Porsche Museum pays tribute to 40 years of transaxle

Stuttgart, April 27, 2016

For some, they are perfect sports car, the other an aberration of the Porsche history: the transaxle models. 1976 Porsche led the construction of the type 924 "motor front and rear gear", followed by 928, 944 and 968. For the 40th anniversary of the Porsche Museum shows the special exhibition "The transaxle era". Of the 23 exhibits half is first shown to the public at the Museum. In addition to serial and racing cars, especially selected prototypes and studies are shown.

Moved far from the principle of Hecktriebler

Porsche moved off with the transaxle models from the design principle of the rear Trieblers 911. Even if the era 1995 came to an end: the deviation was a great success. Worldwide, the manufacturer was able to convince almost 400,000 customers of the new construction.

Plenty of room in the 928

The first transaxle model, the 924, the museum displays several derivatives. So, the prototype is 924 Turbo Targa in 1979 for the first time to see. He never went into series production, but its construction are incorporated into the development of the 944 Cabriolet. The featured 1977 Porsche 928 was originally to replace the 911. He offered considerably more comfort and plenty of luggage space as Gran Turismo and luxury sports cars. In the spring of 1987, began work on a convertible Variant. Thus the cabriolet study was 928 S4, which was not produced in series. The only prototype can be seen in addition to five other 928 types in Stuttgart.

From the Earth to the Moon

In September 1981, the 944 type that is positioned with his 163-HP four-cylinder between 924 and 911 followed. Through its engine derived from the 928 was accepted the 944 from the outset as a true Porsche. 163.302 units were produced until the end of production in 1991. In the exhibition, including the convertible study in 1985 is to see for the first time. In addition, the project "Luna" will be presented with the Austrian long-haul specialist Gerhard Plattner in 1987 completed an endurance test. The name of the project is that, that the mileage distance of 384.405 kilometers is the distance of the Moon from the Earth.

The end of the era: 968

Which marks the end of the era of the transaxle from 1991 to 1995 produced 968. His 240 HP strong three-liter engine was the world at that time with the 305 NM as the strongest torque four-cylinder aspirated engine. Under leadership of the former Chief Designer of harm Laagay was established in 1992 a roadster study of the Porsche 968, which can be seen in the Museum.

Free admission on Sunday, May 22

The special exhibition will be shown from 27 April until 16 October 2016. The Porsche Museum is open Tuesdays to Sundays from 9 am to 6 pm, admission is 8 euros. On 22 may, International Museum day, invites the Museum free of charge to the "Transaxle"Day. In addition to several tours there to see around the Museum transaxle vehicles from private owners. At the "transaxle"talk, witnesses look back on the development. (sl)