75 Years of Porsche Sports Cars – Driven by Dreams
from January 17th, 2023 to January 7th, 2024
Open daily from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm. Entrance is free.
75 years of pioneering spirit, passion and dreams
When dreams and engineering artistry converge to become an amazing and pioneering automotive brand: the DRIVE. Volkswagen Group Forum is currently focussing on the cult Porsche brand. Alongside sports car pioneer Ferry Porsche, “Driven by Dreams” focuses on other prominent people from the world of Porsche, who were, and continue to be, driven by dreams. The vehicle exhibits are guaranteed to get the pulses of Porsche fans racing. The real highlight of the exhibition is the public launch of the Porsche Vision 357 concept car.
This extraordinary exhibition focuses on people who are inspired by dreams that have shaped Porsche’s history and are shaping the future in a visionary way.
360 Degree Tour
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Back to the Future
Ferry Porsche launched the 356/1 Roadster model onto the road in 1948, a cult car with a pioneering design. This vehicle marks the start of the legendary success story of the Porsche brand.
he Porsche Vision 357 concept car is a homage to the legendary 356/1 model. What might Ferry Porsche’s dream of a sports car have looked like today? With this idea in mind, the development team has combined the past, present and future in a new model. The proportions are intended to reference the car’s historical predecessor, at the same time looking to the future. The magnificent result can be seen at the DRIVE for the first time.
Porsche 356 "No.1" Roadster
Based on Ferry Porsche’s concept, the first car to bear the Porsche name took shape from July 1947 on the drawing boards of the construction office in Gmünd, Austria. On 8 June 1948, the sports car received its general operating permit. The handcrafted aluminium body and the steel tubular space frame came from Porsche, with the mechanicals taken and modified from the Volkswagen. While “No. 1” remained a one-off, its successor with a rear engine and steel body became the very first winning model in the history of Porsche.
Volkswagen and Porsche joined forces in the late 1960s to produce two different versions of the VW-Porsche 914. The 914 was driven by a four-cylinder engine with electronic fuel injection and 80 HP output developed by VW, while the 914/6 contained the 110 HP six-cylinder engine used in the Porsche 911 T. Porsche took care of the construction work. The 914 was the first step Porsche took to expand its product range, which had solely consisted of the 911 up to that point.
Porsche 911 Carrera S
More powerful, faster, digital – the Porsche 911 is now entering its eighth generation. Unmistakably committed to the Porsche design DNA, with a much more muscular look and an interior featuring a 10.9-inch touchscreen monitor, the new 911 is timeless – and also modern.
Porsche Taycan 4 Cross Turismo
Porsche is expanding the product portfolio of its first all-electric sports car range with the addition of the versatile Taycan Cross Turismo version, thereby continuing the systematic pursuit of its path towards sustainable mobility. The new high-tech chassis with allwheel drive and adaptive air suspension also ensures uncompromising dynamics off-road.
Porsche 919 Hybrid Evo
The 919 Hybrid dominated the World Endurance Championship (WEC) from 2015 to 2017. After that, the 2017 WEC-model and a further developed 919 Hybrid Evo went on a Tribute Tour to public events as well as record attempts. With a system output of 1160 PS, reduced weight and modified aerodynamics the Evo proofed what the Porsche 919 Hybrid could achieve without strict WEC regulations. In April, the 919 Hybrid Evo with Neel Jani at the wheel set a new lap record at Spa-Francorchamps, being faster than the Formula 1.
Porsche 550 Spyder Showcar
Every Porsche is a race car – following this motto, Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen conceived the 550 Spyder in 1953. Featuring a light aluminium body on a flat-welded steel tubular frame, the Spyder tipped the scales at about 550 kilograms. The rear section was hinged, allowing quick access to the rear axle, gearbox and mid-ship powerplant – the legendary Carrera engine.
Dreamer and maker
Porsche continues to reinvent itself without ever forfeiting the values and the identity that make the brand what it is today. It stands for people who helped write the success story with their dreams and their gambles. People who likewise believed in their dreams. Dreamers change the world with their foresight. They are inspirational and are what sets a successful brand apart.
Those lucky enough to build a business out of a dream owe it to the world to be the caretakers of dreams.
“When driving a 911 in Le Mans in 2002, all the prototypes were simply whizzing past me. And that’s when I formulated a dream – the dream of securing overall victory here in a prototype with Porsche."
In 2017, Bernhard had another opportunity to realise the victory he was hoping for when the 919 Hybrid competed in Le Mans for the final time. Bernhard: “Three and a half hours into the race, we were stuck in the pit for 64 minutes undergoing repairs. I thought to myself: ‘Even if there were still 20 hours of driving ahead of us, we wouldn’t be able to move up by more than one podium position’. Our mechanics worked quickly and were absolutely focused. When we left the pit, we were in 56th place. But the 919 Hybrid was running like a dream again. From then on, we simply went full throttle – it was all or nothing. We took a lot of risks. I was able to take the lead 66 minutes before the end and ultimately crossed the finishing line in first place."
If you wish with all your heart to realise something, be bold. Have a plan, question things, but not too much, and apply all your energy.
Frank-Steffen Walliser Vice President Complete Vehicle Architecture and Characteristics
We look forward to welcoming you to DRIVE soon!