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Ferdinand Porsche was a self-taught automotive designer and engineer. In 1900, at the age of 25, he designed the first hybrid gasoline-electric car for an Austrian company. Then in the '30s he sold the German government on his dream of a small, simple car that would be affordable for the masses. That car became the Volkswagen Beetle.
Post-war shortages forced Porsche to use components from the Volkswagen Beetle -- the rear-mounted, air-cooled four-cylinder engine, the gear box and the suspension -- to realize his next car. The car that emerged in 1948 was the Porsche 356. More than 75,000 were made over the course of 15 years.
Since 1964, every 911 ever built has been made at Porsche's factory in Stuttgart, Germany.
The factory produces around 40 Boxters, about 110 Porsche 911s and approximately 500 engines daily.
Porsche builds 16 versions of the Porsche 911, including the 911 GT3 which delivers 435 horsepower.
Each 911 has around 5,000 welds.
Over 4 decades, the design of the 911 has been updated just five times -- resulting in six generations.
The most popular colours for a Porsche are black, white and red, but Porsche can custom paint a car any colour (for a fee).
The plant makes more than 20 different versions of its 6-cylinder engine ranging from 255 to 535 horsepower.
The Porsche 911 (pronounced as Nine Eleven or German: Neunelfer) is a two-door Grand Tourer made by Porsche AG of Stuttgart, Germany. It has a distinctive design, rear-engined and with independent rear suspension, an evolution of the swing axle on the Porsche 356. Since its introduction in 1963, it has undergone continuous development, though the basic concept has remained little changed. The engine was air-cooled until the introduction of the Type 996 in 1998.
Throughout its lifetime, the 911 has been modified by private teams and by the factory itself for racing, rallying and other forms of automotive competition. It is among the most successful competition cars ever. In the mid 1970s, naturally aspirated 911 Carrera RSRs won major world championship sports car races such as Targa Florio, Daytona, Sebring and Nürburgring, even against prototypes. The 911-derived 935 turbo also won the coveted 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1979. 2012 2013 porsche factory automotive auto car "porsche 911" supercar new race company design build built machine 911 carerra update future parts evolution vehicle exclusive elite sportscar brand german germany performance exhaust aftermarket sales testing test track "auto show" icon paint technology classic custom engine world "rear engine" trendy monaco model sports TV television entertainment expat tvexpat
In the 1999 international poll for the award of Car of the Century, the 911 came fifth. It is one of two in the top five that had remained continuously in production (the original Beetle remained in production until 2003), and was until 1998 the most successful surviving application of the air- (now water-) cooled opposed rear-engine layout pioneered by its original ancestor, the Volkswagen Beetle. It is one of the oldest sports coupe nameplates still in production.
The Porsche 911 GT1 is a car that was developed in 1996 for the GT1 Le Mans racing class. In order to qualify for GT racing, 25 homologation road-going models were built as a requirement. These models developed around 700 horsepower and 0--60 in 3.3 seconds. Top speed was 235 mph. Both the road and race cars carried the same twin-turbo charged engine the Porsche 962 had, and the race car was a match for the McLaren F1 GTRs during which time it raced. A re-developed version of the 911 GT1 race car was built, and this model won the 1998 24 Hours of Le Mans. Although this car is not really considered to be a real 911 (largely because of its mid-mounted engine and built for homologation purposes) it is the most powerful and probably the fastest road-going Porsche ever made.