Porsche takes Semper Vivus, 111 year old hybrid,to the Geneva Motor Show (VIDEO)
At the Motor Show in Geneva, Porsche will present the world’s first hybrid car developed by Ferdinand Porsche in 1900 with the Austrian firm Hofwagenfabrik Ludwig Lohner & Co.
The 111-year-old hybrid car, called the Semper Vivus (“always alive”), has been recreated by the experts from the museum for four years and is now fully operational. The first hybrid Porsche was equipped with two internal combustion engines, electric motors, as well as feeding it batteries. After the exhibition at the Motor Show in Geneva Semper Vivus will become part of the museum Porsche in Stuttgart.
The Porsche Semper Vivus will make its world debut on the Geneva Motor Show stage along side the Panamera S Hybrid, which it will certainly blow away on the track. In fact, how amazing would it be if that little old hybrid could take on a Toyota Prius on the racetrack?
The big star of the Porsche show will be the Panamera S Hybrid, which like the Cayenne S Hybrid, will feature a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 with an electric motor. In total, the setup will churn out 380 horsepower.
The Earth will hug the Porsche Panamera S Hybrid as it goes by, only releasing around 159 g/km of CO2 along the way. This is, without a doubt, the most efficient Porsche of all time.
The name Porsche has been associated with pioneering innovations in automotive engineering since the beginning of the last century. In 1900 Ferdinand Porsche, founding father of the present-day Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, Stuttgart, entered unchartered territory. With the first functional, full-hybrid car in the world, the ‘Semper Vivus’ (‘always alive’), the principle of the serial hybrid drive had been born. In a stunning four year project the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart had the Semper Vivus recreated. 111 years after this ground breaking innovation by Ferdinand Porsche the Semper Vivus will again drive into the limelight at the Geneva Motor Show 2011 followed by future appearances as part of the Porsche Museum collection in Stuttgart.