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Old 11-15-2010, 07:20 PM
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Default The first 4x4 ?

One of the first, if not the first, 4x4 was made by Ferdinand Porsche.
What was it's name and what was 'unique' about it?
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Ah. He was a contributer to the nazi's
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System Lohner-Porsche, powered by electric motors.
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close... Lohner is the carriage builder that porsche teamed up with to build it.
The name is La Toujours-Contente and was a true hybrid that had a gasoline engine running a generator powering lead batteries that powered 4 seperate electric motors, one for each wheel and was a flop because of weight.
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Their first design, unveiled in 1898, was the "System Lohner-Porsche", a carriage-like car driven by two electric motors, directly fitted within the front wheel hubs, and powered by batteries. This drive train construction was easily expanded to four-wheel drive, by simply mounting two more electric motors to the rear wheels as well, and indeed such a specimen was ordered by the Englishman E. W. Hart in 1900.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ferdinand_Porsche

I find nothing by the name you posted, but it has the same picture for both.
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Old 11-17-2010, 01:34 PM
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Hmmm is this how things are taken out of context/misquoted...?
You have to keep reading:

Their first design, unveiled in 1898, was the "System Lohner-Porsche", a carriage-like car driven by two electric motors, directly fitted within the front wheel hubs, and powered by batteries. This drive train construction was easily expanded to four-wheel drive, by simply mounting two more electric motors to the rear wheels as well, and indeed such a specimen was ordered by the Englishman E. W. Hart in 1900. In December that year, the car was presented at the Paris World Exhibition under the name Toujours-Contente

Toujours Contente means always satisfied or something similiar in French.

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