With unprecedented speed and performance the hybrid electric Porsche 918 Spyder has forever changed the way the world views eco-friendly sports cars. A few years ago. Porsche embarked on a three-year development plan to create a hybrid-electric supercar truly deserving of the automakers iconic nameplate.
The Porsche 959 was designed for ‘Group B’ racing, a new category for factory-built experimental cars, and the racing prototype was unveiled at the 1983 Frankfurt Auto Show. Porsche had only just initiated the homologation production when the class was abandoned. By then, the company was gripped by a different ambition. The new twin-turbo, all-wheel … [Read more…]
The philosophy of ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ underscores the history of the Porsche 911. For more than twenty five years, Porsche colluded with 911 buffs by labeling every improvement arid styling tweak as an `edition’ or ‘version’ of the globally-beloved original. The Porsche 964 Carrera 4 changed that perception. The Owner’s Manual … [Read more…]
The first production turbocharged Porsche 911 (known as the Porsche 930 in America) made its debut at the Paris Motor Show in 1974. It was Germany’s fastest road-going sports car. Though turbochargers had long been used in motor sport, the 911 Turbo was the first production car to tame the beast. Its genesis was almost … [Read more…]
If any model deserves to be placed at the top of the Porsche range, it is the Porsche 928. As explosive as anything and as much fun as the 911, the big, luxury grand tourer does it all, but with grace and subtlety as permanent options. Its very existence was challenged by the oil crisis … [Read more…]
Think Beetle, then think bigger, finally decide to create the world’s most profitable car company – that was the audacious Porsche family plan, and how well it worked. The patriarch was Austrian engineer Ferdinand Porsche, designer of the Volkswagen Beetle before World War II, who would subsequently be imprisoned for alleged war crimes.
After easing out of F1 Grand Prix racing in the early 1960s, Porsche refocused on sports car racing. The versatile mid-engined Porsche 718 had featured in various classes since its debut in 1958, and was briefly replaced by the flying silver Porsche 804, which secured the company’s only F1 victory in the 1962 French Grand … [Read more…]