Porsche’s passion for driving excitement is matched only with PPG’s passion for colour and coatings performance, creating an ideal partnership. Porsche AG has approved PPG’s paint products for use on Porsche vehicles in the refinish market and since 2014, PPG has been the paint supplier of choice to Porsche SA. The approval includes PPG’s advanced Envirobase® High Performance waterborne system which has proven extremely popular with prestige collision repairers, thanks to its superb colour accuracy and metallic control, as well as exceptional speed, efficiency and ease of use. For Porsche’s vintage repairs, PPG also has a dedicated repair process. Due to PPG’s outstanding product attributes, it is not hard to see why Porsche is confident to use the PPG product lines. PPG advanced technologies meet the most stringent of OEM standards and their ability to effectively deliver technical expertise at local level, strengthens their choice as the preferred paint supplier.
Celebrating the 70th anniversary, Porsche South Africa staged a customer event at the Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit and International Convention Centre back in June. Over 4 500 customers and 1 500 Porsche cars were entertained with live music and a variety of food stalls. Amongst various vehicle displays, a highlight was the 356 Number 1 replica, on loan from the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart. This 356 was painstakingly produced in every detail, especially for the 70th anniversary.
A dedicated section was allocated to Porsche’s Bodyshop Division. Shell bodies for a Porsche 911 and Porsche Panamera were displayed, with the different body panels colour coded, indicating the different structured metals used for each model. The metals include aluminium, deep drawn steel, magnesium, extruded aluminium, cast aluminium, high strength steel, ultra-high strength steel and super high strength steel. The PPG team also explained the different paint repair processes and coatings used, with Porsche owners appreciating the waterborne repair option.
For the past 70 years, the Porsche brand has been synonymous with sports car construction at the very highest level. The first vehicle to bear the Porsche name was registered on June 8, 1948: It was the 356 “No.1” Roadster. This is the day on which the Porsche brand was born. The Type 356 turned Ferry Porsche’s dream of a sports car into a reality.
The history of the Porsche brand begins in 1948. Yet the foundation of the sports car manufacturer is built upon the life’s work of Professor Ferdinand Porsche – work which his son Ferry then continued. Ferdinand Porsche had already designed pioneering innovations for the automotive industry as early as the start of the last century. In 1900, he built an electric car with a wheel hub drive known as the Lohner-Porsche, a vehicle on which he would then base the world’s first all-wheel-drive passenger car. In the same year, he created a template for hybrid vehicles with the development of a mixed petrol-electric powertrain. In 1931, Ferdinand Porsche founded his own engineering office. The “Berlin-Rome Car” showcased in 1939 was the beginning of his idea for a sports car bearing the Porsche name, although this dream was only realised by his son Ferry in 1948 with the Type 356.
The successor model to the 356, the Porsche 911 designed by Ferry Porsche’s son Ferdinand Alexander, finally gave the company its breakthrough as one of the leading manufacturers of sports cars in the world, both from a technical and a design perspective. The Porsche 911, presented to the global public for the first time in 1963, has now been built over a million times.
The future of Porsche sports cars is already approaching the starting line in the form of the Taycan, the first purely electrically driven technology champion from Zuffenhausen. This concept vehicle combines the distinctive emotional design of a Porsche, exceptional driving performance and forward-thinking everyday functionality. The four-door model with four individual seats delivers a system performance of over 440 kW (600 hp) and a range of more than 500 km, acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in less than 3.5 seconds and a charging time of around 15 minutes for 80% of the electrical energy required. Porsche has invested around one billion euro in this futuristic project, creating more than 1 200 additional jobs just at the headquarters in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen, where the Taycan will be built.
PPG is excited to be part of the Porsche history and together with Porsche South Africa look forward to the future and the thrilling next chapter.