Did you know that a tractor was once designed by Porsche that was meant to be used exclusively for coffee farming? Bet you never knew that. Okay well that was just a warm up, we are actually going to unveil some cool facts about the world renowned Porsche you never knew about.
Before we dive in, one should know what the actual emblem of the Porsche represents.
At the core of the crest lies the rearing horse, the seal of the city of Stuttgart. This serves as a strong statement of loyalty to Porsche’s production site. The antlers and the black and red colors are driven from the coat of arms of the Kingdom of Wu?rttemberg, which is the modern state of Wu?rttemberg-Hohenzollern. The insignia of Porsche appears on top. It is surrounded by a curved golden shield.
Here’s a list of 6 little known Porsche facts:
1.) Porsche Logo
According to legend, in 1951, Ferry Porsche sat across from Max Hoffman, an importer from the U.S., in a New York hotel and drew the Porsche crest on a napkin.
Emerging From the Legend
From the clues deciphered by historians, in early 1952, Hermann Lapper, then Marketing Head at Porsche, collaborated with the artistically talented Franz Xaver Reimspiess, Porsche engineer and graphic designer. Reimspiess drew a sketch of a potential crest that embodied the roots of the company and its products’ vigor.
2.) The Missing 901
In September of 1964, in an auto show in Paris, Porsche revealed it had set up production for a model titled 901. At this time, Peugeot asserted having sole rights in France to sell cars where the middle digit was a zero. It had been a practice of Peugeot since 1929 and they possessed a trademark in France to support this claim.
Ferdinand A. Porsche Working Diligently Over the 901 Model
An automobile manufacturer of a larger scale might have paid no heed to Peugeot’s claims. However, in the case of the 901, the cost of estranging a potentially worthwhile market was too much. Porsche believed that replacing the zero with a one was considerably uncomplicated than having to defeat the logic of Peugeot.
The Design Team for 901/911
In October of the same year, Porsche made the alteration. Nevertheless, 82 units from the 901 model had come off of the producer’s assembly line before this switch was made. Within the organization, Porsche retained the designation 901 for the transmission, engine and other components that were now sourced for the newly named 911.
3.) Humble Beginnings
By April of the year 1944, on account of the Allied Army’s bombing on Stuttgart, relocation of the production facility was critical for the safety of the workers and engineers. After considering various sites, two miles to the west of Gmund town, a saw mill was proposed. The location was secluded and lacked a rail connection that was uninterrupted. Then again, this facility had the potential to lodge several Porsche shops and offices. However, it obviously could not be compared to the custom-built accommodation at Stuttgart.
The Gmund Production Facility for Porsche
Eventually, during the 1948-51 period, fifty coupes with aluminum bodies were built from the Gmund facility. The cars were assembled by hand, the transaxle and engines of each were assembled by one individual. On account of unavailability, chassis, engine and certain suspension parts were sourced from Volkswagen. These are the origins of the company that currently manufactures more than 140,000 on an annual basis.
The Modern Day Porsche Museum in Gmund
4.) Safety First
In the U.S. version of the 1987 944 Turbo, Porsche launched airbag restraint system for drivers and passengers. This made Porsche the original car that had airbags being fixed as standard equipment for front seat passengers and drivers. The same feature was standard on the 1987 944s and the 944S launched in the U.S. Kicking off with the year 1990, dual airbags became a standard feature for all models of Porsche, This has been the case for every Porsche that has been produced since.
The 1987 944 Porsche with its Hood Popped Open
As per the US NHTSA Act 1991, airbags plus shoulder belts for the passenger upfront and the driver were mandated. They were a requirement for all vehicles that were manufactured post September,1997. Porsche jumped to action, introducing in 1998, door-mounted airbags against side-impacts on the two-seating Boxster. By 2005, Porsche came up with a new first in safety. There were airbags that were seat-mounted supplemented with airbags that rose out of the doors’ tops intended to protect the head of the occupants.
Just Coasting the Coast – the 2005 Boxster S
5.) The Environmentally Friendly
Over a century has passed since the world saw Dr. Ferdinand Porsche create the first ever hybrid car. This is called the Lohner-Porsche Mixte Hybrid. Recently, Porsche has introduced the hybrid Porsche 918 Spyder with 887 horsepower. This exotic car is the speediest that is able to do zero to 60 in just 2.2 seconds.
The 2.2 Seconds for Zero to Sixty
As its namesake, this car can transform – into its roofless version! The Spyder’s roof has the ability to be detached and stowed away in the car’s bonnet. The factory where the Spyder is produced employs 110 laborers for one single shift. A maximum of four cars in a day can be finished and off the assembly line.
Assembling the Spyder in the Shiny Facility
The stock Porsche Spyder can be bought at the price of $845,000. For an additional $95,000 the Weissach Package can be ordered, which means your 318 will weigh less – about 3.615 lbs – as magnesium wheels and some additional parts of carbon fiber are introduced.
6.) Racing It
Racing and Porsche appear to be synonymous in our minds generally. Racing evidently is a large chunk of Porsche’s DNA. Adding to their love is their ability to race extraordinarily well. When the cars entered competition they nearly instantly started winning.
A Poster for the Carrera Panamericana
Till present day, an estimate of 24,000 races have been won by Porsche cars worldwide. In 1950, Porsche competed in the world famous endurance race held in Mexico called “Carrera Panamericana”. It was a victory for Porsche from 1950, 52, 53 up till 54. There on, the title “Carrera” is awarded by Porsche as a mark of excellence for their best performing cars.
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