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    Ferdinand Piech tribute with road-going Porsche 917 ...

    Yesterday, long-time Volkswagen chairman Ferdinand Piech passed away at the age of 82. A gifted engineer, he was the grandson of Ferdinand Porsche and worked for Porsche, Audi and then Volkswagen, where he helped expand the company to the size that it is today. Although very successful, he was also ruthless in his pursuit for success. One of the best examples of his singular mindset must be the Porsche 909 Bergspyder. Piech demanded it be as light as possible, so it was fitted with featherweight Beryllium disc brakes that produced carcinogenic dust and Piech reputedly went over the entire car with a magnet to ensure not a single steel nut, washer or bolt was used.
    His biggest claim to fame during this spell at Porsche was undoubtedly the 917 that would finally bring the much desired Le Mans to the Stuttgart based company. As a tribute to Ferdinand Piech, we have today taken a look at one of the finest examples of the 917; chassis 917-030. This was one of the very last built and was loaned to the Martini team for Helmut Marko and Gerard Larousse at the Osterreichring in 1971. It was then sold to Count Rossi of Martini & Rossi fame. He had the car fitted with a complete interior and it was actually registered for road use during the late 1970s. Owned by the family for over four decades, the 917 K was recently sold to a French enthusiast for what was reported to be the highest price ever paid for a 917. This year, the new owner brought the car to Chantilly and Goodwood. On both occasions, the 50th anniversary of the 917 was celebrated.

    Enjoy the links:

    1971 Porsche 917 K - Chassis 917-030 - Ultimatecarpage.com

    1968 Porsche 909 Bergspyder - Images, Specifications and Information
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    Well at least he gave us some interesting cars to gorge on.

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    Seriously, I think the Porsche Carrera GT and the 917 are his crowning achievements. Not to mention the Buggati Veyron, which were just engineering exercises.

    What he did with the Audi Le Mans program was nothing short of extraordinary, and although it's hard to separate him from the VW Diesel scandal, I think overall he was a huge figure in the German automobile industry.

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    I also find quite interesting the Phaeton and the XL1.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ferrer View Post
    I also find quite interesting the Phaeton and the XL1.
    The Phaeton was absolutely unnecessary but also super cool. The V10 diesel Toureg and the Audi R8 were also really nice.

    Not to mention VW scooped up Ducati and Lamborghini, potentially averting a disaster had Lamborghini stayed with Chrysler

    Can't say reliability and electronics were a strong suit of VAG cars, but they built damn cool ones.

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