Some Interesting Facts about the Porsche 911
- The Porsche 911 is actually called the "Nine Eleven" and in Germany, it's known as the "Neunelfer."
- Erwin Komenda and Ferdinand "Butzi" Porsche were the lead designers accredited for the icon body design of the Porsche 911.
- Originally, the Porsche 911 was called the Porsche 901 but Peugeot informed Porsche that due to their trademark rights, the "0" between two numbers is theirs.
- Due to its popularity, the Porsche 911 is named as the fifth Car of the Century in 1999, after the Ford Model T, Citroen DS, Mini, and the Volkswagen Beetle.
- For almost 34 years, the Porsche 911's engine was air-cooled and in 1998, Porsche decided to change it to a water-cooled engine. This move was to meet the strict environmental rules, provide excellent fuel economy, and more horsepower.
- Since Porsche won seven race victories at the Targa Florio World Sportscar Championship since 1956, it named its open-top convertible "Targa" (meaning plate in Italian) .
- The Porsche 911 Targa was sold in the United States in 1967. It was designed with a stainless-steel rollbar because Porsche thought that the United States prohibited open-top convertibles during that time.
- In the Disney-Pixar animate movie "Cars", Sally was a 2002 Porsche 911 Carrera. Howard Buck, a Porche employee suggested that Sally's last name should be Carrera, in reference to the car itself.
- The Porsche Carrera was named after Porsche's race victories at the Carrera Panamericana in Mexico during the 1950's.
- Introducing Bosch's K-Jetronic Fuel Injection System, Porsche launched the Carrera RS 3.0 in 1974. Called "Rennsport" in German and "Race Sport" in English, it was designed for racing teams and its RSR Turbo prototype came in second during the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1975.
- A Volkswagen 2.0 engine was fitted on a Porsche 912E, a Porsche 911 Carrera variant produced in 1976 for the U.S market.
- Named "The Secret Weapon of Zuffenhausen", the Porsche 911E had quicker acceleration of up to 100 mph, compared to the 911S.
- The Porsche 911 Turbo was the first production 911 series that came with a turbocharger. It battled head-to-head with the BMW 3.0 CSL "Batmobile" during the Le Mans races in 1976.