Ernst Fuhrmann

Ernst Fuhrmann ( born October 21, 1918 in Vienna, Austria; † 6 February 1995 Teufenbach ) was, among others, until 1956 head of engine testing and 1972-1980 Chairman of the Board at Porsche. He was in possession of German citizenship.


After attending primary school in Vienna Fuhrmann attended high school. From 1936 to 1941 he studied at the Technical College. After serving in the armed forces and various activities in Austria in 1947 he came to Porsche. 1950 ( the same year when he married his wife Elfriede ) doctorate Ernst Fuhrmann on valve trains in high-speed internal combustion engines.

Among other projects, Fuhrmann had 1952/53, significant contribution to the development of the motor 547, which became known as Fuhrmann engine. This unit is a 4 - cylinder boxer engine with two overhead camshafts per cylinder bank, driven by bevel.

1956 Fuhrmann left the company Porsche and took over the technical development at Goetze, a specialist automotive accessories. In 1971 he returned to Porsche, first as Technical Director and from 1972 to 31 December 1980 as chairman of the board of the now converted to an AG company. His successor at Porsche was from 1981 until the end of 1987, the German American Peter W. Schutz. 1977 Fuhrmann was an honorary professor at the Technical University of Vienna.

Literature and sources

  • Boschen / Barth: The Big Book of Porsche types. 2nd edition, engine book publishing house, Stuttgart 1994, ISBN 3-613-01284-7
  • AEIOU Encyclopedia of Austria in the project
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Person ( Porsche)
  • German
  • Born in 1918
  • Died in 1995
  • Man