If you wondered where I disappeared to for most April, May and half of June, I had the privilege of creating 23 new illustrations for Karl Ludvigsen’s most recent update to his seminal book, Porsche: Excellence was Expected offered by Bentley Publishers. While the work was, at times, very intense, it was also a tremendous opportunity for me to gain more insight, first hand, on the development of both Porsche production and racing models from the 1948 Gmünd coupe through the 2020 Taycan.
And a BIG head’s up, Porsche—Excellence Was Expected will be available bu September 3rd of this year but, if you hustle on over to Amazon right now, you can scoop it up a hefty 35% discount. Better hurry though, no telling how long the deal will last!
From the Bentley Publisher’s description:
“Over 40 years ago, Ludvigsen‘s first edition of Porsche: Excellence was Expected was hailed as “the definitive archetypal marque history,” and updates in 2003 and 2008 continued to enhance that reputation. For this final update, the first in over 10 years, Ludvigsen reviewed newly available Porsche archival material, conducted new in-depth interviews, and unearthed many fresh facts that allowed new and sometimes surprising interpretations of many aspects of the Porsche company and its cars.
Now four volumes, 2,834 pages and with nearly 3,000 photos and illustrations, every page of this all new Excellence was Expected has been revised and redesigned.
New for this edition:
- Revised from beginning to end and updated through model year 2020
- New 4th volume (up from 3 volumes)
- 132 chapters (up from 66 chapters)
- Over 1,000 additional pages
- Hundreds of new color photos and illustrations, with nearly 3,000 photos and illustrations total
- 12 new chapters covering 911 (Types 991 and 992), 918 Spyder, 919 Hybrid, Taycan and Porsche company evolution
- 10 new chapters with updated coverage of Boxster, Cayman, Cayenne, Macan, and Panamera
- 32 new Focus chapters highlighting fascinating people and rare Porsche cars through the decades
- All new Porsche model timelines featuring exclusive color illustrations of key Porsche models from 1948-2020
- Updated Competition Victories appendix
Remarkable both for its breadth of coverage and its technical depth, Excellence was Expected covers every road and racing car from the first Gmünd coupe through the development of the 2020 all-electric Taycan.”