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Airstream Collaborates with Porsche on an Aerodynamic RV Trailer

Airstream and Porsche made an RV trailer for two which can be towed by EVs and smaller cars.

  • This is only a concept for the moment.

  • This trailer can be towed by EVs or small combustion-powered cars.

  • Innovations include an extendable roof, a rear “tailgate”, and an active suspension.

Airstream has unveiled the result of its collaboration with Porsche: a small futuristic RV trailer called the Studio F.A. Porsche Concept.

At first glance, this trailer looks like a modernized version of Airstream’s classic design due to its rounded-off corners and its curved Aluminum skin, but it includes a number of innovations.

For example, the concept is fitted with a sort of tailgate in the rear which opens like on some older SUVs by flipping the glass upward and dropping the lower part to a horizontal position.

Airstream Studio F.A. Porsche Concept | Photo : Airstream

This tailgate creates a much more open experience and seats integrated in the lower part allow two people to sit outside while being shaded by the opened window.

For even more protection, Airstream says awnings can be installed to shield occupants from the sun.

Inside the RV, all of the expected conveniences are present such as a bathroom, a two-burner cooktop, a large kitchen sink, a television, and plentiful storage spaces.

Airstream Studio F.A. Porsche Concept | Photo : Airstream

In order to increase the headroom and provide more comfort for tall occupants, the center section of the roof can be raised straight up while stationary.

Airstream hasn’t revealed many technical details about this concept, but the pictures show solar panels installed on the moveable roof section, which suggests the trailer could source some of its power from renewable sources in order to extend off-grid adventures.

The company says this trailer has been designed to sleep two people and It features only one floor plan which places the kitchen at the front and the dinette (which turns into a bed at night) along the rear tailgate, with the bathroom occupying the left side of the trailer.

Airstream Studio F.A. Porsche Concept | Photo : Airstream

In order to make it possible to tow the Studio F. A. Porsche Concept with smaller vehicles and reduce its impact on the range of EVs, Airstream used lighter materials and improved its aerodynamics.

Indeed, a number of parts in this trailer are made using carbon fiber, such as the handles on the tailgate. This is perhaps where Porsche’s influence is most visible since the automaker is used to working with this material in its race cars.

Airstream Studio F.A. Porsche Concept | Photo : Airstream

According to the RV maker, the shape of the trailer’s rear end helps reduce its drag coefficient by shedding air and its underside has been made flush, without elements that can grab the air.

Another major innovation present in this concept is a new adaptive suspension that can lower at highway speeds to increase the tow vehicle’s efficiency.

This suspension combined with the short 16.4-foot length of the trailer makes it the first Airstream product to fit inside a regular car garage, which means buyers who aren’t allowed to leave a trailer in their driveway don’t have to store it away from their home.

Airstream Studio F.A. Porsche Concept | Photo : Airstream

Airstream Studio F.A. Porsche Concept | Photo : Airstream

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