TU Vienna – Porsche Price

Ferdinand Porsche

Porsche Award of the TU Wien

Stuttgart. Ferdinand Porsche’s birthday was more than 135 years ago.

On September 3, 1875, the versatile designer was born in Maffersdorf (now Vratislavice / Czech Republic) near Reichenberg (now: Liberec) in northern Bohemia. In 1931, he founded a design office in Stuttgart whose wide technical range is somewhat comparable to what Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG Stuttgart offers many clients today. Many of Ferdinand Porsche’s designs became famous worldwide. These included the Lohner-Porsche electric car, the Mercedes SSK, the Auto-Union-Racing-Car, and the Volkswagen Beetle (VW Käfer). Ferdinand Porsche joined the electrical company Bela Egger & Co. in Vienna at 18. His abundant talent and technical understanding took him from worker to head of the test room in just a few years. Pioneering designs shaped Porsche’s career path. In 1897, for example, he designed the wheel hub engine, and in 1898 he moved to the k. und k. Hofwagenfabrik Jacob Lohner & Co. in Vienna. Connoisseurs of automotive history are familiar with the Lohner-Porsche electric car, which caused a great stir at the Paris World’s Fair in 1900. Even then, it was clear how much Porsche paid attention to the aesthetics of the design. The external form also had to harmonize, and the pure technology also had to look appropriate in detail. Shortly after his 75th birthday, Ferdinand Porsche died in Stuttgart on January 30, 1951.

The Porsche Award of the TU Wien is endowed with 50,000 EUR. It is awarded every 2 years to engineers who have distinguished themselves through outstanding achievements in motor vehicle development. The award was endowed in 1976 by Kommerzialrat Louise Piech-Porsche.

Previous awardees

Table of the previous awardees, the companies and their achievment
1977Detlef BanholzerVolkswagenNegative scrub radius
1981Jürgen PaulMercedesABS
Heinz LeiberBoschABS
1983Jörg BensingerAudiQuattro drive
1985Hans MezgerPorscheFormula 1 engine
1987Hansjürgen ScholzMercedesAirbag
Elmar VollmerAudiProcon-ten
1989Heribert LanzerSteyrViscomatic
1991Richard BauderAudiTurbodiesel-Direkt Injection
1993Knut FranzkeBoschTraction control system
Reiner FolkeBoschTraction control system
1995Lennart JohanssonVolvoSide airbag
1997Heinrich TimmAudiAudi-Space-Frame
Albrecht ReimoldAudialuminium chassis
1999Anton van ZantenBoschESP
Armin MüllerDaimlerChryslerESP
2001Harald UngerBMWValvetronic
Manfred KlütingBMWValvetronic
2003Uwe BorchersJohnson Controls18 way seats
2005Wolfgang SteigerVolkswagenSynthetic fuels
Wolfgang WarneckeShellSynthetic fuels
2007Hans-Michael GütherSGL BrakesCarbon-ceramic brake disc
2009Michael KellerContinentalApplication of lithium-ion battery
Herbert KohlerDaimlerApplication of lithium-ion battery
2011Wolfgang HuhnAudiLED light technology
Kamislav FadelAutomotive LightingLED light technology
2013Magnus MackAldenerSCANIAexhaust-gas technology for commercial vehicles
2015Federico SabbioniDUCATIIntegrated airbag jackets for motorcycles
Luigi RoncoDAINESEIntegrated airbag jackets for motorcycles
2017Anke KleinschmittDaimlerDiesel exhaust cleaning
2019Uwe BaakeDaimlerDigital truck-main-mirror
Werner LangMEKRA LangDigital truck-main-mirror
2021Thomas UlbrichVolkswagenModular electrical system