Archive for April, 2012

Driven Magazine takes a behind-the-scenes tour of Pagani

Saturday, April 28th, 2012

A big part of what drives Beyond the KM is the desire to better understand the companies that produce the finest cars in the world. Driven has taken a first-hand tour of the Pagani facility, which includes some great interview footage with Horatio Pagani, the founder.

FACT: A square meter of carbon fiber fabric is $300 or so. Now you know why some of these cars sell for $2million!

In Memoriam of Dr. FA Porsche

Friday, April 27th, 2012

in memoriam: FA Porsche

Ferdinand Alexander Porsche dies

Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, Stuttgart, is mourning Professor Ferdinand Alexander Porsche. The Honorary President of the Supervisory Board died on 5 April 2012 in Salzburg, aged 76. Matthias Müller, President and Chief Executive Officer of Porsche AG, paid tribute to Ferdinand Alexander Porsche’s services to the sports car manufacturer: “We mourn the death of our partner, Ferdinand Alexander Porsche. As the creator of the Porsche 911, he established a design culture in our company that has shaped our sports cars to this very day. His philosophy of good design is a legacy to us that we will honour for all time.”


Porsche does “Take your daughter to the plant day”

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

Thursday April 26, 2012 is “Take your daughter to work day in the USA”, and that usually entails making your daughter (or son in the USA) to the office to nag you every 15 minutes, but in Germany it means something a bit different. As an initiative that is government-sponsored, companies tend to take a more nurturing approach to the “holiday”. At Porsche this can involve a line worker teaching their daughter how to assemble turbo-charged engine, or adhere a Porsche badge to the bonnet. I’m guessing there is still some quality control though!

US Take Your Daughter to Work Day web site

From Porsche:
Stuttgart. Changing brake pads, painting vehicles, assembling engines – can girls make cars? At tomorrow’s nationwide Girls’ Day, secondary (modern) and grammar school girls will have the opportunity to get a taste of occupations that are typically a man’s domain. For more than ten years, Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, Stuttgart, has been a partner in the “Girls’ Day” initiative, offering round about 70 girls a fascinating insight into vehicle development and production in Porsche’s training centres in Zuffenhausen, Weissach, Leipzig (VDI GaraGE) and at Porsche Engineering Services GmbH.

“The focus is on absolutely down-to-earth car-related work. We want to alert the girls to a wide range of occupations, arouse their interest in technical trades and of course fire their enthusiasm for the Porsche brand,” says Thomas Edig, Debuty Chairman of the Executive Board and Member of the Executive Board of Human Resources of
Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG: “While the proportion of female Porsche employees in industrial and technical occupations has increased slightly in recent years, we have to make an even greater effort for equality of opportunity between women and men.”

Airbrush instead of art lessons: guided by Porsche trainees, foremen and engineers, tomorrow at the Porsche Girls’ Day, the schoolgirls will be working in small groups in the vehicle painting, electronics and mechatronics areas, will be disassembling real combustion engines, finding out about CAD designs or developing car seats. At the Leipzig site, a guided tour through the production hall and customer centre has been laid on. At the end of the day, the important question for all those taking part is: how do I land a training place at Porsche?
“To work for Porsche is what many youngsters dream about. Anyone who can offer commitment, shows interest and has good grades at school has every chance – be they a boy or a girl. Because occupations are gender neutral,” explains Thomas Edig.

The Girls’ Day is a joint initiative by the Federal Ministry of Family Affairs, the Federal Education Ministry, the European Social Fund and the European Union and was set up in 2001.