What we have here is design in combination with a focus on pure performance. How do you design a beautiful and equally fast race car?
That indeed was the challenge. As designers, we always play with proportions. And when the specifications came in, it was clear to everyone in the team that we would need a very, very long wheelbase. Above all, however, the form had to comply with the regulations. The first trick for me was to go straight into the detail. For example, we divided the car into three parts – front, center section and rear – and then made it a little shorter and smaller visually using the color design. It just works!
So not just pure functionality?
No, it wasn’t purely function, there’s also quite a bit of form. Still, we had a bit of freedom to work. As I said, it’s the first time in twenty-five years that Porsche has had this special style. We get to do design! That also means that we worked closely together with all the other teams. First there was the sketch, which we sent to the engineers before building the model together. It was like playing ping-pong, always going back and forth.
What is your favorite angle from which to view the vehicle?
From above and the back. When you look at the 963 from the side, it’s very flat and very long. From the front, the car seems really small. But from a slightly higher vantage point, it always looks perfect. We were thinking about the television cameras from the helicopter and the fans in the stands when we did that. You often see the cars from above. We wanted to accentuate that angle.