Porsche: Excellence Was Expected explores the history of the Porsche company, its cars, and its motor racing heritage from its beginning in 1948 through its sixty years as an independent car company to its continued success under the auspices of the Volkswagen Group. Karl Ludvigsen goes behind the scenes to explore the events that eventually plunged Porsche into the hands of Volkswagen. And he outlines in detail how and why, after the final schism from the Porsche/Piech dynasty in 2012, Porsche has continued to be Porsche. New material for the 2019 edition includes the continuing evolution of the iconic Porsche 911. He also looks at the market success of the Cayenne, Cayman, Macan and Panamera. Competition coverage is expanded to include the exotic 918 hybrid and the winning 919 Hybrid LMP1 racer. A final chapter on Porsches high-performance, all-electric Taycan production car points the way to the iconic sports-car makers future.
Author Karl Ludvigsen is among todays most respected automotive historians. He has served as technical editor of Auto Age and Sports Cars Illustrated magazines, as east coast editor of Motor Trend and as editor of Car and Driver. He is the author, co-author or editor of over four dozen books about cars and the motor industry and was awarded the Friend of Automotive History award by the Society of Automotive Historian