Porsche's World-Famous Museum Gets Stunning Upgrade

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Ferdinand Porsche was a big fan of EVs and hybrids.

The Porsche Museum in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen is as much a bucket list item as a lap around the Nurburgring. Part of its attraction is that it's rarely the same. We've been lucky enough to visit it twice, and every time we encounter something new and exciting.

This week Porsche announced that it made more changes to its famous museum. These changes are a bit more significant than removing a few of the cars and replacing them with others kept in Porsche's secret bunker.

The latest additions celebrate Porsche's contribution to the electric car segment, which spans back much further than most people think. The very first Porsche was an EV. Take that, Porsche 911 fanboys.

In all seriousness, the museum now celebrates more than road cars, racing cars, and internal combustion engines.

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You enter the museum via a lobby, which Porsche calls a "prologue." An escalator takes you up to the top floor, and that's where you start the trip back into Porsche history.

"After more than a year of research, planning, and implementation, we're delighted to be able to present our new, overhauled prologue. We have installed many new interactive touchpoints, and more than 20 stations, three functional models, and numerous never-before-seen exhibits now await our visitors," says Achim Stejskal, Head of Porsche Heritage and Museum.

The first car that greets you is electric, but it's not the Taycan. It's the oldest surviving vehicle Ferdinand Porsche worked on. The 123-year-old Egger-Lohner C.2 from 1898 had front-axle steering and an octagonal electric motor mounted in the rear. Sounds just like a 911.

From there, you take the journey from Ferdinand to Ferry Porsche and the 356 No 1 Roadster, which was the first car to carry the Porsche name.

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What may come as a surprise is that Ferdinand did not stop at electric vehicles. Following his work on the Egger-Lohner C.2, he designed wheel hub motors and the world's first full-hybrid vehicle.

"One of the milestones in the company's history is hybridization and the fact that Ferdinand Porsche began with electric motors rather than combustion engines. The wheel hub motor is an exciting exhibit. It was innovative because it made the motor steerable," explains curator Iris Haker.

The Lohner-Porsche used two generators mated to gas engines, which supplied power to the batteries, which powered Porsche's wheel hub motors.

The main aim of the new museum setup is to create awareness around the deeper history of the company. For many people, it begins with the 911, but, as you can see above, it goes much further back than that.

"We have succeeded in enriching the exhibition and splitting it into logical sections so that our visitors can discover something new, even if it's their fifth visit," concludes Haker.

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