This ambitious goal was carried out by recovering the original minimalism and compact dimensions and by subtly reinterpreting the trademark styling elements.
In its final form, the 901 Concept is 4300mm long – nearly 20 cm less than the current 911 generation – which contributes to its nimble, essential look and pure characted focused on offering an untamed driving experience.
As designer Ege Arguden explains, “Even tough it is considered one of the most traditional evolutions in car design, Porsche 911 grew significantly in size and became a much more complex and luxury vehicle compared to the original 911. The aim of Porsche 901 was to go back to the roots and capture the essence of the original 911.”
“The design process started by analyzing the original 911. Both in size and individual design elements I tried to capture 911 in a new way.”
“Signature design elements of 911 such as round headlights and organic body shape was necessary to achieve my goal, yet I tried to modernize these elements with subtle changes.”
The round intakes in the engine lid are inspired from the butterfly engines of early RSR’s, while the large openings underneath the taillights provide cooling for the engine and add an original visual element by exposing glowing exhaust headers when the car is running hot.
“After the ideation process, the most challenging phase was refinement; many hours were spent to achieve the right ‘911 silhouette’.”
The project was done during Ege’s 7th term at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA, under the supervision of Jae Min.
About the Designer
Ege Arguden is a designer from Istanbul/Turkey. He graduated from Art Center College of Design in Fall 2014.
(Image Courtesy: Ege Arguden for Car Body Design)