A far cry from the current 991 Carrera, don't you think?
Over the last 50 or so years, Porsche has done a cracking job with its iconic 911. From its origins as Porsche’s second ever attempt at a road car, the 911 has evolved into a nigh-on flawless machine. There are some criticisms to be had, though, with perhaps one of the biggest being that all seven generations of the fabled rear-engined sports car have looked eerily similar to one another. It seems that recent IAAD graduate Khashayar Jenabi agrees with that sentiment.
Now while Jenabi rendered the concept it was developed by a group of students, with Stefano Giabbanelli, Gianmarco Giacchina and Dario Lauriola all contributing. Their take on the fabled speed machine could quite possibly be the most extreme expression to date of what a 911 could be. Dubbed the ‘911 Solo,’ this concept pushes the legend into uncharted territory. In fact, the 911 Solo takes quite a lot of inspiration from the flat-nosed 935 racing car – in particular, the legendary ‘Moby Dick’ Group 5 racer that heckled sports prototypes down the Mulsanne Straight at the Le Mans 24 Hours. The squared-off rear fenders and the integration of the diffuser into the back bumper are all reminiscent of what was found on the ‘Moby Dick’ 935.
And, like the Group 5 Porsche racing car, the vents on the rear deck lid all help cool the presumably potent flat-six engine. Other noteworthy features of the 911 Solo are the centrally-mounted single seater cockpit (hence the ‘Solo’ part of the concept’s name), the aerodynamic flaps on the rear fenders that pop out under braking to aid stability, and the headlamps that form an integral part of the car’s front spoiler. Given how awesome the 911 Solo is, it’s no real surprise that this design study was chosen by Porsche (which collaborated with the students) to be brought to life as a scale model.
Sadly, it’s the closest the 911 Solo will ever get to being a proper Porsche production model. However, if we were running Porsche’s design team, we’d certainly be up for bringing these students on to sketch out the next generation of Porsche road cars.