1930s / Editorial / German / Porsche / Volkswagen

Porsche Designs: Project 12 to Type 32

Project 12 had been an ongoing endeavor at the new Porsche company nearly from the start, although there was no commission for it. Ferdinand Porsche had already drafted his own criteria for how the vehicle should be designed, with an emphasis on affordability (including ease of manufacture), efficiency, and practicality. These considerations led Porsche to … Continue reading

1960s / 1970s / 1980s / 1990s / Editorial / English / Fiat / German / Italian / Japanese / Lancia / Lotus / Porsche / Toyota

Moderately Priced Mid-Engined Cars

Automotive manufacturers have understood the advantages of placing a car’s engine in the middle (or, behind the driver and ahead of the rear wheels) for some time. By placing the engine there, the weight balance of the car can be made much more even over the front and rear axles. This allows (in most cases) … Continue reading