Porsche 911: 50 Years by Randy Leffingwell

By Randy Leffingwell

In Porsche 911: 50 Years, bestselling writer Randy Leffingwell celebrates a half-century of 1 of the world's leading activities autos, concentrating on the foremost subject matters that experience outlined Porsche's rear-engined ask yourself. Randy tells the entire story--design and improvement, racing and festival, engineering and expertise, sort and tradition. all of the iconic 911 versions are integrated: the unique 901 prototype that set the normal; the mythical RS types that made the little Porsche a dominant strength at the world's racetracks; the notorious faster, the auto that saved the functionality flame alight in the course of the darkish, dismal decade of the Seventies; the fabled 959, the version that redefined the time period "sports car"; the 993, final of the unique air-cooled versions; and the 996, 997, and 991, the liquid-cooled vehicles that introduced the 911 right into a new millennium. past telling the tale of the vehicles, Porsche 911: 50 years additionally spotlights the folk in the back of them: Ferdinand "Butzi" Porsche, the son of mythical Porsche founder Ferdinand "Ferry" Porsche, who co-designed the immediately recognizable 911 form; Peter W. Schutz, the Porsche CEO who stored the 911 from extinction; and Dr. Helmuth Bott, the engineering genius in the back of the various groundbreaking applied sciences that experience outlined the 911, together with gas injection, turbocharging, and all-wheel-drive. Leffingwell additionally tells the tale of the 911 community--the golf equipment and tradition that encompass the automobile. jointly, all of those features make Porsche 911: 50 Years the main crucial e-book in any Porsche proprietor or fan's library.

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They also had done cabriolet development for the 356 models. By June 12, he and engineer Werner Trenkler had completed their first mockup, and Ferry had it photographed that day. Barely two weeks later, on the 24th, a group convened to review the car. Ferry Porsche, F. , Hans Tomala, Hans Beierbach (now running Reutter for Porsche), Erwin Komenda (whom Ferry had put in charge of completing the 901/911 technical drawings), Fritz Plaschka, and Harald Wagner (Ferry’s sales chief) examined the car.

0 37 A recent interview with Karl Rabe’s son, Heinz, who has been working on his father’s diaries as a memoir, revealed a turning point in office politics. Komenda was humiliated by this design review. It was his independence, but also his view of the German auto industry, that motivated and inspired him. ” In his mind, Ferry Porsche was making a mistake—not being true to his interest in bigger American-type cars. Heinz Rabe knew this because his father Karl was Komenda’s boss in the Konstruktionsbüro Aufbau, always abbreviated in documents as KBA (literally “design department body”).

A. contributed ideas to 3 E V O L U T I O N V E R S I O N 2 . 0 | C H A P T E R 4 R A C I N G T H E 9 1 1 28 This drawing examined interior space and accommodations of the 695 body on the 754 undercarriage using a 2,300-millimeter wheelbase. ” Porsche Archiv Another in a series of December 17, 1960, drawings analyzed the 2,400-millimeter wheelbase on the 695 T7 platform. Every change to wheelbase or overall length affected hundreds of other elements, most of which were ignored in this simplified illustration.

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