Airstream x Studio F.A. Porsche Design Trailer Concept
Airstream is making headlines after its collaboration with with legendary design firm Studio F. A. Porsche. The duo unveiled a concept trailer that will be showcased at the South by Southwest (SXSW) Conference and Festivals in Austin, Texas beginning on March 10, 2023, with a panel discussion on March 13.
The Airstream Studio F. A. Porsche Concept Travel Trailer is the result of a “what if” collaboration between two expert teams with decades of combined design experience. The concept travel trailer features a floor plan unlike other Airstream units, including a rear seating area that transforms from dining to working to relaxing space.
“Innovation is the art of discovering the possible,” said Airstream President and CEO Bob Wheeler. “Our collaboration with Studio F. A. Porsche brought talented new eyes and minds to our never-ending process of improving the Airstream experience. It’s a fresh design approach aimed at reaching a broader, more diverse base of potential customers.”
The concept design integrates numerous advances in aerodynamics, including a new rear shape that is intended to improve air flow while in motion, a flush underside with reduced drag-creating projections, the first-ever lowering suspension in an Airstream travel trailer design, and the first insulated pop-up roof in Airstream’s history.
The trailer is the first “garageable” Airstream design in the company’s 90-year history. Working in tandem, the pop-up roof reduces overhead clearance while the adjustable suspension in the chassis allows the trailer’s body to be lowered, enabling storage in some home garages. This capability makes ownership much easier for a broader range of customers.
Porsche will unveil a 1/3 scale model of the trailer and a Porsche Macan tow vehicle. Porsche’s 2023 SXSW theme is ‘Porsche X,’ which emphasizes collaboration.
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