real-world pro­por­tions. The team aimed to cre­ate a con­cept that was phys­i­cally fea­si­ble. “We worked with co­her­ent di­men­sions and con­straints such as seat­ing po­si­tion, vis­i­bil­ity, head­room, door open­ings, ingress/egress, width, length, height and so on”, Derosier ex­plains. The re­sult, we think you'll agree, is stun­ning. It cer­tainly has an el­e­gance and flow that's lack­ing from the tech­ni­cally fas­ci­nat­ing but rather bru­tal and func­tion­ally un­com­pro­mis­ing Porsche 919 Hyr­bid racer. The 908-04 isn't a ful­ly­de­vel­oped aero or technical pack­age so its per­for­mance char­ac­ter­is­tics are essen­tially non ex­is­tent. But who cares when it looks this good?

Have you ever seen any­thing quite so spectacular? This de­sign ex­er­cise from de­sign­ers at an un­named Chi­nese car com­pany chose the Porsche 908 as their in­flu­ence, while also soak­ing up de­tails from the 918 Spy­der and GT3 RS. Mar­tini liv­ery is the ic­ing...

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