Porsche show us their first ever model

posted on Feb 28 2014 by Jade Hensby

Porsche show us their first ever model

The first car that the luxury automobile maker ever made has been unveiled recently, a roofless electric car created in 1898.

It was made 116 years ago and was called the Egger-Lohner electric vehicle C.2 phaeton Model (P1). It was designed by Ferdinand Porsch who also founded the famous company. The design was based around an “octagonal electric motor” and was powered by electric batteries and shock absorbers at the rear.

Driving the P1 was probably difficult to say the least. With a 12 speed controller which had six forward gears, two reverse gears and four gears just to brake the car. It could reach a maximum speed of 21 mph and travelled up to 49 miles on a single charge. There was an alternating vehicle body which meant the vehicle could be used in both the winter and summer periods.

The public can view the P1 for free of charge as part of the celebrations to mark the 5th anniversary of the Porsche museum, in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen Germany.