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Opening: September 27th 4:30 pm in the GroupForum

Driven by Dreams

75 Years of Porsche Sports Cars

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Autostadt in Wolfsburg will be commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Porsche brand in a special exhibition, „Driven by Dreams. Seventy-Five Years of Porsche Sports Cars“. The exhibition will guide visitors and sports car aficionados on a journey through the dreams of those sharing a very special relationship with the Porsche brand, displaying selected automobile exhibits illustrating how these dreams have been turned into reality. A separate area reserved for “sixty years of Porsche 911” will commemorate another anniversary including a first generation 911 from the ZeitHaus Autostadt Museum collection.

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Personalities from the Porsche environment in the foreground

Company founder Ferdinand Porsche’s son Ferry Porsche and his team that built the legendary 356 “No. 1” roadster proved their belief in his dream and turned it into reality. The Driven by Dreams exhibition will be highlighting others from the Porsche environment alongside Ferry Porsche himself and racing driver Timo Bernhard, all figures driven by dreams – then and now.

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The following vehicles from the history of the Porsche brand, cars that represent dreams come true:

Porsche 356 1600 Speedster (1956)
The autumn of 1955 saw the Porsche 356 A replace the 356; the Speedster, which had been in production for a year, remained in the range alongside the coupé and cabriolet to serve the fan base that this open-top bare-bones sports car had found in the USA. A total of 2,910 356 A Speedsters were built, each equipped with a 1.6L engine delivering either 60 or 75 bhp.

Porsche 356 B 2000 GS Carrera GT (1960)
The Porsche 356 B Carrera GT models were designed in the early 1960s as grand tourer series racing cars fit for the road. These automobiles were powered by a choice of Carrera engines, one with a displacement of 1.6L delivering 115 bhp and a later 2L engine delivering 155 bhp. The 356 shown in the exhibition was later fitted with a 2L 180 bhp racing engine for driving, which is still mounted in the rear of the vehicle to this day.

Porsche 911 2.0 Coupé (1966 – the original model)
The Porsche 901 succeeded the 356 in 1963; Peugeot raised an objection to the name, so the 901 became the 911 before production began in 1964. The 911 provided more passenger and luggage space as well as added performance and driving comfort compared to its predecessor. Hardly any other sports car in the world creates such a rush of emotions as the Porsche 911 with its speed, its powerful, efficient and reliable engines, and its special design.

Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet Turbo Look aka Supersport (1983)
The 911 Carrera Turbo Look, or Supersport as it is referred to in some markets, was launched onto the market in the autumn of 1983. However, Porsche engineers had previously developed the 911 Carrera Cabriolet Turbo Look in silver-pink metallic as a zero-series vehicle for the then CEO Peter W. Schutz. The car was powered by a 3.2L engine that only went into series production in the 1986 model year. The model’s extensive complement of accessories reflected its pre-series status.

Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (2000)
The 911 GT3 Cup based on the 996 model series was the first Porsche racing sports car based on the water-cooled 911 Carrera. This near-production coupé was designed for the Supercup and Carrera Cup one-make championships consisting of technically identical racing cars. The later company racing drivers and Le Mans champions Timo Bernhard and Marc Lieb began their careers in 911 GT3 Cup models that competed in one-make championships until 2004.

Porsche 918 Spyder (2013)
The Porsche 918 Spyder saw its world premiere at the IAA 2013 International Motor Show. This plug-in hybrid was powered by a mid-mounted V8 engine with seven-speed Porsche dual clutch transmission and two electric motors. The Spyder was also the first series production car to complete the Nürburgring North Loop in less than seven minutes – 6:57 minutes to be precise – in 2013, topping the previous record by fourteen seconds.

Porsche Taycan 4S Cross Turismo (2022)
Launched in March 2021, the Taycan Cross Turismo extended the fully electric sports car range at Porsche, representing the brand’s social commitment in the Join the Porsche Ride programme. The Taycan Cross Turismo closely follows the visual aesthetic of the Mission E Cross Turismo concept study presented at the Geneva Motor Show in 2018. The Taycan Cross Turismo is powered by an 800V architecture electric motor with like its Taycan sports saloon stablemate.