Last year, Porsche introduced the public to a host of concepts from obscure design studios and a book titled “Invisible.” The Vision Renndienst concept was one of them, with the minivan being an updated version of the vintage Volkswagen Type 1 racing service van that worked for the Porsche racing team in the 1950s (Renndienst means “racing service”) . The concept didn’t reveal its interior, but a glance through the tinted window in the render revealed what looked like seats for five or six, one of those seats placed along the centerline. Porsche said Autoblog at the time, the company was focused on sports cars, so “the minivan concept … is not our plan at all.” Nonetheless, of all the concepts in the book, Porsche decided to devote three of its best design minds to creating the âinterior of the futureâ for it.
Porsche Design Director Michael Mauer, Interior Design Director Markus Auerbach and User Experience Design Director Ivo van Hulten have collaborated to imagine what the minivan driver of the future will need. That being Porsche, naturally this minivan driver still likes to let off steam on some winding B roads, so the captain’s quarters are a single seat in the middle of the cockpit. Behind, two ergonomic bucket seats flank the driver, giving those occupants unobstructed views of the windshield and views of two retractable screens suspended just below the dashboard assuming occupants have raptor vision.
At the rear, a bench seat runs the full width of the van, curving at the edges along the wall. There doesn’t seem to be much room between the backseat and the tailgate, so the six-passenger cabin is probably still best for racing services like transferring team drivers and VIPs from the hotel to Track. This front captain’s chair can swivel 180 degrees to face the rest of the occupants, which is perfect for a trackside meeting in a private, mobile office.
The exterior (the white van in the gallery above) has been slightly modified from the original images (the red van in the gallery below), with new headlights and doors with a different opening mechanism. Oddly, the exterior renderings omit the windows except the driver’s, but the interior views show a large window next to the passengers on the right side of the pickup. There is also a giant skylight to prevent the cabin from becoming a penalty bench.
Porsche apparently hasn’t finished with the Renndienst either. No one will be happy until we get a useful impression of the KITT from Knight Rider, UX designer van Hulten, saying the Talking Pontiac fascinated him as a child. “I connected to the car because it had a soul. What kind of daily interactions do we anticipate – in 30 years, will we call our car and then it will come and get us? Don’t touch Turbo Boost. Something tells me you shouldn’t touch the Turbo Boost. “