The Butzi Squared Manifesto

This site is about fun. But a very specific sort of fun. Namely the one that you can have in a classic Porsche 911 while you drive it. Not while you stand back and look at it in some dreary museum.

 

The Porsche 911 was designed as a no-nonsense sports car that could be driven on a daily basis. It was built to put a smile on your face day after day. Everything in a Porsche 911 is there for a reason. It was built with the best technology available at the time.

 

There are basically two things you can do with a classic Porsche 911 in the 21st century. You can painstakingly ensure that it is as pristine as the day it left the factory. Or you can continue to improve it in the spirit of its designer, FA Butzi Porsche.

 

Porsche 911s are there to be used. To be driven and to be improved in order to be even more fun. This site is here to celebrate the modified, the hot-rodded, the Butzi squared Porsche 911s.

 

Ferdinand Alexander ‘Butzi’ Porsche

Meet Ferdinand Alexander ‘Butzi’ Porsche. You may not know him. But you do know an instantly recognizable line that is as familiar as the Coke bottle: The Porsche 911. He drew it.

 

The Porsche 911 is one of the most iconic car designs ever made. Even in its sixth incarnation, the Porsche 991, it remains an unmistakeable shape. But it almost never came to be.

 

Because when young Ferdinand Alexander Porsche went to study at Ulm’s Hochschule für Gestaltung the examination board dismissed him; saying that he had no discernable talent.

 

Thankfully he was undeterred. So in 1958 he joined the family business. Here he quickly became involved in Porsche’s make-or-break project: The successor to Porsche’s very successful Porsche 356. This car would become the Porsche 911 we all know.

 

Now, Porsche legend has it, that FA ‘Butzi’ Porsche pretty much designed it singlehandedly. That is very far from the truth. The steeply falling bonnet set between pronounced wings and the curve of the roof sweeping in a single stroke all the way to the rear bumper pointed back in time to earlier Porsche cars designed by Erwin Komenda.

Erwin Komenda, Ferry Porsche and Ferdinand Porsche

Erwin Komenda, Ferry Porsche, Ferdinand Porsche and a Porsche Speedster.

 

But Butzi Porsche brought something new to the table: A drive towards a crispness of details and an insistence of function over form. There is nothing superfluous in a Porsche 911. Every little bit and piece is there for a reason.

 

That site is here to celebrate the spirit of Ferdinand Alexander ‘Butzi’ Porsche and his team. The wizards who gave us what is arguably the best everyday sports car ever designed.

 

Oh … and if you wonder what the heck ‘Butzi’ means, it is simply a nick name for ‘Dear’. And that is of course why every Porsche 911 is a Butzi Porsche 911.

Porsche 911 evolution

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