Geneva Motor Show preview: Ferdinand Porsche's 1900 Semper Vivus

The first full-hybrid car
Feb 25, 2011
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One automotive trivia that has escaped almost everyone's attention is that Ferdinand Porsche, founder of the German carmaker that carries his surname to this day, invented the first functional full-hybrid car in the world--in 1900.

During the Geneva International Motor Show, which kicks off next week, Porsche will showcase a recreation of this invention called the Semper Vivus (Latin for 'always alive') that took the Porsche Museum four years to reconstruct.

This very first hybrid Porsche will join on display the carmaker's latest hybrid offering--the Porsche Panamera S Hybrid. Another Porsche hybrid car that will be on display at the show will be the 918 RSR hybrid concept racing car which combines the design of the 918 Spyder concept car with the technology of the 911 GT3 R Hybrid race car.

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