Sunday, June 14, 2015

Porsche - Stuttgart, Germany

The second stop on our German tour of car sites was in Zuffenhausen at the Porsche museum and factory.

The factory is the building on the right in the picture below, and a dealership is on the left. This factory at this site is Porsche's first factory and the original building is still standing within its grounds. 911's and Boxsters are currently built here and the assembly line winds its way through three stories of the factory building. The bridge in the center of the picture below connects the factory with the paint shop and car bodies actually move from the paint shop through the bridge to the factory.

We went on a tour through the factory and it was by far one of the best factory tours. We observed the car bodies moving between floors, got up close to the assembly areas and even had the opportunity to look at a couple of 918's that were ready for delivery. Once again, no cameras were permitted within the factory.

The museum is an architectural wonder in itself, with its angled design providing for a split level floor layout within for the car displays.

Outside the museum there were some customer cars and a 919 Hybrid on display.

The new 991 GT3 RS also made an appearance.

Once inside the museum, we were treated to several levels of notable cars in the history of Porsche.

I have too many photos to show in one post, but here are some cars and other things that I really enjoyed seeing.

356 America Roadster

1996 - Hollow spoke technology

908 body - fibreglass reinforced plastic - 130 kg

911 2.0

917 and 908

911 Carrera RSR 3.0

Who thinks of the movie Bad Boys when they see a 964 Turbo?

One of my favourite GT cars - 911 GT1 98.

997 GT3 RSR

Sally Carrera

This special edition 997 Turbo S "Edition 918 Spyder" with acid green highlights was only offered to buyers of the 918 Spyder and is limited to 918 units.

997 Turbo S Edition 918 Spyder

918 Spyder

911 GT3 R Hybrid

Carrera GT

The evolution of the Beetle, I mean 911.

If you would like to see more photos, click here.

Next stop - Mercedes-Benz.