Former Volkswagen chief designer Walter de Silva posted on Instagram photos of the secret Porsche 550one concept car, which was released in 2008 in honor of the famous 50s 550 Spyder sports car. According to de Silva, the car has never been shown to the public before.
The Porsche 550one was developed on the orders of the then head of the Volkswagen Group, Ferdinand Piech, and then for several years in Germany considered the possibility of launching such a car in the series.
The sports car was created around the same time as the Volkswagen Bluesport Roadster and Audi E-Tron Spyder concept cars, which were equipped with diesel engines. For example, the last car was equipped with a three-liter V6 unit on the rear axle, which was paired with two electric motors on the front wheels. None of these prototypes ever went into mass production, including due to the global economic crisis that occurred at the end of 2008.
At the end of last year, Porsche unveiled a project called “Porsche Unseen” (“Unknown Porsches”), in which Germans reveal their secret design developments between 2005 and 2019.
The most unusual prototype was an electric minivan called the Porsche Vision Renndienst with a non-standard interior layout for six people. The driver’s seat and steering column are located in the middle, and the passenger seats are located on the sides slightly apart. A similar landing scheme is used, for example, on McLaren’s F1 and Speedtail supercars.