> ->Porsche designed the beetle before WWII
> The Tiger tank too, IIRC...
Plus the Kubelwagon, Schwimwagon, Leopard tank, Ferdinand tank, various
motorized gun transports during the war, and more. They are still deeply
involved in the development of the current german military vehicles. Their
development facility at Weissach has a tank trail...
> ->and did all of the engineering
> ->for VW until 1972, and continues as an outside consultant, as it does
> ->to dozens of other automakers. They entered into a USA
> ->importation/marketing/servicing arrangement with VW in the seventies,
> ->as well as sharing some factory capacity and components in the eighties
> Ah yes, the "Porsche" with the Audi engine and ancilliaries, and the VW Bug
> rear axle... Who could forget. I'd say that's a bit closer than merely
> technical consultancy.
Ferdinand Piech has been employed at the top level of VW-AUDI forever.
He's part of the Porsche-Piech family that owns most of Porsche AG
(family worth rumoured at close to a half a billion dollars). This has
had a lot to do with the close ties these two companies have had for so long.
The Audi engine was used in the 924, a car Porsche originally developed
for VW and took over when VW decided not to put it in production.
Same deal with the 914 in 1969.
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