Porsche’s first car – the 356 No. 1 Roadster has turned 75 this year. To celebrate this occasion, Porsche is showcasing its modern interpretation of the iconic open-top sports car known as the Porsche Vision 357 Speedster at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.
If you think the name of this speedster sounds familiar, that’s because it is the follow-up model to its coupé sibling that was unveiled earlier this year – the Porsche Vision 357. The chassis of this all-electric concept car is sourced from the 718 GT4 Clubsport, while its electric motors and battery tech are borrowed from the Mission R concept.
For the exterior of the Vision 357 Speedster, Porsche has paid tribute to the original 356. Its shape has been aerodynamically optimised, giving it a shape that is reminiscent of wings, according to Porsche.
The Vision 357 Speedster has been finished in a two-tone Marble Grey and Grivelo Grey Metallic paint combination, together with Miami blue accents throughout its exterior. The two-tone colours also continue on the speedster’s wheels, contributing to the concept car’s funky look.
The Porsche Vision 357 Speedster is fitted with a wraparound front hood, and instead of traditional headlights, the concept EV speedster features perforated front and rear surfaces that form its headlights and rear lights. The third brake light, on the other hand, is integrated into the vertical rear vents.
At its sides and front hood are the large “75” logos, indicating the 356’s 75th birthday and Vision 357 Speedster’s proud connection to the iconic roadster. And instead of traditional side mirrors, Porsche has given its concept EV speedster a futuristic-looking pair of fender-mounted cameras instead.
Like many speedsters, the Vision 357 Speedster also features a squat and shortened windscreen, and is interestingly equipped with a one-sided tonneau cover too. Fitted onto the Porsche Vision 357 Speedster is a set of 20-inch magnesium centre-lock wheels equipped with carbon fibre hubcaps.
Moving inside, you will find an interior that is designed in a minimalistic and driver-focused manner. The Porsche Vision 357 Speedster’s dashboard is finished in carbon fibre, and its instrument cluster is transparent as well.
The Miami blue accents that were seen outside continue on the inside. These accents can be found on some of the car’s individual controls and also its steering wheel.
Equipped with a six-point racing harness, the all-electric concept speedster’s low-mounted seat is wrapped in a carbon fibre-reinforced plastic shell that is integrated into the monocoque. In order to reduce weight, Porsche has given the Vision 357 Speedster fabric strap door handles rather than the typical ones.
Following its world premiere at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, the Porsche Vision 357 Speedster concept will also be showcased at Porsche’s 2023 Rennsport Reunion. The event will be held starting from the end of September this year at the Laguna Seca in California, USA.