Sad news arrived from Germany as legendary engineer Hans Mezger, who was closely connected with Porsche brand for many decades, passed away at the age of 90.
He is well known not only for construction of air-cooled flat six Porsche 911 engine and many of its newer developments, but also for development of racing engines for iconic Porsche 917 or turbo engine for Formula 1, that helped McLaren to three F1 drivers and two F1 constructors championship in 1984, 1985 and 1986.
Hans Mezger joined Porsche in 1956 and stayed connected untill his retirement in 1994. But even after that, he was still active and regularly joined many official and unofficial events of Porsche brand.
Career and highlights at Porsche:
1956–1960 Technical calculation department in the design department.
Responsible for valve control of all engines, among other things.
1960–1962 Move to the Porsche Formula 1 project team.
Collaboration in engine and chassis design.
1963 Design of the 901/911 engine. Responsible for design and
further development of all racing engines.
1965 Design and project management of the Ollon-Villars Spyder.
Management of the newly established department for race car design.
1966–1970 Design of the 910, 907, 908, 917, 2-litre
four-cylinder engine for the 914 production sports car.
1971–1973 CanAm race cars 917/10 and 917/30 with turbocharging.
1974–1976 Design, development and further development of six-cylinder turbo engines and the Type 935 and 936 race cars.
1977–1978 Development of the water cooling and four-valve concept for the Type 935 and 936 six-cylinder turbo engines.
1977–1980 Design of the four-cylinder engine for Harley-Davidson. Development of the Indy engine based on the Type 935/936. Further development of the 935/936 race cars and engines.
1981–1982 Development of a 2.65-litre engine based on the 935/936 for Group C (956/962).
1981–1987 Design, overall project management and further development of the “TAG-Turbo – made by Porsche” Formula 1 engine.
1987–1988 Design of the Type 2708 Indy 2.65-litre engine.
1990 Design of the Type 3512 12-cylinder Formula 1 engine
Honours and awards
1974 The Starley Premium Award (GB) for the best automotive presentation of the year on the Porsche Type 917.
1984 Behind the Scenes Award (USA) for the development of the TAG Turbo Formula 1 engine.
1984 Trofeo Colin Chapman (I) for the development of the TAG Turbo Formula 1 engine.
1984 Prince Metternich Prize (D) for outstanding technical achievements in motorsport.
1984 Trophée de L’Exploit (F) for the development of the TAG Turbo Formula 1 engine.
1984 Caschi d’Oro (I) for winning the Formula 1 Constructors’ World Championship (presented to McLaren).
1985 Prof. Ferdinand-Porsche Award (A) of the technical university Vienna in recognition for the accomplishment of developing the combustion engine. Hans Mezger is still the only person from the Porsche company to have won this award.
1987 Médaille Spéciale (F) for the development of the TAG Turbo Formula 1 engine.