ULTIMATE FACTORIES | Inside the House of Porsche 911

by GIANCARLO on April 7, 2010

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Here is an inside look into one of the most amazing industrial facilities on earth.  We at 911Nation have not yet been on the official Zuffenhausen Factory tour, but we have been to Porsche Centre in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen and have seen the impressive sky bridge connecting the Porsche Factory’s automated assembly line, while Stuttgart traffic happily flows below.  We have also been to Porsche’s Leipzig Factory and can attest to the immaculate state of operations where our dear Porsche’s get manufactured.  A definite hallelujah moment!

If you are as curious as us, then hold your breath and delve into the factory process as covered by the NATGEOTV’s episode from Ultimate Factories, which aired late last year and is still running.  Here is a small taste, but tune in to NATGEOTV to catch the full episode:

“Get inside the famous House of Porsche and see how they create the Porsche 911, one of the most influential and recognizable vehicles in the world. Every distinctive element is manufactured at the Zuffenhausen factory in Stuttgart, Germany, a historical industrial monument. We’ll examine the Porsche factory’s innovative system of lifts, elevators and bridges, which conveys car bodies 50 feet above a public highway.”

For those of you who can’t make it out there, here is the next best thing is the Official Porsche Virtual Factory Tour.  And lastly, here are some additional juicy facts from the NATGEOTV Episode.

PORSCHE FACTS

Rolling off the assembly line and taking the world by storm in 1964, the Porsche 911 is now one of the world’s iconic sports cars. From the modest 911 Carerra with a top track speed of 185 mph to the 911 GT3, a street legal racecar that tops out at 194 mph. This Ultimate Factory can offer a color, style, and speed for even the most fastidious driver.

* At least two-thirds of the approximate one million Porsche sports cars built in the last 50 years are still being driven.

* The 911 Turbo was the world’s first production sports car to feature an exhaust turbocharger and a pressure regulator.

* The 911 Porsches have an ignition switch between the steering wheel and the driver’s side door, which allows drivers to switch the engine on and put the car into first gear simultaneously.

* An electric, lithium-ion powered Porsche 911 is being designed by German tuning haus Ruf, which will have a ten-hour charge to power the car for 155 to 200 miles.

* The Panamera, Porsche’s new four-door sedan, is available as an eight-cylinder with the option of either rear-wheel or all-wheel drive. A six-cylinder model and hybrid version of the Panamera will be released in the future.

* Porsche recently released a two-and-half-hour documentary DVD on the company’s history. The film covers the very early days of the Ferdinard Porsche and gives details of the history of the German car maker decade to decade.

* J.D. Power US market research institute awarded Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG first place for the fifth time in a row for brand ranking for automotive performance, execution, and layout.

* Porsche racers have won the Le Mans 24 Hours race 16 times and the Targa Florio and Paris-Dakar race multiple times. The Formula 1 World Championship was won three times using Porsche engines.

* The engineers of Porsche have designed many non-automotive items including Olympic winning bobsleds, off-road electric wheelchairs, barbeques, and hospital beds.

* Volkswagen and Porsche released the VW-Porsche 914 in 1969 and sold it collaboratively. The car’s engine was located in the middle of the vehicle to improve the car’s weight distribution.

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prshfrk April 13, 2010 at 15:05

Awesome!

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Hutter April 13, 2010 at 15:06

Unbelievable company…wonder what there non-automotive factory looks like.

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UAE Cars August 4, 2011 at 16:39

Would so like to visit them sometime :)

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malik rogers August 20, 2012 at 08:43

what is the job where you help produce the new line of cars

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GIANCARLO September 15, 2012 at 06:25

Good question! Thanks for your comment. Here’s what we found from a quick google search:

The auto workers that work in production on the assembly line are commeny referred to as “Automobile assemblers.”

Automobile assemblers make up the largest group of workers in the industry. First, many parts go to subassembly lines, where various units of the cars are built up. Then the chassis start moving on conveyor belts down the final assembly lines. Assembly line workers hoist the major body parts into place. Each assembler does an assigned task by attaching a part of a subassembly as each unit passes by. The final assembly of a car can take as little as ninety minutes. As each car nears the end of the line, workers add the seats, fittings, dashboard controls, wheels, lights, bumpers, and other chrome parts. They fuel the gas tank and drive the car off the assembly line on its own power.

Where to Go for More Information

Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers
1401 I St., NW, Ste. 900
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 326-5500
http://www.autoalliance.org/

Society of Automotive Engineers
400 Commonwealth Dr.
Warrendale, PA 15096-0001
(724) 776-4841
http://www.sae.org/

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