It's based on the Porsche 917 LH.
The automotive industry is brimming with talented designers looking to pen the next poster-worthy car. Some of these creations are based in reality, while others (like the PT Cruiser Hellcat) are pretty silly. We love sharing these designs when they offer something new and interesting, and this latest project from Anders Warming certainly meets the criteria. Warming isn't merely a random rendering artist from Instagram; he has his own design studio called Warming Design GmbH and previously worked for Borgward Design, BMW, and Mini.
Warming helped design the E85 generation BMW Z4, F10 5 Series, and the F25 X3, among other cars, so he's more than qualified. In his spare time, Warming decided to create his ideal successor to Porsche's halo models, the latest being the 918 Spyder, dubbing it the Porsche 999 Project.
Describing his project, the talented designer said: "A long-tailed, low slung, cab-forward proportion; featuring the iconic bug-eyed front impression. This look has kept me inspired for decades! I had an absolute blast playing around with these eternally evocative automotive proportions. Inspired by the '70s low-slung racecar-proportions, I started to think of a successor to the eternally glorious 911 GT1, Carrera GT, and 918. I also found myself to be directly inspired by the 917 Langhecks and all its grandeur!"
Though he doesn't specify whether the 999 is a road car or a race car, it clearly uses some racing-inspired details. "The surfaces are kept largely simple and positive, allowing for large offset and graphic intersections. These views show two specific 917-derived impressions: The front graphics with the large bug-eyes, and the rear-end with an abruptly truncated cutoff to allow for a full view of the mechanical components," Warming describes.
Warming has no affiliation with Porsche, but we'd love to see something like this put into production to rival models like the Aston Martin Valkyrie and Mercedes-AMG One. Porsche has never built a modern interpretation of the 991 GT1, a car that existed purely to satisfy homologation requirements. While the 918 Spyder took an interesting direction with a hybrid drivetrain, we think Porsche should take a step back towards its racing roots for its next hypercar.