The British motoring magazine Autocar presented its prestigious annual prize for achievement yesterday to Wolfgang Hatz, Board Member Research and Development Dr. Ing. h.c.F. Porsche AG, at an awards ceremony in London. Hatz received the honorary ‘Issigonis Trophy’ from the oldest automotive magazine in the world in recognition of his long career as an engineer, but in particular for the successful development of outstanding Porsche sports and racing cars. In addition, the 918 Spyder plug-in hybrid super sports car was recognized with a ‘Five Star Award’, identifying it as one of the highest performing cars tested last year by Autocar.
Autocar Editor-in-Chief, Steve Cropley, emphasized in his speech that Wolfgang Hatz has contributed with the the expansion of the Porsche model range to the unique success story of Porsche. Moreover, the creative approaches that Hatz applies in developing the Zuffenhausen sports cars inspires colleagues throughout the business. “I see the ‘Issigonis Trophy’ as confirmation that it was right to transfer the DNA of the iconic 911 to new vehicle segments. Whether Cayman GT4 or Macan, all models stand for extraordinary driving dynamics, emotion and high engineering skills,” said Wolfgang Hatz at the ceremonial presentation of the award.
The ‘Issigonis Trophy’ is named after the British automotive engineer Sir Alec Issigonis. This is the second year Autocar has presented the award in recognition of outstanding achievements in the European automotive industry. As the oldest car magazine in the world, Autocar is one of the most internationally-renowned automotive publications.