The History of the Porsche 911’s Design
Since its debut to this very day, the design of the Porsche 911 has been unmistakable. Four chief designers have left their mark on the 911 over the course of its 50-year existence and each one of them made a vital contribution to the evolution of this sports car icon.
Ferdinand Alexander Porsche
The first and most legendary designer, Ferdinand Alexander Porsche created the 901, which laid the groundwork for the success of the 911. He was the eldest son of the company’s founder, Ferry Porsche, and was a designer for the brand from 1962-on.
Ferdinand Alexander Porsche’s predecessor, Anatole Lapine, worked on the successor of the model of the original 911—the G Series. He is responsible for designing the bellows and impact absorbing surfaces for the American version. Under his influence, the Porsche 911 changed, featuring fewer chrome ornaments, matte black window frames and door handles, and a rear spoiler framed by jet black rubber.
In 1989, Harm Lagaay took over the position of chief designer. He had already worked on the 911 with Lapine from 1971 to 1977. Lagaay lent his personal touch to the 911 model ranges 993, 996, and 997, as well as the Boxster, Cayman, and Cayenne.
Michael Mauer has been the head of the design department since the end of 2004.
“Designing a new 911 Carrera means to work on the identity, the very core of the Porsche brand. As car designers, we move between the poles of tradition and modernism. It is our responsibility to carry forward the Porsche success story by showing respect for its history but also pressing ahead with the development of future themes. Porsche has been doing it very successfully with the 911 for more than 50 years,” said Mauer.
Now in its seventh generation, the vehicle is still recognizable as a 911. Available now at Porsche Riverside, the 2016 Porsche 911 offers improved performance using less fuel with increased efficiency, reduced emissions, and reduced mass. Nearly 90 percent of the 2016 911’s components are new or redesigned compared to previous generations.
To learn more about the 2016 Porsche 911, contact Porsche Riverside.