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History Of Porsche

History Of Porsche
by: Wayne Treister

1985 Porsche 911 Carerra Targa
1985 Porsche 911 Carerra Targa image By Lothar Spurzem (Own work) [CC BY-SA 2.0 de (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/de/deed.en)], via Wikimedia Commons
The start of Porsche didn’t start with the first Porsche car it actually started much earlier than that back in the 20th century. Check out the interesting history of Porsche.

1900: Ferdinand Porsche invented the wheel hub motor which made the Porsche name famous around the world. The Lohner Porsche Electric Car was displayed at the Paris Expo.

History Of Porsche: Lohner Porsche Electric Car
History Of Porsche: Lohner Porsche Electric Car By Bjoertvedt (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
1928: Daimler Technical Director F. Porsche developed the Mercedes SS and SSK super charged sports car.

1931: In Stuttgart Ferdinand Porsche founded the Porsche Engineering Office.

1936: In the backyard of the Porsche villa in Stuttgart extensive testing was done on the first VW prototypes.

1938: Ferdinand Porsche directed the first VW assembly lines in Wolfsburg. The type 60 had seen the finishing touches and was read for production. Too bad that WWII interfered with the plan delaying the production of VW until 1946.

1947: Ferdinand Porsche Jr’s next design was a Grand Prix racing car created in Gmünd, Austria.

1948: Ferry Porsche build’s Porsches first sports car the 356 which is based on the VW parts. This roadster is the first to wear the Porsche name.

Cisitalia Porsche 1
Cisitalia Porsche 1 image By LarryStevens (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons
1949: The Torino Motor Show features the 12 cylinder Cisitalia race car with it’s 385 bhp at 10,600 rpm. This car’s top speed was an impressive 186 MPH and the four wheel drive gave great control. It was definitely the talk of the era impressing a considerable number of sports car buffs.

1950: A new chapter in the Porsche legacy begins back in Zuffenhausen where they finally become an independent auto factory. This change resulted in some considerable changes to the way Porsche did business.

1951: Ferdinand Porsche Sr. dies at the age of 75. It was a sad day but Porsche as a company didn’t miss a beat with family continuing on. The 356 gets it’s first international win in the 1100 CC class.

1953: The Fuhrman engine is presented in the Porsche 550 Spyder. This 1.5 L four cylinder engine has an impressive 110 BHP that definitely turned heads.

1956: Commemorated the 25th anniversary of Porsche and at the same time the 10,000th Porsche produced hits the streets.

1961: A new Porsche is in the works that included a 6 cylinder engine. Ferry Porsche’s son Ferdinand designed the body.

1963: The 911 is presented at the Frankfurt International Automobile Show. The rear air cool engine concept is retained.

1964: The production of the 911 begins and so does the production of the 911 coupe.

1969: These were the year of the 914-4 and 914-6 mid engine mount sports cars. Both showed at the Frankfurt Motor Show and both win the World Championships for the working class.

1970: The 917 with its 4.5 liter 12 cylinder boxer engine is introduced to the world and it wins almost every competition it enters.

1971: The Weissach Research and Development Center work begins.

1972: Porsche goes public.

1974: The 911 Turbo is the beginning of a completely new Porsche era.

1975: The 924 is introduced. This is the first transaxle sports car and the engine is at the front with the transmission and drive wheels at the rear.

1977: The 928 production begins in Stuttgart. It had a light alloy V8 engine with transaxle configuration combined with the Weissach axle.

1982: The 956 is the most successful sports car of the time.

1982: Porsche Type 956

Porsche 956
Porsche 956 image By Lothar Spurzem [CC BY-SA 2.0 de (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/de/deed.en)], via Wikimedia Commons
1985: The 959 spearheaded the technology of the era with only a limited number built and it was the first sports car to win the Parkis Dakar

1988: The 911 Carrera 4 was launched.

1989: The tiptronic four speed automatic transmission was introduced and what was neat about this transmission is could be operated manually or as an automatic. This was the first time it was seen in the 911 Carrera 2.

1993: The first Boxer concept car was launched and it was shown at the Detroit Auto Show. It was also where the new 911 Carrera was launched.

1995 The new 911 Turbo came to market staring it bi-turbo engine. It was the first production car to have an onboard diagnosis II and the lowest emissions of any car on the market.

1996: The production of the new Porsche Boxtser mid engine roadster begins.

1997: The 911 was released with a water cooled six cylinder boxer engine.

The history of Porsche never ceases to amaze the world with their uncompromising quality and sexy sporty cars that still today attract an elite market that has a true understanding of sports car class.

The Porsche of today is still about the sports car. But today there are innovative solutions to technical problems. Today’s Porsche has amazing handling, agility, electronic gadgets that are improved over the past, better fuel economy, a higher safety rating, and even an environmentally friendly build.

The Porsche price range is wide starting at around $107,000 and going up over $300,000 so there’s a car for every budget.

About The Author

Wayne Treister has been owned and ridden Porsches for 15 years. Visit his Porsche site at http://www.porschesworld.com to learn more about the different models.

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A Brief History Of Porsche

A Brief History Of Porsche

by: Richard Brown

A Brief History Of Porsche: 1954 Porsche 356 1500 Super
1954 Porsche 356 1500 Super image By Andrew Bone from Weymouth, England (1954 Porsche 356 1500 Super) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Ferdinand Porsche was an automobile engineer with more than a thousand patents to his name, and played an important role in the development of airplanes and the construction of tanks for the Wehrmacht as well. In the 1920s he was appointed chief engineer at Mercedes-Benz in Stuttgart and later set up his own engineering workshop. There he designed, among other things, the Volkswagen. He acted as chief of operations at the plant where the Volkswagen was made, Wolfsburg, and at the end of the war he was interned by the Allies.

He was released a few years later and immediately went to work building his first car with his son, Ferry Porsche. This car was named the Porsche 356, after Ferry, and was a sports car with styling reminiscent of the Volkswagen. In fact it had the same four-cylinder boxer engine, and wore it rear-mounted, just as the VW did. This meant that it was far from being a powerful sports car, boasting a mere 40 bhp and a maximum speed of 87 mph (140 km/h). Distinguished by its elegant and innovative body, the Porsche 356 was first produced as a convertible and then as a hard top. Father and son developed it in the workshop of Erwin Komenda, a master of restrained streamlining who had been in charge of sheet metal and design techniques for Ferdinand Porsche since the VW Beetle. This new style of closed coupe designed by Komenda soon became the embodiment of the sports car, due in part to its “fastback”.

Erwin Komenda and Ferdinand “Butzi” Porsche, the founder’s grandson, continued this tradition with the 911.

1976 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.0
1976 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.0 image By Cocco1974 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

The 911 became instantly recognizable: it had an attractive sloping bonnet reminiscent of the 356, what later became characterized as “frog eye” headlights, curves running from the top edge of the windscreen to the rear bumper, and a straight waistline. From a functional and technical point of view it shared more in common with a BMW 1500, but it retained the distinctive stylistic features of the original Porsche. The new 911 became the keystone of Porsche’s identity, even though the design was not always fully appreciated. During the 1970’s and 1980’s, many Porsche designers attempted to distance Porsche from its legendary design and nearly brought the company to the edge of disaster. The more modern 924 model, “a people’s Porsche”, developed with Volkswagen, as well as the 928 fell short fulfilling expectations, and failed to allow the company to branch out in new directions and styles.

However, in the 1990’s the company seemed to realize that what some perceived as a stylistic straitjacket was in fact a market advantage. During this period Porsche embraced the timeless nature of classic styling to become highly profitable. Nearly forty people now worked in the design department solely dedicated to further improvement of the long running 911. Such developments included the 911 GTI, put forward by the in-house designer Anthony R. Hatter as a powerful combination of sports and racing car. In 1999, Porsche’s chief designer proudly unveiled the new Boxster, enabling Porsche to establish a second independent range of successful models.

About The Author

Richard Brown enjoys writing for several popular web sites, such as http://devob.comand http://products-help.com.

Article source: Article City

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