"I couldn't find the sports car of my dreams, so I built it myself"

- Ferdinand Porsche

Porsche 114 Facts

Manufacturer Porsche
Production Never Produced
Predecessor 64
Successor 356
Class Sports car
Body style(s) Coupé
Layout Mid Engine
Engine(s) 1493 cc V10
Wheelbase n/a
Length n/a
Width n/a
Height n/a
Curb weight n/a
Designer Karl Fröhlich

 

 

The Porsche Type 114 (the F-Wagen) never came to be, but it lived on in a number of Porsche cars. After World War II Ferry Porsche began to build sports cars based on the VW, and eventually began production of the Porsche 356 which in concept was identical to the Type 64. Also aerodynamic research for the 114 led to a series of bodies produced by Porsche for racing and land speed record cars, such as the Type 60K10, a highly modified VW Beetle. While the type 114 was in the end little more than a design study it had a large impact on the future course of Porsche and the cars that would make the company a dominant force in the automotive world.


 

 

 

History

After designing the Volkswagen for the German government's KDF program Ferdinand Porsche considered building a sports car version of the VW. Internally known as the Porsche Type 64 this car would feature an aluminium streamlined body, a 1.5L version of the Volkswagen's original 1.0L engine, and a top speed of at least 160km/h (90mph). Originally the car was to use a large number of VW parts, but due to the intricacies of then German law it was not legal to sell government made parts to a private company.

114 Engine side v10By 1938 Ferdinand had given up trying to arrange for a supply of VWparts for the Type 64. Ferdinand and his son Ferry Porsche decided to redesign the car from the ground up to be built internally by Porsche.This would have been the first car actually built by Porsche themselves. Known as the Type 114, or F-Wagen, a sort of portmanteau of Ferry and P-Wagen, it was a significant departure from the Type 64. Although it never reached the prototype stage the design drawings were all but completed and included a novel water cooled 72° V10 engine (shown left and right) in a true mid engine layout, as opposed to the VW's rear engine layout. Suspension was by trailing arms in front and swing axles in the rear, with drum brakes at all four corners. The body was aluminum and resembled a lower, stretched, and streamlined VW. Porsche had hopes of producing this car, but international tensions and a poor economy lead to its cancellation. Porsche did manage to salvage part of its investment by selling the transaxle design to Volkswagen (shown below).

114 5 speed transaxle

 

 

Motorsport

The 114 never made it to production. The designs that were produced byu the project can be seen in later models. Below are some conceptual drawings from the Porsche Archives.

114 Body Drawing 114 Body Drawing

 

The mid engine layout was later used in several racing cars including the 906 and 917. Below are conceptual drawing of the V10 as it would have been if the 114 was produced.

114 Engine and Chassis 114 Engine and Chassis

 

 

References

Porsche Archives

 

 

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