Introduction Few car manufacturers can
“I couldn’t find the sports car of my dreams,
so I built it myself.” Ferdinand Porsche
boast such a rich history clearly demonstrating the evolutionary path of their success. For Porsche, they are able to claim the title of being the largest sports car producer in the world, possess an enviable sporting heritage, and are the creator of one of automotive history’s most iconic cars: the legendary 911. This publication explores the foundation of the company, delves into the history of Porsche and their contribution to Germany’s war effort during the Second World War, and uncovers their brief foray into the field of agricultural vehicles. Porsche have long since maintained the philosophy that technology in their production vehicles derives from competition models, an ethos that is evident by their use of turbocharged engines, kinetic energy recovery systems (KERS), and Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) transmission, to name but a few. Excelling at endurance racing, hillclimb events, and rallying has put Porsche in good stead to develop cars that offer a powerful and thrilling drive. From the 356 to the 918 Spyder, Porsche have constantly looked for innovative ideas and technology to be leaders in their field and secure their future.
ABOVE: Dr. Ferdinand Porsche in 1940. OPPOSITE: Adolf Hitler examines the first Beetle, designed by Ferdinand Porsche who is standing by the car. RIGHT: A Porsche 911 Turbo races in the V Historic Rally in Avila, Spain.
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