Ferdinand Porsche and engine specialist Josef Kales, 1937, in the Porsche Engineering office in Stuttgart
Porsche AG, Stuttgart, has been the leading manufacturer of premium sports cars for more than six decades. However, the historic roots of the Porsche brand go back much further than that. When Ferry Porsche built the legendary Type 356 in 1948, he and his engineers were able to look back on a wealth of comprehensive technological experience. Back in 1931, Ferdinand Porsche founded and registered a design bureau named "Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche Gesellschaft mit beschränkter Haftung, Konstruktion und Beratung für Motoren- und Fahrzeugbau" (“Design and Consultancy Company for Engine and Vehicle Construction”) in Stuttgart.
Since then, the Porsche company has experienced many highs and lows and has grown from a small design bureau to a world famous manufacturer of sports and racing cars. This success story is based on decades of development experience, stretching far beyond just building sports cars.
Over an 80 year period, Porsche has built up a reputation as one of the best known and multi-faceted engineering service providers in the world. The tradition of customer development started by Ferdinand Porsche in 1931 is still successfully continued today by Porsche Engineering Group GmbH, based in Weissach. Porsche Engineering carries out development work on behalf of car manufacturers and suppliers, as well as companies from other sectors, combining the skills of Porsche as a series manufacturer, technology company and engineering service provider and making these available to third parties.
The 80th anniversary of the founding of the Porsche design bureau in 1931 is one of this year's central themes for the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen. From 21st June to 11th September 2011 a special exhibition will honour the most important and interesting customer developments from the last eight decades, including the legendary Auto Union Grand Prix racing car.