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PostPosted: Thu Apr 05, 2012 2:56 pm    Post subject: Ferdinand "Butzi" Porsche, 911 Creator has Died Reply with quote

Ferdinand Alexander Porsche, nicknamed "Butzi", Ferry Porsche's eldest son, grandson of Ferdinand Porsche and the inventor of the 911 sportscar, has died, aged 76, Porsche AG said in an e-mailed statement today.

"We mourn the death of Ferdinand Alexander Porsche. As creator of the Porsche 911 he founded a design company in our culture that shapes our sports cars today. His philosophy of good design is for us a legacy that we will continue to do with honour."

"As creator of the Porsche 911, he established a design culture that molds our sportscars still today,” Matthias Mueller, chief executive officer of Porsche AG, said in an e- mailed statement. “His philosophy of good design is for us a legacy that we will also honor in the future.”

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Ferdinand Alexander Porsche, the grandson of Ferdinand Porsche, who created the original Volkswagen Beetle, designed the first 911 in 1962. He went on to develop racecars for the Germany automaker until leaving the Stuttgart-based company in 1972 with other family members, when Porsche was transformed into a joint stock company.

Ferdinand Alexander Porsche trained at the College of Design in Ulm, and joined the Porsche design department in 1958. The eldest son of Ferry Porsche and grandson of Ferdinand Porsche, he had spent time in the company workshops from an early age, and he took on the management of the Porsche Design Studio in 1962.

When Porsche converted to a shareholders' company, the Porsche family stepped aside from day-to-day operations; F.A. Porsche remained a shareholder and member of the supervisory board, serving as Chair from 1990-93. He also founded the Porsche Design Studio in 1972, and has pursued an independent career as a product designer.

Most recently, F.A. Porsche had served as supervisory board chairman, handing over his role to his son, Ferdinand Oliver Porsche.


The 911 was premiered at the IAA in Frankfurt in 1963 as the Porsche 901. But a French car company claimed copyright over the use of all model numbers with zero in the middle. Porsche therefore renamed the 901 the 911 -- that three figure number which still raises the heartbeat of every sports car fan.

Porsche had been working on the shape of the bodywork for the 911 as early as the fifties, in the days when the 356 was still the marque's crowd puller. The prototype mutated over time to a four-seater but was not approved by Ferry Porsche. The final shape was the work of Porsche's son Ferdinand Alexander.

It was decided from the start that the successor to the 356 should also have a rear engine. The choice fell to the six-cylinder Boxer engine with axial fan and -- due to the greater speed reserves -- an upper camshaft on each side. The camshaft was driven via chains after vertical shafts and toothed belts were disregarded. The 356 frame and chassis were replaced by new designs. The result was a car about which Ferry Porsche later said: "The 911 stamped the unmistakable character of the Porsche sports car".


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Ferdinand Alexander Porsche dies

Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, Stuttgart, is mourning Professor Ferdinand Alexander Porsche. The Honorary President of the Supervisory Board died on 5 April 2012 in Salzburg, aged 76. Matthias Müller, President and Chief Executive Officer of Porsche AG, paid tribute to Ferdinand Alexander Porsche’s services to the sports car manufacturer: “We mourn the death of our partner, Ferdinand Alexander Porsche. As the creator of the Porsche 911, he established a design culture in our company that has shaped our sports cars to this very day. His philosophy of good design is a legacy to us that we will honour for all time.”

Ferdinand Alexander Porsche was born in Stuttgart on 11 December 1935, the oldest son of Dorothea and Ferry Porsche. Even his childhood was shaped by cars, and he spent much of his time in the engineering offices and development workshops of his grandfather Ferdinand Porsche. In 1943 the family accompanied the Porsche company’s move to Austria, where he went to school in Zell am See. After returning to Stuttgart in 1950, he attended the private Waldorf school. After leaving school, he enrolled at the prestigious Ulm School of Design.

In 1958, F.A. Porsche, as he was known by his colleagues, joined the engineering office of what was then Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche KG. He soon proved his great talent for design by sculpting the first model of a successor to the 356 model line out of plasticine. In 1962 he took over as head of the Porsche design studio, creating a worldwide furore one year later with the Porsche 901 (or 911). With the Porsche 911, F.A. Porsche created a sports car icon whose timeless and classical form survives to this very day in what is now the seventh 911 generation. However, in addition to passenger cars, F.A. Porsche also concerned himself with designing the sports cars of the 1960s. His best-known designs include the Type 804 Formula One racing car or the Porsche 904 Carrera GTS, now considered to be one of the most beautiful racing cars ever.

In the course of the conversion of Porsche KG into a joint-stock corporation in 1971/72, Ferdinand Alexander Porsche, along with all the other family members, stood down from the company’s front-line business operations. In 1972 he founded the “Porsche Design Studio” in Stuttgart, the head office of which was relocated to Zell am See in Austria in 1974. In the decades that followed, he designed numerous classic gentlemen’s accessories such as watches, spectacles and writing implements that achieved global recognition under the “Porsche Design” brand. In parallel, with his team, he designed a plethora of industrial products, household appliances and consumer durables for internationally renowned clients under the brand “Design by F.A. Porsche”. A strong and clear design concept typifies all product designs created in his design studio to date. The credo of his design work was: “Design must be functional and functionality has to be translated visually into aesthetics, without gags that have to be explained first.” F.A. Porsche: “A coherently designed product requires no adornment; it should be enhanced by its form alone.” The design’s appearance should be readily comprehensible and not detract from the product and its function. His conviction was: “Good design should be honest.”

Ferdinand Alexander Porsche received numerous honours and awards both for his work as a designer as well as for individual designs. For example, in 1968 the “Comité Internationale de Promotion et de Prestige” honoured him for the outstanding aesthetic design of the Porsche 911 while the Industrial Forum Design Hannover (iF) voted him “Prizewinner of the Year” in 1992. In 1999, the President of Austria bestowed on him the title of Professor.

Ferdinand Alexander Porsche retained a close lifelong association with Porsche AG as a partner and member of the Supervisory Board. For example, even after stepping down from front-line business operations, he contributed to the design of Porsche’s sports cars over many decades and repeatedly steered the company in the right di-rection. This was especially the case for the difficult period Porsche experienced at the beginning of the 1990s. From 1990 to 1993, F.A. Porsche served as President of the company’s Supervisory Board, thus playing a major role in Porsche A.G’s eco-nomic turnaround. In 2005, he stood down from his Supervisory Board role in favour of his son Oliver and assumed the mantle of Honorary President of the Supervisory Board.

Ferdinand Alexander Porsche will be buried in the family grave at Schüttgut in Zell am See, attended by his immediate family. An official funeral service will be held in Stuttgart at a later date.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 05, 2012 4:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Sad news. What a legend. worship
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Sad news indeed. Porsche
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 05, 2012 6:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

RIP...really sad news. nooo
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 05, 2012 6:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very sad news Sad
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 05, 2012 6:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sad News. RIP Butzi.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 05, 2012 7:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Talk about leaving a legacy!

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 05, 2012 7:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We will mis him. R.I.P.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 05, 2012 8:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sad Sad News Sad
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 05, 2012 8:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Talk about leaving a legacy!

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Exactly my thoughts when I heard this sad news. Legend.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 05, 2012 11:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So, you arrive at the Pearly Gates (obvs) and He asks the question.

What have you achieved in your lifetime?

I created the Porsche 911

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 05, 2012 11:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The reason I know a few more people in life....

'The' creator...What a car, what a man...

Legend. RIP.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 06, 2012 5:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A great man.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 06, 2012 7:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A legend!

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 06, 2012 7:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rest in peace Butzi, the world would be a duller place without your forever legendary design skills.

(p.s. Mrs. F.A. Porsche, if you're not sure what to do with that tatty old green 993 Speedster and that odd suicide door 928 estate, I'll gladly look after them for you.)
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Designing one of the (if not the) most iconic sports cars ever... what a mark to make on the world. Providing so much joy for so many people from the first time you see one as a young boy to the first time you drive one.

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cambjones wrote:
Designing one of the (if not the) most iconic sports cars ever... what a mark to make on the world. Providing so much joy for so many people from the first time you see one as a young boy to the first time you drive one.

RIP


Great post Cam, from Matchbox to OCD madness and Sainsbury's to Spa, he's been in our lives from the start....
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