Roland Kussmaul became world-famous as a brilliant Porsche racing engineer.
He worked at Porsche for over 36 years. Kussmaul began his career in 1969 as a design engineer before being transferred to the road test department in 1973.
At the request of Peter Falk, Roland Kussmaul was transferred to the Porsche racing department from 1977.
He worked here as a project manager for racing and rally operations, for example with the 911 SC/RS at the Safari Rally in 1983.
As a race engineer, he helped the Porsche 959 to win the Paris-Dakar and, along the way, finished 6th with the tanker and support vehicle.
He was head of development for racing and special vehicles and supervised the entries of the Porsche 956 and 962, including at Le Mans.
Porsche racing engineer Roland Kussmaul – is “the father” of the 964 RS
From 1989 he was responsible for the development of the Porsche 964 Cup car.
When the 964 Cup was successfully launched, Roland Kussmaul also developed the fascinating 964 RS in the Porsche racing department in Weissach Flacht.
Roland Kussmaul owns the 964 RS test vehicle “K47”!
The tests for the 964 RS took place with the test vehicle “K47”.
Roland Kussmaul was able to acquire the “forefather” of all 964 RS in 1993 and still owns the vehicle today.
In the book “Porsche Carrara RS – 50 Years”, Kussmaul reports in a separate chapter on the development of the first Carrera RS of modern times.
Like the Carrera RS from the 1973 model year, the 964 RS sold out within a very short time.
Roland Kussmaul also became project manager of the 964 RS 3.8 and 964 RSR 3.8
In 1993, the racing department in Weissach-Flacht developed two more fascinating RS derivatives based on the Porsche 964 under Roland Kussmaul.
The 964 RS 3.8 had road approval and was built in a small series of 55 cars.
Furthermore, a pure competition car with 3.8 liter displacement was built for international motorsport.
The racing version 964 RSR 3.8 was built in a small series of 50 vehicles and produced at least 350 hp.
Roland Kussmaul also developed the 993 RS
The last air-cooled 911 Carrera RS of the 993 generation and the Cup car were also created in the Porsche racing department under Roland Kussmaul. His active time at Porsche ended in 2009, but he continues to work for the company as a consultant.
Roland Kussmaul „Signature Edition“ in an edition of 210 books
For friends of the air-cooled 911 Carrera RS, 210 “Porsche Carrera RS – 50 Years” books will be published as a “Signature Edition”.
All books are numbered and personally signed by Roland Kussmaul.
Each book is accompanied by four previously unpublished photos in large format from the year 2022.