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The Porsche is a legacy of Ferdinand Porsche and his belief in what an automobile should be Porsche believed that cars should be the products of engineering innovation careful development and diligent craftsmanship Dr Ferdinand Porsche was born in 1875 in Bohemia and early on he devoted his time to mechanical and electric structures When he was 15 his family was delighted to learn it had the second electrically lighted structure in town for he had built a generator and everything else he needed including the bulb to light their house This would be just the beginning of what was to come for Ferdinand Porsche The first Porsche name created a sensation when it debuted at the Paris Exposition in 1900 Called the Lohner-Porsche it was a battery-powered two-seater that used electric motors in the front wheel hubs Ferdinand Porsche designed the hub motors at just 25 years old Mr Lohner an employer of Porsche boasted to the press He is very young but he is a man with a big career before him You will hear of him again This quote is what drove Porsche to create the type of car that he is much acclaimed for The first car that Porsche produced was something that he had been working on for a lifetime With a light chassis and a low center of gravity the production car had a fundamental purpose while a racing version which was capable of 37 mph was also planned In 1906 the Austrian branch of the Daimler Motor Company hired Porsche as its new Technical Director Porsche designed a number of landmark cars eventually assuming the position of Chief Engineer at Daimler headquarters in 1923 In 1924 he produced a Mercedes-Benz which proved its design winning the Targa Florio A competitive racing event At Daimler-Benz Porsche created one of the most exquisite cars of all time the Mercedes-Benz S-series People now could speed and be comfortable while racing
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