Until he committed to Weissach, Michael Mauer's wheel time in a Porsche was exactly zero. So in July 2004, one month before Mauer took over as head of design for Porsche AG, his new boss, Wolfgang Durheimer, vice president-research and development, arranged for a loaner 911. Michael Mauer loves his 911 Turbo. It was, they agreed, crucial that Mauer quickly develop an intimate understanding of Porsche's iconic sports car. “If I was born as a car, I would be a Porsche,” says the ...

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