This is a 1:1 design model made of clay, known as the Porsche 919 Street supercar concept. The idea behind this mock-up was to design a road version of its record-breaking Le Mans hybrid back in 2017. That is right folks, a possible street-legal version of the Porsche 919 Hybrid LMP1 race car. Design elements from this mock-up are used for the successor of the 918 hybrid supercar. Unfortunately, the street-legal rocket never made it past the clay model stage of development, but one look at its design and specs and you may find yourself as gobsmacked as we were.
Overall, the Porsche 919 Street concept has the dimensions and basic design elements as that of the race car, but it is less aggressive in terms of the design. The body has giant fenders, a bubble-like cockpit and roof-mounted central fin, though those elements have all been toned down a bit. The biggest difference is in the rear of the car, which has been outfitted with a full-width LED taillight and a top-exit exhaust setup like that on the 918 Spyder. The 919 Street has a less-pronounced wing that connects the two rear haunches and incorporates LED taillights across its width, compared to the race car, additionally featuring a big diffuser and exhaust pipes.
While the 919 Street’s carbon-fiber monocoque and body are toned down, the powertrain is pure race car. The powertrain for the Porsche 919 Street comes straight from the race car, which consists of the 2-liter turbocharged V4 and KERS energy recovery system. However, this iteration makes 900 hp (671 kW), a little less than the 1,000 hp (746 kW) from the race car.
Ultimately, Porsche decided the car was simply too extreme for the public.