The name of Porsche has been synonymous with style and speed for as long as one can remember. And that’s what the founders Ferdinand Porsche and his son Ferdinand was aiming at, making high performance sports cars. We have reached an age where most manufacturers have gotten absorbed into making profit. But amidst that, we have Porsche that has upheld its name as an independent manufacturer of staunchly and profitable sports cars.
Porsche senior whose engineering experience included Daimler-Benz which was established as an independent design and engineering firm. In fact, he was the one to design the Volkswagen Beetle. So while he brought a half-century worth of experience from a head turning four-wheel drive gasoline/electric hybrid vehicle that redefined innovation to the virtually unbeatable Auto Union Grand Prix cars of the 1930s; the younger Porsche facilitated the growth of the new company. He was instrumental in designing the first Porsche sportscar called the 356.
This sportscar sported just 40 horsepower from a slightly souped-up, rear-mounted, Beetle engine and as the first Porsche, it quickly made its mark in the world of agile handling vehicles. Porsche attributes almost all the unknown factors of today’s sportscars, comfort and reliability.
Porsche started manufacturing its own engines during the 1950s and came up with more powerful versions of the 356. Although the true legend among modern automobiles came after the 356, the Porsche 911. The Porsche 911 was way ahead of its time when it was first introduced in 1964. They improved the rear-engine over three decades before introducing a completely new 911 Carrera in 1999. The lineage involves the 911 S (1967), the 911 Turbo (1974), the first 911 Cabriolet (1983) and the 911 Carrera 4 (1990).
During the 1970s, Porsche introduced a series of front-engine cars starting from the four-cylinder 924 (1976) and the completely unrelated 928. The 928 was powered by the company’s first V-8 engine (1978). And it is said that this is one of the most important milestones for Porsche. Because from the 924 sprang the more powerful and erudite 944 and 944 Turbo. And finally the 968 came to the market in the early ‘90s and Porsche retired both the 968 and 928 in 1995. After that, they focused primarily on development of the mid-engine Boxster and the rear-engine 911.
There is a reason why Porsche is synonymous with racing. Porsche cars actually began competing almost immediately after it was released. Till today, Porsche cars have won around 24,000 auto races around the world which includes more than 50 class wins at Le Mans.
Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, more commonly known as the Porsche, is a German automobile manufacturing company that is unknown to no one. Starting from its 356 to today’s updated 911, Porsche is the literal embodiment of style and class. With Porsche’s current lineup of the 718 Boxster/Cayman, 911, Panamera, Macan and Cayenne, we can very well guess that Porsche is here not just to stay, but to dominate.12