Ferdinand Porsche was an automotive engineer and founder of the Porsche car company. In 1898, Porsche joined the Vienna-based factory Jakob Lohner & Company. In 1906, Austro-Daimler recruited Porsche as their chief designer. In 1923, Porsche was given new job as Daimler Motoren Gesellschaft's Technical Director in Stuttgart, Germany. In 1926, Daimler Motoren Gesellschaft and Benz & C. merged into Daimler-Benz, with their joint products beginning to be called Mercedes-Benz. However, Porsche's ideas for a small, light-weight Mercedes-Benz car was not popular with Daimler-Benz's board. He left in 1929 for Steyr Automobile. In April 1931 Porsche returned to Stuttgart and founded his consulting firm Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche GmbH, Konstruktionen und Beratung fur Motoren und Fahrzeugbau (designs and consulting services for engines and vehicles). In June 1934 Porsche received a contract from Hitler to design a "people's car" (or Volkswagen). He is best known for creating the first gasoline-electric hybrid vehicle (Lohner-Porsche), the Volkswagen Beetle, the Mercedes-Benz SS/SSK, several other important developments and Porsche automobiles. In addition, Porsche designed the 1923 Benz Tropfenwagen, which was the first racing car with a mid-engine, rear-wheel drive layout.



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