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Date Published: April 5th, 2012
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Ferdinand A. Porsche Dies

The father of the 911, undoubtedly the world's most enduring and evolved sportscar, died today at the age of 76 years.

“Design must be functional and functionality must be translated into visual aesthetics, without any reliance on gimmicks that have to be explained,” he said.

I'm sad to say that Porsche has strayed from this in recent years, but the form-follows-function aesthetic is endearing to the engineers in all of us. I like to say: the fact that Porsche took a tail-happy, unbalanced coupe and through brute force created an amazing line of supercars is a marvel.

by Christopher Heiser on April 5 21:41
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