To mark the 20th anniversary of Retro Classics, the Porsche Museum is presenting milestones from 120 years of electric mobility and over 70 years of sports cars. Visitors can look forward to a selection of exhibits that stood for innovative visions in their era. The journey through time leads from the Lohner-Porsche “Semper Vivus”, which is considered to be the world’s first fully functional full hybrid vehicle, to a Cayenne development vehicle with hybrid drive and the Porsche 918 Spyder record car, right through to the new Porsche Taycan Turbo S electric sports car.
“At Retro Classics, we are showing that electric mobility is part of the history and part of the future of Porsche,” emphasises Achim Stejskal, Head of Porsche Heritage and Museum. In addition, the sports car manufacturer is exhibiting two of the most important vehicles in the brand’s history: The first Porsche ever built, the 356 “No. 1” Roadster, as well as the oldest Porsche 911 in museum ownership, still built as type 901 with production number 57. At the weekend, racing driver Hans-Joachim Stuck and test and record driver Lars Kern will be available for autograph requests. To mark the anniversary of the trade fair organisers, every visitor to Retro Classics will receive a 25 per cent discount on admission to the Porsche Museum on presentation of their trade fair admission ticket by 30 June 2020.
The history of Porsche begins electrically. The journey back in time to the pioneering days at the end of the 19th century will start at Retro Classics with original exhibits from the Porsche Archive. In 1900, Ferdinand Porsche built the Lohner-Porsche “Semper Vivus” (“Always Alive”) to alleviate the disadvantages of battery weight and range of his first electric cars. The true-to-detail replica of this world’s first fully functional full hybrid vehicle presented at the trade fair leads to the petrol-electric powered Porsche of recent history. With the unique Cayenne on display, Porsche tested the hybrid drive in 2007. The hybrid technology, communication channels and cabling are visible through plastic windows.
Porsche hybrid technology reached a spectacular climax with the Porsche 918 Spyder. This super sports car with two electric and one petrol engine is considered the big bang for the sporting triumph of hybrid technology. Even before the first 918 Spyder was delivered, a prototype broke a record in September 2013: as the first vehicle with worldwide road registration, the 652 kW (887 hp) two-seater drove the 20.6-kilometer lap around the Nürburgring Nordschleife in less than seven minutes. This record car will be on display at Retro Classics along with the new Porsche Taycan Turbo S. With its first purely electrically powered sports car, Porsche is opening up a completely new chapter in electric mobility: The 560 kW (761 PS) four-door model can accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in 2.8 seconds – almost silently. With its range of 388 to 412 kilometres according to the WLTP measuring method and a charging time of around five minutes for a further 100 kilometres, it combines sportiness, suitability for everyday use and efficiency typical of the brand.
30-minute short tours provide trade fair visitors with even deeper insights into the history of Porsche electric mobility, for which interested parties can register on site at the counter in the Porsche Museum. Among other things, the new book “Electrified since 1893” on the history of electric mobility at Porsche is available there. The latest volume from the “Edition Porsche Museum” describes the exciting development of coupés and buses, racing cars and trucks right up to the Taycan.
With the 356 “No. 1” Roadster, Porsche is also bringing the first vehicle ever built by the brand to the Stuttgart classic car show. With the two-seater with tubular frame and mid-engine, Ferry Porsche fulfilled his dream of his own sports car. On June 8, 1948, the prototype with chassis number 356-001 received the general operating permit from the Carinthian state government. This date has since been regarded as the birth of the Porsche brand.
The crowd-puller 911 (901) “Number 57” will also be on display. The red coupé was created in October 1964 as one of the first series production models of the sports car still bearing the type designation 901. Only a few weeks after the start of production, however, the coupé had to be renamed in the autumn of 1964 due to an objection under trademark law and was henceforth called 911. Discovered in a barn in 2014, the museum specialists rebuilt the sports car as authentically and faithfully as possible with the help of the Porsche Classic Works Restoration.
Porsche will be offering further attractions around the classics at its stand in Hall 1, Stand A72. For example, visitors are invited to attend moderated fuel discussions with racing driver Hans-Joachim Stuck and test driver Lars Kern. These will take place on Saturday and Sunday from 14 to 15 hrs. Porsche Classic provides information about the parts supply for the classic cars and the
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