Stuttgart/Vienna. The "Professor Ferdinand Porsche Prize", one of the world’s top automobile research prizes in terms of monetary reward, was today awarded by Vienna Technical University to engineer Hans-Michael Güther (SGL Brakes/Meitingen). Working closely with Porsche’s team of experts, this year’s prizewinner has played a key role in the development of the carbon ceramic brake. Called the
Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake (PCCB), this innovative braking system is available for all variants of the 911 as well as the Cayman S and Boxster S.
Compared with the conventional cast iron brake, the PCCB is considerably lighter in weight, which is particularly noticeable in the substantially improved handling and excellent braking performance. In his speech, Dr. Wendelin Wiedeking, CEO of Porsche AG and member of the jury, emphasized that, "The PCCB offers considerably better braking performance, less abrasion and a longer service life than conventional braking systems. It is consequently an innovation in the best sense of the word – and represents genuine added-value for the customer."
The "Professor Ferdinand Porsche Prize" was founded in 1976 by Louise Piëch, daughter of Professor Ferdinand Porsche. This year is the 15th time it has been awarded by Vienna Technical University. The engineering award carries a prize of 50,000 Euros, donated by
Porsche Holding, Salzburg and Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, Stuttgart, and honors outstanding automobile experts whose innovations will have a lasting influence on automobile development.