Photo: Lennard Kugeler
Driven by Dreams
75 Years of Porsche Sports Cars
Autostadt in Wolfsburg will be commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Porsche brand in a special exhibition, „Driven by Dreams. Seventy-Five Years of Porsche Sports Cars“. The exhibition will guide visitors and sports car aficionados on a journey through the dreams of those sharing a very special relationship with the Porsche brand, displaying selected automobile exhibits illustrating how these dreams have been turned into reality. A separate area reserved for “sixty years of Porsche 911” will commemorate another anniversary including a first generation 911 from the ZeitHaus Autostadt Museum collection.
Personalities from the Porsche environment in the foreground
Company founder Ferdinand Porsche’s son Ferry Porsche and his team that built the legendary 356 “No. 1” roadster proved their belief in his dream and turned it into reality. The Driven by Dreams exhibition will be highlighting others from the Porsche environment alongside Ferry Porsche himself and racing driver Timo Bernhard, all figures driven by dreams – then and now.
MILESTONES FROM THE COMPANY’S HISTORY
The following vehicles from the history of the Porsche brand, cars that represent dreams come true:
Porsche 912 Coupé (1965)
In April 1965, Porsche presented a further sports car as an inexpensive entry-level variant. In terms of the body, chassis, wheels and brakes, the Porsche 912 was largely identical to the 911. The model’s 90 PS were to appeal to the traditionalists among Porsche fans, with the lower engine power compared to the 911 compensated for by an improved torque curve and the substantially lower weight of the smaller boxer engine.
Porsche 356 B 2000 GS Carrera GT (1960)
The Porsche 356 B Carrera GT models were designed in the early 1960s as grand tourer series racing cars fit for the road. These automobiles were powered by a choice of Carrera engines, one with a displacement of 1.6L delivering 115 bhp and a later 2L engine delivering 155 bhp. The 356 shown in the exhibition was later fitted with a 2L 180 bhp racing engine for driving, which is still mounted in the rear of the vehicle to this day.
Porsche 911 2.0 Coupé (1966 – the original model)
The Porsche 901 succeeded the 356 in 1963; Peugeot raised an objection to the name, so the 901 became the 911 before production began in 1964. The 911 provided more passenger and luggage space as well as added performance and driving comfort compared to its predecessor. Hardly any other sports car in the world creates such a rush of emotions as the Porsche 911 with its speed, its powerful, efficient and reliable engines, and its special design.
Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet Turbo Look aka Supersport (1983)
The 911 Carrera Turbo Look, or Supersport as it is referred to in some markets, was launched onto the market in the autumn of 1983. However, Porsche engineers had previously developed the 911 Carrera Cabriolet Turbo Look in silver-pink metallic as a zero-series vehicle for the then CEO Peter W. Schutz. The car was powered by a 3.2L engine that only went into series production in the 1986 model year. The model’s extensive complement of accessories reflected its pre-series status.
Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (2000)
The 911 GT3 Cup based on the 996 model series was the first Porsche racing sports car based on the water-cooled 911 Carrera. This near-production coupé was designed for the Supercup and Carrera Cup one-make championships consisting of technically identical racing cars. The later company racing drivers and Le Mans champions Timo Bernhard and Marc Lieb began their careers in 911 GT3 Cup models that competed in one-make championships until 2004.
Porsche 918 Spyder (2013)
The Porsche 918 Spyder saw its world premiere at the IAA 2013 International Motor Show. This plug-in hybrid was powered by a mid-mounted V8 engine with seven-speed Porsche dual clutch transmission and two electric motors. The Spyder was also the first series production car to complete the Nürburgring North Loop in less than seven minutes – 6:57 minutes to be precise – in 2013, topping the previous record by fourteen seconds.
Porsche Taycan 4S Cross Turismo (2022)
(Electricity consumption combined: 24,8 - 21,4 kWh/100 km, electrical range combined: 415 - 488 km, CO2-emissions combined: 0 g/km)
Launched in March 2021, the Taycan Cross Turismo extended the fully electric sports car range at Porsche, representing the brand’s social commitment in the Join the Porsche Ride programme. The Taycan Cross Turismo closely follows the visual aesthetic of the Mission E Cross Turismo concept study presented at the Geneva Motor Show in 2018. The Taycan Cross Turismo is powered by an 800V architecture electric motor with like its Taycan sports saloon stablemate.
The vehicle only have consumption and emission values according to WLTP and not according to NEDC.
Further information on official fuel consumption figures and the official specific CO2 emissions of new passenger cars can be found in the “Guide on the fuel economy, CO2 emissions and power consumption of new passenger car models”, which is available free of charge at all sales dealerships and from DAT Deutsche Automobil Treuhand GmbH, Hellmuth-Hirth-Str. 1, D-73760 Ostfildern, Germany and at www.dat.de.