Ferdinand Porsche (3 September 1875 – 30 January 1951) was an automotive engineer and founder of the Porsche car company. He is best known for creating the first gasoline-electric hybrid vehicle (Lohner-Porsche), the Volkswagen Beetle, the Mercedes-Benz SS/SSK, several other important developments and Porsche automobiles. In addition, Porsche designed the 1923 Benz Tropfenwagen, which was the first race car with a mid-engine, rear-wheel drive layout.
Ferdinand Porsche and Hans Stuck at Masaryk Grand Prix in city of Brno, Czchoslovakia in 1934 with the 1934 Auto Union Grand Prix racing cars Type A - In 1932 Auto Union Gmbh was formed, comprising struggling auto manufacturers Audi, DKW, Horch and Wander
The Löhner-Porsche (1900-1901), developed by Dr. Ferdinand Porsche, was the first gasoline-electric hybrid automobile. Its front wheels were driven by electric hub-mounted motors. Its design was studied by Boeing and NASA to create the Apollo program’s Lunar Rover. The series hybrid concept underpins many modern railway locomotives, and interest in series hybrid automobiles is still growing.