Porsche and Henschel suspension
We all know and (probably) love the Jagdtiger, but did you know this vehicle was actually produced in two different versions, regarding its suspension? If you did... well congratulations, you may consider yourself now smarter than the admin of this page (not a great achievement btw). But if you (just like me, until I stumbled across it recently) never hear about this before, well here you go:
In February 1944 the two first Jagdtiger prototypes were tested at Kummersdorf, one with a Porsche (8 700mm roadwheels, pic 1) and one with a Henschel (9 800mm roadwheels, pic 2) suspension. Although beeing lighter, easier and cheaper to produce, aswell as more space-saving, the Porsche suspension was less robust than the Henschel design. So in total only 11 Jagdtigers were fitted with the Porsche suspension. These suspensions were produced ahead of the testing, I guess. Anyways the vehicles with Porsches suspension were the chassis number 305001 (<- the prototype I guess), aswell as 305003 to 305012. Apart from that not much is known about them. The only surviving Jagdtiger with the Porsche suspension today, can be found at Bovington Tank Museum (UK).
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