We’ve all heard of Porsche Design, especially since self-evolutionThe Porsche Month of you has brought more than just cars, from hookahs to speaker systems and even pens. About the latter, I’m not so sure. Not that it doesn’t exist, but I really don’t see that purpose in making Porsche-inspired pens. Parker seems to be doing a hell of a job on his own.
Enough about the pens. The reason we’re here is because of that speedboat design you see in the cover photo. If you haven’t had a chance to look in the gallery yet, do so, it will make reading easier. We don’t do a lot of reading these days.
Now, Porsche Design is not behind this ship you see. The lovely creature, nicknamed Porsche Design P’42, is the creation of an exterior designer for Skoda Design, Marek Weidlich. With a length of 42 feet (12.8m), it offers just the right amount of space to give way to the beautiful lines and geometry that we see.
If we want to dig deeper into this conceptual design, we find that there is nothing more than these renderings. No details regarding the material used in its construction were offered; no details regarding the power or the engine running either. It is therefore only a visual spectacle. If you’ve taken a look at the gallery before, you might agree that the real Porsche Design should contact Mr. Weidlich about a collaboration on their next watercraft.
An aerial view of the ship shows us a sharp bow but one that blends in perfectly with the rest of the boat, widening the sides and belly to provide stability at higher speeds. Even the stern is flat and wide to keep the ship stable as the bow lifts at higher speeds.
From the bow, the windshield can also be seen sliding smoothly over the hull and creating transparent protection for the passengers. Speaking of passengers, this little beauty doesn’t have room for many. In other words, it’s only for the lucky few. A driver, a passenger and around 3 to 4 guests can board this miracle solution. But don’t worry about the bumps and bruises on your butt at high speed. Even if the designer doesn’t specify the use of stitched leather seats, Porsche Design wouldn’t work with anything else.
At the wheel, we can see two bucket seats, possibly in titanium, with more leather goods as upholstery. What we also see is the use of carbon fiber as paneling but also to shape the seats found at the rear. Speaking of those seats, one cool tip the P’42 has in store is the ability to turn the rear seats into a tanning bed. This is done by simply lowering the table to the level of the seats.
Another Porsche aspect that really shines is the dashboard. Right in the middle between the passenger and the rider, a classic-style speedometer pops out of the panel, while all remaining diagnostics are displayed on the screen in front of the rider. A round steering wheel reminiscent of that of Porsche is also used for control.
The only aspects of this vessel that I think could be improved upon are the rear steps. This whole section of lines and geometry looks a little different from the rest of the boat. Nonetheless, the side view is just great. The folks at Porsche Design, you have to take a look at this one.