"Genius on Wheels" is the name of an exhibition at the Porsche Museum in Zuffenhausen, which pays tribute to rally legend Walter Röhrl on his 70th birthday.
From March 14 to May 14, 2017, numerous vehicles driven by the winner of the World Rally Championship, the competition in which he established and cemented his reputation as the best and most versatile driver of his time, will be on display at the museum.
The exhibition focuses on the many years of collaboration between Porsche and Röhrl, who has been an ambassador and test driver for the Stuttgart sports car manufacturer since 1993.
Born on March 7, 1947 in Regensburg, Germany, Röhrl has had a strong bond with his favorite brand, Porsche, for a lifetime. The first car he owned was a 356-horsepower Porsche 75 B Coupé. He bought it without an engine, to save every penny he could. Even as an official driver for Ford, Opel, Fiat, Lancia and Audi, Röhrl cultivated his relationship with Porsche and rallied with his own 911.
In 1981, Porsche hired Röhrl, already a double world rally champion, as the brand's official driver. Röhrl started in the German Rally Championship and drove a 911 in the San Remo Rally, scoring for the World Championship.
The German is one of the few drivers in motorsport history to have won world championship races in both rallying and other specialties. It also triumphed in tests of the TransAm and IMSA competitions, in climbs (Pikes Peak) or in the German Touring Car Championship.
With his driving skills and his ability to explain behavior simply and precisely, Walter Röhrl still continues to participate in the tuning and technology of Porsche road sports cars. Nobody like Röhrl embodies Porsche's philosophy of intelligent performance. The development of the supercars Porsche 959, Porsche Carrera GT and Porsche 918 also bear his stamp.
Along with a 365 B 1600 Coupé, the special exhibition at the Porsche Museum also features the Carrera GTS from the Rallye “Monnet”, the 911 SC Coupé from the San Remo and the 924 GTP from Le Mans from 1981, as well as a 911 Carrera 2 Cup. racing car and the legendary Carrera GT. The history of Röhrl in the rally is even present with the exhibition of a vehicle on loan from the Audi Museum: the Audi S1 Group B, which according to German legend was “the most brutal machine of my rally career”.[sam_pro id = "0_2" codes = "true"]