Porsche Museum and More
Zuffenhausen is a northern suburb of Stuttgart. It is where the Porsche Museum is located. If you happen to be taking your Easter vacation in Germany next week, you might want to take the opportunity to visit the Porsche Museum, not only because it has Porsche vehicles going back to the “Sascha” for Austro-Daimler, a 45-hp racer that won its class in the 1922 Targa Florio
but because it is one of the coolest buildings you’re likely to see:
The building was designed by Delugan Meissl Associated Architects, a Viennese firm that won an architectural competition for the museum design in 2005. The museum was opened in 2009.
Through May 26 there is a special exhibit, “Built in Zuffenhausen,” focused on the design and construction of the museum, including many of the plans and models that were part of the building as it exists, and the building as it might have been.
It also includes fun facts, such as that it took more steel to build the structure—35,000 tons—than were used to build the Eiffel Tower.
While on the subject of Porsche, which we’ve mentioned is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Porsche 911, it is interesting to note that last week the firm’s Executive Board and General Works Council announced that the company’s 13,500 employees in Germany are going to receive a bonus of up to €8,111 because of the stellar performance of the company.
As Uwe Hück, chairman of the General Works Council, put it, “Our colleagues have once again demonstrated full commitment to their work over the past year. They worked more and harder for the benefit of the company—even on many Saturdays. So, they and their families have truly earned this ‘turbo-intergalactic’ special payment.”
No word from Cybertron.
Remember those Saturn commercials showing shopping carts bouncing harmlessly off of plastic body panels? Good idea, right? But apparently the approach never really caught on. Now the question is: will it ever?
While Ford has reset the stakes in the light-duty pickup market with the aluminum-intensive F-150, that’s not the whole story of what they’ve done to this new generation of America’s best-selling vehicle.
Generally, when OEMs produce aluminum engine blocks (aluminum rather than cast iron because cast iron weighs like cast iron), they insert sleeves into the piston bores—cast iron sleeves.