Ferdinand Porsche was an Austrian engineer and automotive designer who is credited with creating the first hybrid vehicle and the first all-wheel drive car. He founded the company that bears his name, Porsche AG, in 1931 in Stuttgart, Germany. The company initially focused on consulting and design work, and its first major project was the development of the “Volkswagen Beetle” for the German government.

In 1948, Porsche introduced its first sports car, the 356, which was powered by a mid-engine, air-cooled four-cylinder engine. The 356 became a popular racing car and established Porsche’s reputation for building high-performance vehicles.

In the 1950s and 1960s, Porsche introduced a series of successful sports cars, including the 550 Spyder, the 911, and the 912. The 911, which debuted in 1964, has become Porsche’s most iconic and enduring model. It features a rear-mounted, air-cooled six-cylinder engine and has undergone numerous updates and evolutions over the years.

In the 1970s, Porsche expanded its range to include luxury sedans and SUVs, and it has continued to develop and produce a wide range of vehicles, including electric and hybrid models. Today, Porsche AG is a subsidiary of the Volkswagen Group and is known for its high-performance sports cars and SUVs.