Brands & Numbers: does your heart beat faster when you see a sports car? Then you certainly get that feeling when a Porsche 911 drives past you. There is a history behind every brand – we have three exciting facts for you about our Miles & More Partner Porsche that you are definitely not yet familiar with.
Every order has a number – you have to go all the way back to 1931 (the year the Porsche Construction Office was founded) to understand the beginnings of the Porsche factory’s internal counting methods. In the beginning, the first order with a Porsche type number was for the Type 7: for the construction of a new engine generation – straight six-cylinder engines plus chassis, for Wanderer, a company in Chemnitz. The Porsche Type 22 became the legendary Auto Union Grand Prix racing car. In this way, the numbers climbed order by order. Then on 8 June 1948 came an innovation: for the first time, a car bore the official brand name of Porsche. The Porsche 356. Since then, the vehicles’ model designations have consisted of three digits or specific names (since the 1990s).
The 24 Hours of Le Mans - held for the first time in 1923 in the French department of Sarthe, has been a firm fixture in the Porsche motorsports team calendar for as long as 70 years. Porsche has won 19 overall victories and 108 victories in its class since then. Since 2019 Porsche has been heading towards the future in motorsports with even greater momentum: Porsche joined the emerging Formula E with a new strategy and its own factory team.
Ferdinand Porsche, who later founded the company, had been fascinated by electricity even as a young man. As early as 1893, at the age of eighteen, he installed an electric light system in the family home. The first vehicles he built at the end of the 1890s also ran on electricity - the history of Porsche thus began with electricity. In 1900 the first Lohner-Porsche electric car was exhibited at the World Fair in Paris. It had a 2 x 2.5 hp engine with a top speed of 37 kph. Porsche is continuing to write the history of Porsche E-Performance today with the Taycan and the E-Hybrid models.
Would you also like to sit behind the wheel of a Porsche? If you wish to rent one of the Porsche models for a whole day or a weekend, with Porsche Drive Rental and as a Miles & More member, you will earn 2,000 miles on every rental lasting one day or more.