Porsche details Renndienst minivan concept

Initially revealed last November, Porsche has provided more details about its unusual all-electric concept van, the Renndienst.

The six-seater family-friendly minivan, whose name literally means “racing service”, is named after a Volkswagen service van that used to work with Porsche’s racing team.

According to Porsche Chief Designer Michael Maur, the Renndienst concept provides a “distinctly Porsche flair to a passenger compartment” of an autonomous vehicle.

Sitting up front is the driver, whose seat is centrally positioned to offer a more “cockpit feeling than in any other car.

Inside the “cockpit” is a traditional steering wheel with a digital instrumentation screen featuring five round instruments. Features of the dashboard include buttons with haptic feedback and two screens that can be folded away.

However, the moment the driver sets the vehicle into the auto-driving mode, the driver’s seat can be rotated 180-degrees – “with one-swivel, it turns to face the other passengers.”

With an unusual 1-2-3 layout, the vehicle can fit up to six people across three rows. There are race-style bucket seats in the first two rows and a wraparound bench for the third.

The side windows are designed asymmetrically, with one side being closed and the other enjoying a large window bank for an unobstructed view outside.

Passengers in the first row can enjoy an unobstructed view of the road head and on their own dashboard screens. The rear seats allow a clear view through the rear window.

“The seats in this van have been designed for movement,” said Markus Auerbach, Porsche Head of Interior Design.

“It is a particularly communitive area that invites relaxation, offering alternative seating positions for talking, working and relaxing.”

The design is one of 15 never-before-seen design studies included in the recently published book Porsche Unseen. However, the photos released at the time did not offer a glimpse of the interior.

The Porsche Renndienst concept won’t be going into production anytime soon, but the company claims that “from this grand vision of the day after tomorrow, the design team is now moving backwards in time to get the specific answer for tomorrow.”

Source: Porsche | Inner Life – the interior of the future

31 July 2021

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