The number-one performance car in the world has millions of enthusiasts that know everything about it, including its history, design and general facts. If you are a Porsche cult follower, this list compiled by Naijauto will definitely add to your knowledge of the global brand:
Dr.-Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG is the full name of the car brand, also called Porsche AG, or most popularly, simply Porsche. Many mistakenly pronounce this as a single syllabic “Porsh”. Amazingly, the correct pronunciation is “Porsh-eh.” This is the original German rendition of the name of Porsche’s founder, Ferdinand Porsche. Now you know!
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2. Cooling process
The first water-cooled Porsche engine did not appear until 1997. In an automobile industry where water cooled engines are the standard, Porsche maintained their Volkswagen design derived air cooling process for more than 50 years. The 996 has the distinction of being the first water-cooled Porsche. These days, water-cooled engines have also become standard for the automobile manufacturer.
Porsche Boxster Cooling System Overview
3. Custom paint jobs
Do you know your Porsche can be any color you want it to be, so long as you can pay for the privilege? While traditional colors of the sports cars line are white, red and black, it is quite normal to see a Porsche in Daffodil yellow or shocking neon pink! So, if you are thinking of putting down a cheque for a Porsche, be sure you have already picked out your favorite finish.
Porsche colors don't have to be yours!
4. Going electric
What with the mania about electric cars in this century, it is absolutely unbelievable to hear that the first electric car as well as a hybrid was made by, you guessed it, Porsche! This was about a hundred years ago in the early 20th century. How about that? Porsche’s founder, Ferdinand Porsche built the first completely electric car, the Lohner-Porsche Electric car, which closely resembled the design of modern electric cars today.
It came complete with separate hub motors that were four in number. He went on to design a hybrid replica of the car that could switch from electric power to gas. This was really revolutionary at the time, though both models remained at concept/prototype level and were never mass produced.
The Lohner-Porsche hybrid car in the 1900s
5. Not an auto-maker originally!
This one is definitely for the books. It’s certainly surprising to find out that Porsche didn’t begin by making automobiles, even though they became so good at it. The brand instead helped to conceptualize other vehicles such as military tanks for World War II and the Volkswagen Beetle, which was incidentally originally conceived by Hitler! The bug was designed to be an all-terrain hardy vehicle for Nazi Germany’s use. Porsche also made vehicles for agriculture.
The Porsche 111 tractor
6. Porsche now makes SUVs
Yep! Since 2002 in fact. The king of small, fast and compact is now a contender in the thriving SUV market. Porsche lovers received the news with varying degrees of shock, consternation, and approval. However, it is official that the formerly purely sports vehicle only maker is now in the SUV sweepstakes. The Cayenne was the groundbreaking vehicle and still remains one of the top Porsche SUV favorites today. It is so novel to think that Porsche’s known pedigree in engine performance has now been married to the rugged versatility of the SUV. This particular line is certain to go places very quickly, and you can keep pace with all the latest auto developments at Naijauto news.
The 2018 Porsche Macan crossover SUV
7. Porsche 911 history
The Porsche 911 is perhaps Porsche’s most loved car. However, it almost suffered a devastating setback early in its history. The 911 actually began her illustrious career as the 901, which was a name Peugeot claimed, violated their patented series names. Peugeot then take up the matter in court. Porsche’s loss in court meant the brand had to change the Porsche 901 to the Porsche 911. Nowadays, it seems they could not have chosen a better name.
The modern 911 continues to be one of Porsche's highest selling model
8. Racing to win… and win again
Everyone knows Porsche makes some of the greatest sports cars in automobile history. You may also know that the brand makes cars purely for racing. However, it could shock you to know just how successful Porsche has been in the racing business. First, across the world, the car brand has come tops in at least 24,000 races. Add to that the fact that they have been victorious at Le Mans more times than any other car manufacturer.
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9. Still on racing
Harping on Porsche’s incredible racing record, the 917 is the racing car that scored Porsche AG’s first Le Man triumph. The particular 917 that took the trophy did so with a max speed of 240 mph. Porsche continued to make the 917 and there are currently more than 15 versions of them, since manufactured.
10. The First Porsche?
The 356 is generally considered to be the first Porsche car. Actually, it is the first car that was made and sold to the public by Porsche AG. The 356 came about around the period of Ferdinand Porsche’s imprisonment by the Allied forces, following the fall of Nazi Germany. In the founder’s absence, his son, Ferry Porsche, embarked on a project that would ultimately result in the 356. A sawmill in Gmünd became the manufacturing plant for Ferry’s new project, and there the initial 356 prototype cars were built. The model had a good showing at auto-fairs and soon there were enough orders to make it viable. A new subsidiary of the auto-maker, Porsche Konstruktionen GesmbH was quickly established by Ferry and Louise Porsche to manufacture the model.
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10. Fastest thing on wheels
When auto giant Mercedes wanted to design the world’s fastest car in 1939, guess who they came to? Ferdinand Porsche accepted the challenge and went on to design and build the Type-80, an auto maxing out at an unbelievable 756 Kmph! The Type-80 is still revolutions ahead, more than 6 decades later, its closest rival being the 2018 Buggatti Chiron which hits a top speed of merely 420kmph.
The Type-80 is the fastest car ever made
11. The Porsche name
The full name of Porsche, Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG stands for its founder’s name, which in full is Doktor Ingenieur honoris causa Ferdinand Porsche Aktiengesellschaft.
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