Porsche Perfection


 photo _MG_0125_zpsqxxf0vov.jpg


1.the state or quality of being perfect:
“the satiny perfection of her skin” ·

 photo _MG_0055_zpsknsukeup.jpg

synonyms: flawlessness · excellence · superbness · sublimity ·
exquisiteness · magnificence · perfectness · faultlessness · impeccability · immaculateness · exemplariness

 photo _MG_0144_zpsxhzn0agk.jpg

When describing Porsche’s role and influence in the Automotive industry and Motorsport from the past to today, we cannot thing of a more apt word.

 photo _MG_0113_zpsdpekipef.jpg

The exhibits at the Porsche Museum in its traditional city of Stuttgart, represent the philosophies that have shaped the company from its glorious past to the present day.

 photo _MG_0177_zpswrhq8pil.jpg

And illustrate a purity of design, lightness and engineering excellence that has been carried thorough their illustrious motorsport icons to the current 911.

 photo _MG_9880_zpscytxd3ff.jpg

 photo _MG_0121_zpsqy0pdfex.jpg

The Porsche museum proudly tells the story, right from the beginning. A split window Beetle recalls Dr. Porsche’s work on the original people’s car.

 photo _MG_9768_zps6bmp4nyj.jpg

Earlier examples of Dr. Porsche’s influence are also displayed. The minimalist cockpit of this 1946 Cisitalia Type 360 grabbed our attention. This unfinished concept featured a 1.5 litre supercharged 12 cylinder with four wheel drive. Exceptionally advanced and innovative engineering ideas from the 1940’s.

 photo _MG_9776_zps73klvvly.jpg

Known simply as “Number 1”, the first prototype of the Porsche 356 from 1948 is beautiful in its simplicity.

 photo _MG_9796_zps76ibegal.jpg

The 356 was the first Porsche production car and its success was fundamental in establishing the brand as it is today.

 photo _MG_9815_zpstepvcnqs.jpg

First introduced in 1949, the car started life sharing many components with the VW Beetle, but gradually evolved over time. By the time the 356 was discontinued in 1965, the majority of its components were 100 percent Porsche.

 photo _MG_9825_zps4tzblffg.jpg

The type 550 Spider is one of 90 made. Its most famous victory was a class win at the Carrera Panamericana in 1954. This was also the infamous model of car that James Dean called ‘Little Bastard’ that ultimately took his life.

 photo _MG_0149_zpsh9yzic0m.jpg

This 1950 356 SL (Super light) was the first German automobile to compete at Le Mans after the second World War. In 1951, it was the first Factory-backed Racing Porsche at the hallowed motorsport venue.

 photo _MG_0181_zpsimi6lizq.jpg

Wandering around the Porsche Museum, you begin to appreciate how influential motorsport has been in the design of these brilliant machines.

 photo _MG_9914_zpsur5t5dno.jpg

The legendary Porsche 917/30 Can Am racer is one of the most raw racing machines on display.

 photo _MG_9874_zpspbn0lmai.jpg

The performance figures of this car are frightening: 0-100 in 1.9 seconds, and a top speed of 413 km/h. With a potential 1300 bhp on tap in qualifying trim, it’s said this car could smoke its rears in fifth gear.

 photo _MG_9905_zpsl3yuckvt.jpg

Its not often you are within drooling distance of a car that captures pure automotive joy. Enter none other than the fabulously-radical Porsche 935-78, also known as the Moby Dick.

 photo _MG_0118_zpsns9vu5lf.jpg

Innovative in design and performance, never had such a crazy, production-based completion vehicle ever been previously crafted.

 photo _MG_9934_zpseg322xk6.jpg

It actually doesn’t matter that this thing didn’t win at Le Mans in 1978. Race cars like this embody something more than records and statistics, its still a legend in its own right, and will always be.

 photo _MG_0122_zpstopwqf2c.jpg

The Group C Rothman’s car was celebrated upside down.

 photo _MG_9878_zpsevdrm7ig.jpg

It could be said that Le Mans Porsches look fast from any angle. The Group C Blaupunkt Joest Porsche Racing Porsche 962 C looking as fresh today as it did almost 30 years ago.

 photo _MG_9965_zpsm2t7p9tb.jpg

It was raced to 4th place at Le Mans 1990 by Fank Jelinski, Derek Bell and Hans-Joachim Stuck.

 photo _MG_0020_zps5m1iuait.jpg

Adding to Porsche’s 50th anniversary was a Le Mans win. It was with this very machine, the GT1 in 1998. This was the first time that a Porsche racing car with a ultra lightweight carbon fiber chassis had been used in racing.

 photo _MG_0038_zpsaq4gxq8v.jpg

 photo _MG_0131_zps0nfdumnk.jpg

Often overlooked in the Porsche motorsport narrative, is the Rallying chapter. One of our favourite Rally Porsches is the Martini 911 SC 3.0 ‘Martini’. Driven by Vic Preston and John Lyall where it won the 26th East African Safari in 1978.

 photo _MG_0128_zpsqhs2tjtw.jpg

 photo _MG_0065_zpsqxgcv9xp.jpg

This is the sparse Penske Racing LMP2 spec RS Spyder, a car which up until the last couple of years was a contender in the American Le Mans Series.

 photo _MG_0162_zps9e0m9jck.jpg

The Museum also painted a picture of where Porsche is heading in the future. The 911 GT3 R Hybrid features an electrical front axle with two electric motors developing 60 bhp wach, supplementing the 480 bhp flat six. Interestingly, instead of the usual bulky hybrid batteries, an electrical flywheel power generator installed in the interior delivers energy to the electric motors.

 photo _MG_0078_zpsmbf58ruk.jpg

The utterly impressive 918 was launched in 2013, and is limited to a production of 918 vehicles. Featuring a hybrid and combustion engine developing 608 bhp. Two electrical engines develop 286 bhp.

 photo _MG_0116_zpsvmps69bm.jpg

The results of all this power is 0-100 clicks in 2.6 seconds and a Nurburing taxi lap in 6.57 minutes. Not too bad for a hybrid Porsche.

 photo _MG_0173_zpswspbyk2o.jpg

We leave you with what is in our opinion one of the most beautifully designed Porsche models. The 959.

 photo _MG_9999_zpsi54pgciz.jpg

Thankyou for reading and viewing this feature on the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart. As always…Watch this space.



Driven Threads- Established 2012

 photo _MG_9945_zps8zztvusk.jpg

 photo _MG_0124_zpsjyv9ijwl.jpg

 photo _MG_0135_zpsafsvz3kz.jpg

 photo _MG_0182_zpspod5b1ps.jpg

Have your say! Leave a Reply!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: