Ferdinand Porsche once received the nickname ‘the old professor’. Seen his achievements, nobody will be surprised about that. At the Paris World Exhibition in 1900, the world looked surprised at an hybrid 4-wheel drive car. At an age of just 25, Ferdinand Porsche designed and created the highly innovative Lohner-Porsche. The car was born out of Ferdinand Porsche’s passion for innovation and his will to reach maximum output with a minimum of ressources. After the founding of his own design and engineering studio in 1931, that “Porsche principle” remained associated with the company. It still lives today, and the numerous sportive successes derive directly from it. Porsche has been ‘redefining performance’ since the very beginning.
Just a few weeks after the first Porsche hit the streets in June 1948, it achieved a class victory at the first race to be held in Austria after World War II. This was the first succes in an endless list. So far, Porsche took chequered flag in over 30,000 races and championships. That includes an unequalled 19 overall victories at the grueling 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race. The Porsche road-legal cars inherit the technologies designed to push the race-cars to the limit. Turbo technology, improved brakes and aerodynamics used in the cars of today, helped the race-cars of the past to achieve victories.
The Petersen Automotive Museum now invites you to dive deeper into its “Redefining Performance” exhibition highlighting Porsche’s transfer of technology from the track to the road. At this moment, the Petersen Automotive Museum is temporarily closed. As soon as the county of Los Angeles allows the museum to reopen, we encourage you to go take a look. Among others, you can admire some legendary cars like the Porsche 356SL Gmünd Coupe that took the first class win at Le Mans in 1951, the Porsche 935 Kremer K3, and a 2016 Porsche 911 RSR.
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