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The Henschel design was accepted, mainly because the Porsche VK 4501 (P) prototype design used a troubled gasoline-electric hybrid power unit which needed large quantities of copper for manufacture of its electrical drivetrain components, a strategic war material of which Germany had limited supplies with acceptable electrical properties for such uses. After the contract was awarded to Henschel, they were used for a new turretless, casemate-style tank destroyer; 91 hulls were converted into the Panzerjäger Tiger (P) in the spring of 1943.The Tiger was still at the prototype stage when it was first hurried into service, and therefore changes both large and small were made throughout the production run.Henschel built two prototypes: a VK 45.01 (H) H1 with an 8.8 cm L/56 cannon, and a VK 45.01 (H) H2 with a 7.5 cm L/70 cannon.

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They were demonstrated at Rastenburg in front of Hitler. Expecting an order for his tank, Porsche built 100 chassis.

The Tiger was prone to certain types of track failures and breakdowns, and was limited in range by its high fuel consumption.

It was expensive to maintain, but generally mechanically reliable.

The six turrets built were never fitted and were used as part of the Atlantic Wall.

The VK 36.01 (H) project was discontinued in early 1942 in favour of the VK 45.01 project.