On my way back from the Quail at this year's festivities in Monterey, I spied a few colleagues milling around the Porsche 918 RSR. The intrepid JF Musial – Porsche's go-to guy for video – was doing a shoot of the hybrid racer and he insisted that I crawl on all fours to see something hidden underneath the rear wing.

It was a message that read (in the most gaudy font possible), "im CAD Hat's Passt." JF wouldn't give up the translation at the time, but it obvious had something to do with CAD – Computer Aided Design.

Today, Porsche's released a brief video discussing the 918 RSR's design from concept to production with Anthony Hatter, Porsche's Design Manager for Sports Cars, and the hidden message flashed up on the screen. Here's the story.

Both models – the 918 Spyder, shown in Geneva, and the RSR – were designed in CAD. But when the time came to assemble all the various bits together, the production crew kept complaining to the design team that the pieces didn't fit. The engineer's response: im CAD Hat's Passt! Which translates to "it fits in CAD!"

It became a running joke between the two teams, so much so that they slapped on a graphic to commemorate the issues. Check out the full video after the jump.



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      Teddy
      • 3 Years Ago
      in the 1980s we had a Network Administrator whose favorite phrase, when we systems testers would bring him problems, was "Works on my terminal." WOMT became a very similar saying, known throughout the project, but without the catchy placement as this one.
        creamwobbly
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Teddy
        WFM -- "Works for me" is the generic one. It's often used by developers and (the brighter) support people to say "I can't replicate the problem, but I recognise it's still a problem."
      Fixitfixitstop
      • 3 Years Ago
      Comic sans? Really?
      BASIQ
      • 3 Years Ago
      Southern German dialect. Funny but I don't know if would like to drive around forever with a manufacturer endorsed comment on ill-fitting parts, especially on a machine like this. I hope the sticker can be peeled off. Could be bad karma otherwise.
      Zacarious
      • 3 Years Ago
      I don't know autoblog. please tell me "why is on the Porsche 918 RSR".
      larshafner
      • 3 Years Ago
      who said germans don`t have a sense of humor?! well someone at Porsche def. has :D
      • 3 Years Ago
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      Blackstar
      • 3 Years Ago
      Nah, it's really 'I'm a CAD Ass-hat." That's what it is.
      hkbnz
      • 3 Years Ago
      hehe 'im CAD hat's passt' is German vernacular for 'it was a fit in CAD'
      • 3 Years Ago
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      Sukairain
      • 3 Years Ago
      A Porsche engineer walks into a bar....... German humor at its best....... sigh~
      WhoDat?
      • 3 Years Ago
      it's slang for "I'm the cat's ass" :)
      • 3 Years Ago
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