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Porsche 911 : engine history & development
Aichele, Tobias.
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Publication Information:
Osceola, WI : MBI Pub., 1999.

Physical Description:
205 pages : color illustrations; 25 x 30 cm
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TL215.P75 A544 1997 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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This history dissects the evolution of Porsche's 911 engine, from its earliest stages of development to its unveiling at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 1963 and the introduction in 1997 of the 996 variant. In addition to stock powerplants, there is also coverage of race editions and the significant tweaks that Porsche implemented over the course of four decades.

Author Notes

Tobias Aichele, born in 1960, began his publishing career with Motor Presse Stuttgart. While at Motor Presse, Aichele published Alles uber Porsche 911 (All About the Porsche 911) and Alles uber Porsche (All About Porsche). Later hired as director of Porsche's domestic press department, he published Porsche 911--Forever Young. Soon after, he released Mythos Porsche, the photography from which inspired his "Forever Young Collection" of postcards and posters. He gained his practical 911 experience through the total restoration of an early-production 1965 911 that has since been on display in the Porsche museum. He is currently restoring one of the earliest "soft-window" Targas.

Table of Contents

Wolfgang Peters
Foreword: Great Potentialp. 6
Introduction: Art and Air Coolingp. 7
Personal recollections of the air-cooled boxer engine: Of Bygone Joys and a Ringing in the Earsp. 10
Origins: The four-cylinder boxer engine: Necessity as the Mother of Traditionp. 14
Engine development: A Concept Retainedp. 20
The 911 prototypes and their engines: Making Historyp. 30
The construction of the air-cooled six-cylinder boxer engine: Validating the Visionp. 38
MTZ Special Issue (1965): The 911 Enginep. 42
The normally aspirated, air-cooled, six-cylinder boxer engines through the years: The First 10 Yearsp. 48
The 911 Carrera RS 2.7: Setting new benchmarks: Star Athletep. 57
The Second Decadep. 60
The Third Decadep. 66
The Final Yearsp. 73
Engineering for environmental responsibility: Ecologyp. 81
Two decades of six-cylinder turbo engines: Kraftwerkp. 86
Porsche 959: High tech for the road: Power Playp. 100
The 911 engine in motorsports: A Study in Evolutionp. 108
The Porsche acoustics department: Nothing by Chancep. 120
The six-cylinder boxer engine: Not just for cars: Airborne Adventuresp. 126
The new generation: Water instead of Airp. 130
Reflections of the times: 911 by the Numbersp. 138