Porsche may not be mentioned among the biggest automakers in the world, but it is renowned the world over for its super-iconic road cars, e.g. the Porsche 918 Spyder, the Porsche 959 S, and the Porsche Carrera GT. Porsche has also excelled in building and designing some of the most successful race cars of all time, e.g. the legendary, 24 Hours of Le Mans-winning Porsche 917/30 race car and the Porsche 935/78 ‘Moby Dick’–the most powerful 911 race car ever. With over 30,000 racing competition victories under its belt, Porsche is widely regarded as the master of racing and motor sports.
Porsche owes its dominance in the automotive industry to Ferdinand Porsche–one of the most brilliant minds in automotive history. Ferdinand’s auto-engineering accomplishments helped to inspire the growth and development of the automotive industry in the first few decades of the 20th century, e.g. in 1901, he created the first gasoline-electric hybrid vehicle dubbed the Lohner-Porsche Mixed Hybrid, and in 1922, he custom-built the Austro-Daimler Sascha–a small race car that beat larger, more powerful race cars. Mr. Porsche founded the “Dr. Ing. h. c. F. Porsche GmbH” in 1931; it would later be shortened to Porsche AG.
The company took a while to get off the ground. In the 1930s, it mainly did consulting and motor vehicle development work for other automakers, e.g. it helped to build and design the Volkswagen Beetle for the German government during the 1930s and 1940s under Mr. Porsche’s stewardship. The Dr. Ing. h. c. F. Porsche GmbH built its first car, the Porsche 64, in 1939. It wasn’t until after the Second World War (in 1948) that it could build its second car–the 356. After the 356, the Dr. Ing. h. c. F. Porsche GmbH produced the Porsche 550, 718, 904, 906, 911, 912, 914, 924, 928, 930, 944, 959, 968, and many more. The most popular of all Porsche cars is the Porsche 911. The 1973 Porsche 917/30 Can-Am series race car remains the most powerful Porsche car ever built, with an output of 1,200bhp and with a top speed of 240mph (385kph).
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