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2020: 120th Anniversary of the birth of Franz Xaver Reimspiess (1900-1979)

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From: November 28, 2020
To: May 28, 2021
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He was an engineer. In 1915 he began his training as an engineering draughtsman with Austro-Daimler. In 1934 he joined the Porsche construction office and developed the air-cooled opposed four-cylinder engine for the Volkswagen basing his design on Kales’s opposed four-cylinder engine for the NSU prototype. For the Auto Union P racing car Reimspiess designed new brakes and altered the rear axle to shaft suspension. During the war Reimspiess was chief designer at the tank development centre within the Nibelungen plant at St Valentin. Thus the plans for the German 'Tiger' tank originated from Reimspiess.Then at Porsche he was in charge of undercarriage design, a position which he held until his retirement in 1966. He took part in the Porsche 901/911 development team. Reimspiess was the designer of the Volkswagen logo. At Porsche Reimspiess patented around ten inventions for the independent wheel-suspension system and for engines. His most famous patent applications were related to his inventions for the Volkswagen engine.


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