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Ferdinand Porsche’s First Car Resurfaces After 111 Years

P1 battery car to go on display in Stuttgart.

by on Jan.28, 2014

The Porsche P1 is formally known as the 1898 Egger-Lohner C.2. Phaeton.

It wasn’t your classic “barn find.”  In the case of the rare P1, it was found stuffed in the back of an old Austrian warehouse – since 1902.

Officially known as the Egger-Lohner electric vehicle, C.2 Phaeton, it’s the first car ever designed by the legendary Ferdinand Porsche. And it was one of several electric vehicles the automotive pioneer – later known for his groundbreaking sports cars – developed in his early years.

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The classic, newly restored after 115 years – more than 111 of them in storage – is getting its rightful place of honor at the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart this week as part of the gallery’s fifth anniversary.

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Farewell Ferdinand Alexander Porsche

Designer of iconic 911 dead at age 76.

by on Apr.06, 2012

Ferdinand Alexander Porsche and the original Porsche 911, which he helped pen 50 years ago.

As a member of the eponymous Porsche family his name was on the door, as it might be said, but it was the cars Ferdinand Alexander Porsche will be remembered for long after his passing, yesterday, at the age of 76.

Indeed, the most important of those products only recently reappeared in its seventh-generation form, the iconic 911 that still looks much like it did when first unveiled at the 1963 Frankfurt Motor Show.

“The creator of the Porsche 911 has founded a culture of design in our company that distinguishes our sports cars even today,” said Porsche’s current CEO Matthias Mueller, recalling the influence of Ferdinand Porsche, the grandson of the man who founded the legendary automaker.

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VW/Porsche Merger Likely Dead, But Makers Still Expanding Ties

VW to start building Porsches later this year.

by on Mar.19, 2012

Porsche CEO Matthias Muller with the newly redesigned Boxster at the car's Geneva Motor Show debut.

The on-again/off-again Volkswagen-Porsche merger appears to have moved into the indefinite hold category, but that doesn’t mean the two German makers won’t expand their ties.  In fact, VW will begin producing the all-new Porsche Boxster, later this year, alongside the Golf Cabriolet.

With Porsche facing numerous lawsuits over its failed attempt to pull off the David v Goliath acquisition of larger VW, several years ago, the potential financial liabilities have all but scuttled a merger, Porsche officials suggested during a meeting with industry analysts.

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The meeting “confirmed our view that a merger of Porsche and VW is not possible,” said analyst Jochen Gehrke, of Deutsche Bank, though the smaller maker did confirm that it will continue expanding its relationship with its bigger rival.

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First Look: Porsche Panamera Hybrid

How green is my mean machine?

by on Mar.02, 2011

The new Porsche Panamera S Hybrid may get 30+ mpg, but it will also top 167 mph.

Few brand names generate as clear and immediate an image as Porsche.  But while most motorists will readily associate the brand with high performance sports cars, founder Ferdinand Porsche was arguably one of the pioneers of environmentally friendly automobiles, developing what was arguably the world’s first hybrid automobile.

So, perhaps it’s fitting that the maker is now making an aggressive push into battery power, with its new Panamera S Hybrid making its formal debut at this year’s very eco-conscious Geneva Motor Show.

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The second Porsche to use a gasoline-electric driveline is a version of the German maker’s popular – if controversial – 4-door coupe-like sedan.  Set to go on sale next year for $95,975, the Porsche Panamera S delivers the performance long associated with the brand yet boasts a Combined fuel economy rating of 33.1 mpg.

The trick is pairing a 3.0-liter supercharged V6 developing 330 horsepower with a 47-hp electric motor/generator.  That part of the driveline relies on a set of nickel-metal hydride batteries packed into the trunk.  Under full acceleration, the system can call on a combined 380-hp, enough to launch it from 0 to 60 in 5.7 seconds and push it to a top speed of 167 mph.

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