1900 Lohner-Porsche entered for London to Brighton Run

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A pioneering – and exceedingly rare – Lohner-Porsche 'Mixte' hybrid electric car has been entered for the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run on 6 November.

The fascinating 111-year-old vehicle, put forward by its Austrian owner, can lay claim to be the world's first electric front-wheel-drive hybrid and was conceived by Ferdinand Porsche while he was working for Vienna coachbuilder Jacob Lohner.

By mounting electric motors in the wheels, Porsche did away with the need for transmission or driveshafts, but battery
technology at the time was too rudimentary for it to work effectively and it included a petrol engine to generate sufficient electricity to drive the wheels and increase range.

To add a twist, the car will be driven by Porsche's grandson Ernst Piech and Andreas Lohner of the coachbuilding family. The Lohner-Porsche will also be on display at the event's Concours d’Elegance staged on the previous day in Regent Street.

Comments

Speedangel

No surprise the first hybrid car is a Porsche, these guys are good and they keep getting better!!! great article James, fascinating that the first ever hybrid car was in fact made 111 years ago!

Golfboy

That story is truly amazing! I didn’t know that Hybrid engines were available 111 years ago! Do you have any over examples of vintage hybrid cars??

fatbat

fascinating ,knew there were electric cars years ago ( Jamais Contente )1899. Did not know there were hybrids,you can learn something new every day.

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