Ferdinand Alexander Porsche, the man who designed the famous sports cars has passed away in Germany aged 77. Nicknamed "Butzi", his original design can still be seen in modern Porsches today.
Today the German company confirmed that Professor Porsche, son of Ferry Porsche, grandson of Ferdinand Porsche, the company's founder has passed away in Salzburg.
Professor Porsche joined the family company in 1956 and worked in the technical design department.
His grandfather and his father before him were engineers, but Porsche was more interested in the artistic side of the car design and was a technically talented craftsman.
In 1962, he became manager of the Porsche design studios and soon thereafter designed the Porsche 901. This model later became the world-famous 911.
The sports car had a rear-mounted engine and was famous for accelerating from 0-100km in just 9.1 seconds and could reach a top speed of 210kmh.
Despite the fact that the Porsche design is 50 years old, the latest 911 is still recognizable from the original model. Last year the 7th generation 911 was released.
Porsche worked at the family company until 1972, when the company went public. He then started the Porsche Design Group, which creates various high quality products from mobile phones to kitchens.