Porsche Goes Back To Its Hybrid Roots

Edward Niedermeyer
by Edward Niedermeyer

According to Porsche [via PistonHeads]

In 1900, Ferdinand Porsche, founding father of the present-day Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, Stuttgart, entered unchartered territory. With the first functional, full hybrid car in the world, the Semper Vivus (‘always alive’). the principle of the serial hybrid drive had been born.

In a stunning four year project the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart has had the Semper Vivus recreated. Next week, 111 years after this ground breaking innovation by Ferdinand Porsche, the Semper Vivus will again drive into the limelight at the Geneva Motor Show 2011 followed by future appearances as part of the Porsche Museum collection in Stuttgart.

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  • Marc Marc on Feb 24, 2011

    I think Paice should sue Porsche.

  • Darkhorse Darkhorse on Feb 25, 2011

    I think Ferry intended this car to be driven only in reverse since he only designed rear engined cars. And the electric motors are air cooled! You can clearly see the direct line of evolution to the 356 and the Cayenne. huh?