2008 sees the 50th anniversary of the only international rally for sub-500cc cars.
A focus on Porsche
Ferdinand Porsche would become famous for the inventing the Volkswagen Beetle but, after World War Two, his son Ferry joined him in the motoring hall of fame as the man behind the first Porsche sportscars. As they were based on Volkswagens, they had air-cooled, rear-mounted engines, a distinction for which the German marque would become famous among performance manufacturers. The 356 was followed by the iconic 911 in 1964, a long-lived legend among supercars.
Later vehicles, such as the 924, 928 and 944, adopted water-cooled front-mounted engines. Porsche today is one of the most successful of all sportscar manufacturers and also carries out research, development and design work for other companies.