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Porsche: Excellence Was Expected

Updated 2019 Edition Coming
This Summer

by Karl Ludvigsen

Hardcover, 9 in. x 10 1/2 in.
4 Volume Set with over 2,500 pages
Full Color Throughout
ISBN-13: 978-0-8376-1769-5
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Karl Ludvigsen has been working closely with Bentley Publishers on a fully revised and updated edition of his award-winning Porsche history

New material for this edition includes:

  • Revised and updated from beginning to end
  • Now four volumes printed full-color throughout
  • Updated coverage of Boxster, Cayman, Cayenne and Panamera
  • New chapters covering Type 991, Macan, 918 Spyder, 919 Hybrid, Mission E/Taycan, and Porsche company evolution
  • 32 new Focus chapters highlighting rare Porsches through the decades
  • Competition success for 991 GT racers and LMP1 919 Hybrid
  • Updated Competition Victories appendix

Knowing this will be his final update to Porsche: Excellence Was Expected, Ludvigsen has not been content to simply add on a few new chapters to the end of his magnum opus. Instead, he has gone back to the very beginning to revise the entire book, which now tops out at over a million words and 2,400 photos and illustrations! By his own account, "I knew some passages were not correct. More importantly, I wanted to leave Excellence in the best possible condition with all my later knowledge and that of others included and interpreted." To that end, Ludvigsen worked closely with the Porsche Archives as well as researching the many fresh interviews and recent memoirs that shed new light on the company and its products.

This new edition will cover the full scope of Porsche's existence as an independent, family-owned car company. Ludvigsen will also go behind the scenes to explore the events that eventually plunged Porsche into the hands of Volkswagen. And he'll outline in detail just how and why, after the final schism from the Porsche/Piech dynasty in 2012, Porsche has continued to be Porsche.

In this first revision since 2008, Ludvigsen has transformed his monumental work which now tops out at 130 chapters across 4 volumes. Taking full advantage of Bentley Publishers' plans to print the 2019 edition full-color throughout, he has added hundreds of new color photographs and diagrams spanning over a century of Porsche history.

Ludvigsen's new material includes the continuing evolution of the iconic 911, allocating five chapters to dissecting the design and engineering of the Type 991 production cars and GT racers. He also looks at the continuing market success of the Cayenne, Cayman, Macan and Panamera. Competition coverage is expanded to include the exotic 918 hybrid and the winning 919 LMP1 racer.

Click here to view a selection of excerpts from
the 2008 edition of
Porsche: Excellence Was Expected

Porsche: Excellence Was Expected remains "the definitive archetypal marque history," (Michael Scarlett, Autocar) that it was in its first edition. Karl Ludvigsen continues to set the bar high for automotive historians, just as the company he chronicles continues to shape our very definition of the term "sports car."

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The successes of the rear-engined Auto Union (here in the 1935 Coppa Acerbo) brought worldwide fame to the still-new Porsche design organization.
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At the Watkins Glen Six Hours, 1970, a Carrera 6 (Bartling/ Peterman/Ranier) leads the third-place finisher, a Ferrari 512S (Andretti/Giunti). Victory went to two Porsche 917's.
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Porsche brazenly broke free of its sport-car niche with the launch of its Leipzig-built Cayenne in 2002. In this sport-utility developed in cooperation with Volkswagen, the emphasis was on "sport."
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At Sebring in January of 2008 the Penske team's RS Spyder strutted its stuff in the ALMS practice session, showing that despite a weight penalty it still had the credentials to lead the field.
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1988 Type 911 Carrera.

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Winner of the IAMA Best of 2004 Award and the
2004 IAMA Best of Books Award

Porsche: Excellence Was Expected
Porsche: Excellence Was Expected
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Karl Ludvigsen
Karl Ludvigsen

In addition to his motor industry activities as an executive (with GM, Fiat and Ford) and head of a consulting company, Karl Ludvigsen has been active for over 50 years as an author and historian. As an author, co-author or editor he has some four dozen books to his credit. Needless to say, they are all about cars and the motor industry, Karl's life-long passion.

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