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Prototypes of electric vehicles

Ferdinand Porsche began his career as an automobile designer by creating two prototypes of electric vehicles. The first one had two electric motors that were connected to the hubs of the front wheels and were presented at the 1900 Paris World's Fair, while the second electric vehicle was the first four-wheel-drive car with a top speed of around 38 mph. 1)

Tatra controversy

Before the outbreak of World War II Porsche developed a prototype vehicle to meet Hitler's demands of producing a car for the people (volks - people, wagen - car). The developed prototype of the “hunchback” cost as much as a motorcycle, thanks to which nearly every inhabitant of the Third Reich could afford to buy it. A later court trial proved that the design of the “beetle” was based on the Czechoslovakian Tatra T97. 2)

Armaments plant

In 1939, the plant intended for Volkswagen production was quickly transformed into an armaments plant. Porsche created various designs of machines for military use for Hitler. Even the Tiger (P) tank project was created, but it did not go into mass production because all of the technical problems could not be solved. 3)

Porsche 911

The legendary Porsche 911 became the successor to the 356, the first car. However, the new design was more expensive than its predecessor. Fearing a drop in sales, Porsche decided to introduce the cheaper 912 models into showrooms. From the outside, the car was virtually no different from its more expensive counterpart. The key, however, was the engine, which was placed behind the driver's back - a smaller 4-cylinder unit instead of a 6-cylinder engine. 4)

Exceptional reliability

Porsche cars are known for their exceptional reliability. The brand regularly ranks near the top of the prestigious J.D. Power U.S. Vehicle Dependability Study and is far ahead of many of its competitors. 5)

porsche.txt · Last modified: 2021/08/10 05:15 by aga