Along with its drive technology, parts of the Frauscher x Porsche 850 Fantom Air also bear the design signature of Porsche. Studio F. A. Porsche was responsible for the design of the helmstand. Although the requirements in the automotive and nautical sectors naturally differ, the designers were inspired by some elements of the future Macan as well as the iconic 911 sports car.
The high-gloss black instrument panel sits behind the frameless tinted acrylic glass windscreen. The side ends are designed as winglets – stylistically a nod to the 911 and at the same time are practical grab handles. Setting the course to starboard or port is controlled using the wheel, which is a typical Porsche steering wheel that was designed with materials suited to the nautical environment. The artificial-leather-clad rim is more resistant to salt water and sun cream. In classic Porsche fashion, the start button is to the left of the wheel. On the right behind the wheel is a control panel for the bow thruster. This allows the boat to be moved laterally, which simplifies mooring and casting off.
For ergonomic reasons, the driving mode switch, otherwise placed directly on the steering wheel of Porsche sports cars, is positioned in the centre console below the throttle. This is because sport boat drivers usually have their right hand on the throttle. In the eFantom, this enables particularly easy access to the Docking, Range, Sport and Sport Plus modes (see chapter Powertrain). The trim function can be operated via the thumb switch on the left of the throttle.
Five analogue gauges on the upper level of the instrument panel underline the Porsche look and provide an overview of the most important data. In the middle is the slightly larger analogue rev counter including digital speed indication. The indicators for the rudder position and the trim are on the left, and on the right the charge level and the battery temperature are displayed.
A 12-inch multifunction display with touch operation offers extensive display options. The model installed is the Raymarine Axiom+. A welcome gesture with the Frauscher x Porsche logo greets the crew at the start. The main menu offers an individualised view with essential information about the Porsche powertrain. Boating-specific apps such as the map plotter are also integrated into the display and operating concept.
The key is from the new Macan generation. It is inserted into a specially designed mount in the boat below the throttle.
The two front seats have been redesigned by the team at Studio F. A. Porsche. In keeping with the high E-Performance, they offer plenty of lateral support. With raised backrests, integrated headrests and an embroidered crest, their look is inspired by the sports seats in Porsche cars. Basic functions such as height adjustment and fore/aft adjustment have, of course, been retained.