What motorsport might look like in future

As it always has done, motorsport still fascinates people at the world’s race tracks today – and is firmly embedded in our DNA. But what might the whole thing look like 100 years from now? The Automobilist designers have attempted to answer precisely this question. On the moon, on Mars and in the futuristic mega-city of Le Mans. It’s time to dream.
Text Natalie Diedrichs
Photo Automobilist

Normally, Pavel Turek and Jan Rambusek from the Automobilist design studio use CGI and a great deal of research to realistically recreate historic motorsport moments. Now,
they have produced an exclusive series of high-quality posters that not only preserve the motorsport successes of Porsche, but also outline future achievements. At first glance, this appears a little crazy, but actually looks pretty spectacular.

They show, for example, the 917 KH on its way to victory on the home straight at Le Mans in 1970. At the same time, they place the race car in a fictitious Le Mans in 2054 – by then, the French town has become a neon-coloured mega-city.

Everything is relative: the 917 KH at the futuristic Le Mans

Anything can happen on the grid. And anything is possible. Fiction and reality merge when it comes to identifying the best ever racing team. 24 hours. Total concentration, above and beyond their limits. Le Mans is a digital metropolis with a population of millions, developed by programmers – the modern creators of worlds. The high-performance prototypes race through the city with over 500 horsepower. The drivers have to contend with the dazzling lines created by the colourful neon signs. 1,000 cars are participating.

A Porsche team boss briefs his young drivers:

"We’re currently planning 29 stints. You’ll return to the pits every 50 minutes, according to the simulation schedule. As true to the original as possible. Which is why there’s also a change of driver every four hours."

"Which car are we actually driving?"

"Because we collected enough coins during pre-races, the 917 KH has now been released. The software is currently loading the configuration from 1970. This means we’ll be using petrol, along with rubber tyres and manual transmission. Is everyone OK with that?"

"'Good drivers have dead flies on the side windows,' said Walter Röhrl back then."

"This is something that can definitely be programmed."

The design studio’s works undoubtedly encourage us to dream. What will motorsport be like in the distant future? What will be the experience of drivers, spectators and teams? Pavel Turek and Jan Rambusek also show their vision for other iconic Porsche models at the Porsche Motorsport Hub:

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