When Hans Mezger began his career in the Porsche Calculations Department on 1 October 1956, immediately after completing his mechanical engineering degree, he had no idea what he was going to achieve for Porsche, motorsport and all 911 fans over the coming decades – sadly, he has now passed away at the age of 90.
It is very difficult to compile a chronological list of Hans Mezger’s experiences and achievements during his time at Porsche. Because many of the highlights extended over a long period. The “Mezger engine” for the Porsche 911 that is still world-famous today was created as early as 1960 – just four years after he joined the company. This engine revolution promoted him to Head of “Race Car Design”, where he once again expressed his visionary thinking and applied this to the development of the 910. This car was to become the template for every race car that was built over the coming years – and therefore also for the Porsche 917. Hans Mezger successfully managed the overall construction of this race car: in 1970 and 1971, it not only won the 24h of Le Mans, but also the World Sports Car Championship.