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Porsche Taycan: Production Name for Mission E

Porsche Taycan: Production Name for Mission E

The Official Name for the Mission E

Recently, the Porsche Mission E concept received an official production name. The Mission E will be for sale as the Porsche Taycan. To resolve confusion, Taycan loosely translates to “lively young horse” in the Eurasian language. This statement references to “the imagery at the heart of the Porsche crest, which has featured a leaping steed since 1952.” (Reference: Porsche News Release – See Below) On top of this, the Taycan was recently seen testing in the U.S. This is not surprisingly as sales begin in 2019.

Porsche Taycan Specifications

Porsche Mission E - Side with Open Doors - IAA 2015 - Wikimedia - EuroDrift

Porsche Mission E – Side with Open Doors – IAA 2015 – Wikimedia – EuroDrift

The Porsche Taycan, previously the Mission E, is a fully electric 4-seater sport sedan. Being fully electric, this car sports two permanent magnet synchronous motors (PSMs). These motors work in combo to produce over 600 horsepower. Furthermore, the Taycan uses a 800 V charging system for optimal battery management. From 0 to 60 mph, the Taycan will take around 3.5 seconds. This is very quick for a sedan and is sure to fulfill the needs of many auto enthusiasts. The only downfall to the Taycan is the lack of a roaring V8 engine… but that doesn’t mean scheisse.

The Porsche Taycan Aims at Tesla

Soul, electrified. – The Porsche Taycan is coming. – Porsche – YouTube

Not surprisingly, the Porsche Taycan will take aim at the Tesla auto market. Being a fully electric sedan, this car will challenge the Model S. But, nobody knows how this car will truly impact the electric auto market just yet. Many Porsche fans will be stuck in a debate of enjoying the Porsche V6 of V8 engine versus the new electric system. Although the car definitely doesn’t lack in performance, it does lack in sound. In conclusion, the Porsche Taycan will signal the openness of the worldwide market to fully electric European cars.

Porsche PDF News Release: https://press.porsche.com/download/prod/presse_pag/PressBasicData.nsf/Download?OpenAgent&attachmentid=1347866

Porsche Mission E - Rear Corner - IAA 2015 - Wikimedia - EuroDrift

Porsche Mission E – Rear Corner – IAA 2015 – Wikimedia – EuroDrift

Porsche Mission E: Tesla’s New EV Competitor

Porsche Mission E: Tesla’s New EV Competitor

Porsche Mission E to be Sold in 2019

In 2019, Porsche will begin selling the all-new Mission E sedan. The Porsche Mission E is a fully electric 4-seater sport sedan. The purpose of this vehicle is to compete in the electric vehicle industry which is the future of transportation. As expected, the Mission E has its eyes set on Tesla. On release, the Porsche Mission E will have a MSRP of about $85,000.

“Our core area of expertise lies in complex, efficient, and high-performance power trains – just look at the 918 Spyder or 919 Hybrid”, stated Stefan Weckbach, the Mission E project head.

Two Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motors (PSMs)

The Porsche Mission E sedan will sport two permanent magnet synchronous motors (PSMs). These were used in the Porsche 919 Hybrid that won Le Mans. This system allows for energy recovery while braking that can be used to continue propulsion. One of these motors powers the front axle while the other powers the rear. With these motors, the Mission E can hit 60 mph in only 3.5 seconds. Surprisingly, the Mission E can hit 124 mph in less than 12 seconds – phew. These motors produce a combined 600+ horsepower.

“Fifteen minutes is an acceptable amount of charging time. And with 800 volts, it’s also feasible.” – Stefan Weckbach

800 Volt Charging System

In the Porsche Mission E, the voltage is double the standard charging value at 800 volts. This allows for shorter charging times and decreases the overall weight of the vehicle. With a lithium-ion battery, the Mission E can drive more than 300 miles on a single charge. To get another 250 miles, simply recharge for 15 minutes – enough time to grab coffee, or a quick meal. With an 800 volt charging system, the Mission E can still be recharged at a typical 400 volt recharging station.

Electric Vehicles are the Future


Overall, the Porsche Mission E is expected to stir up the electric vehicle market. As Tesla currently holds reign in this sub-industry, Porsche and other brands will be making their appearances in the next few years. From Audi to Mercedes-Benz to Porsche, each brand understands the need for a motion towards a fully electric future. Without an exhaust, the cars may not sound the same but they sure are just as fact – if not faster. In the end, auto enthusiasts will probably be happy to take the Mission E for a ride, or two.

Breakdown of Transmission Types

Out of all of the systems controlling your car, one of the most important is the transmission. This mechanism transmits the power from the engine to the wheels.

To better understand how a transmission works, first you need to understand a few key terms.

Transmission Gear

Transmission gear refers to the set of toothed wheels that function together to alter or determine the relationship between the speed of the wheels and the engine speed of the vehicle. This term also describes the ratio of the gears selected by the driver on the output and input shafts.

 Gear Ratio

The gear ratio refers to the ratio at which the output and input gears rotate (i.e. 3:4 ratio).

 Clutch

A clutch is a mechanism for connecting and then disconnecting the engine from the transmission system of the vehicle.

 Shift Lever

The shift lever refers to the control lever first used by the driver to manage the gear range of the transmission.

 H-Pattern

An H-Pattern is used to describe the arrangement of gears designated on the knob of the shift lever, which is where the placement falls in a parallel row series.

Once you understand the terminology, then it is easier to grasp the function and mechanics of a transmission.

Types of Transmissions

Cars are manufactured with a variety of transmission types. These types include:

  • Manual Transmission (MT)
  • Dual-clutch Transmission (DCT)
  • Automatic Transmission (AT)
  • Semi-Automatic Transmission (SAT)
  • Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT)

The automatic transmission is by far the most popular variety, but the manual transmission with its simpler function and construction is also an old-time favorite.

Manual Transmission

A manual transmission includes a set of gears and a pair of shafts, the output shafts and input shafts. During an engagement, the gears on one shaft mesh with the other gears on the other. The overall gear ratio results between the engaged gear on the output shaft and the selected gear on the input shaft. Overall, the manual transmission is fully operated by the driver without any computer controls which makes it the most exciting for an auto enthusiast.

 Dual-Clutch Transmission

The function of the dual-clutch transmission is almost the same as a manual transmission, but the difference lies in the control system. The dual-clutch transmission features a computer control. As it bridges the gap between automatic and manual transmissions, then it is becoming widely popular among customers. The biggest advantages of the dual-clutch transmission are its fuel economy, ease of operation, and shift times.

Automatic Transmission

The automatic transmission is the most popular type of transmission. One of the main differences between a manual transmission and an automatic transmission is that the automatic transmission doesn’t have a clutch. The automatic transmission uses a torque converter to couple or decouple the gear set with the engine.

The automatic transmission can be further sub-categorized into the semi-automatic transmission and continuously variable transmission.

Semi-Automatic Transmission

A semi-automatic transmission is a system that uses electronic processors, actuators, and sensors for gearshifts on the driver’s command. With the semi-automatic transmission in use, there isn’t any need to use a clutch pedal for changing gear. In this system, electronic equipment actuates the clutch, synchronizing the torque and timing required for smooth and quick gearshifts. Semi-automatic transmissions are popular in many vehicles.

Continuously Variable Transmission

A continuously variable transmission, or a single-speed transmission, is a type of automatic transmission that can move seamlessly through gear ratios falling between a minimum and maximum value. It is one of the best features of the CVT, as other mechanical transmissions offer a finite number of gear ratios. It is because of its flexibility that the input shaft then maintains a consistent angular velocity.

How a Transmission Works

When the driver shifts to select gears in the manual transmission, then the shifter engages a linkage which controls the gears movement along the input shaft. On moving the lever, backward or forward, the driver selects between the two gears given on a linkage. Note that the car with four gears uses two gear links while the model with five speeds uses three gear links. By moving the shift lever right and left, the driver makes changes between the linkages.

First, the driver disconnects the engine from the transmission’s input shaft by pushing the clutch pedal. When he does, then it engages the gear in the manual transmission. The disconnection frees the input shaft gears to move. Then, the gears on the shaft are engaged when the engine sends torque through it. Once the clutch disconnects the power to the transmission from the engine, then the driver chooses the appropriate gear while releasing the clutch which re-engages the power of the engine to the input shaft. Finally, this process propels the vehicle using the chosen gear ratio.

Automatic Transmissions

As in the manual transmission, the mechanics of the automatic transmission use one concentric shaft.  The gears on this shaft work as the ratio of output to input gear speed changes. The process involves engagement of one gear with another. Here, a complex hydraulics system is present which controls the mechanism and not a shift lever. This system includes a set of planetary gears, engaged at a given time. An electronic control unit programmed to suit the engine, which in turn, controls this hydraulic control system.

The gear sets are connected by a series of internal clutches to the motor’s input. These move as the hydraulic system moves and determine the gear ratio of the output to the drive shaft.

The functioning of a semi-automatic transmission and continuously variable transmissions is far better than that of traditional automatic transmissions. As mentioned earlier, with semi-automatic transmissions there isn’t any need for shifting the gears manually, as the transmission’s computer handles the job. Semi-automatics retain a clutch like a manual transmission controlled by electro-hydraulic systems.

Dual Clutch Transmissions

The dual-clutch transmission uses two different clutches, each at even and odd gear sets. It almost seems like two manual gearboxes placed into a single housing. Typically, the dual clutch transmissions operate in the same way as a standard automatic transmission with no clutch pedal and a PRND gear selector. They may also function like an automatic transmission, where the gears can be shifted automatically via a separate gate or paddle shifters on the gear selector.

Several components work together to move your vehicle. If any one of them is out of alignment, then the car won’t travel. Getting the clutch and gears to operate smoothly can be difficult, but with proper maintenance, your transmission should hold up. First, check your transmission fluid when you change your oil. Then, take your car to a transmission shop if you feel it shifting hard or there is a lack of power. The transmission is an extremely important system within any vehicle.

 

References

http://auto.howstuffworks.com/automatic-transmission.htm

http://auto.howstuffworks.com/transmission.htm

http://jalopnik.com/this-is-how-an-automatic-transmission-works-517581894

http://transmissionrepairguy.com/how-does-a-transmission-work/

http://www.bmwblog.com/2015/07/09/dct-transmission-how-they-work-and-why-we-use-them/

http://www.carbibles.com/transmission_bible.html

http://www.drivelinenews.com/videos/dual-clutch-transmission-animation/

http://www.howacarworks.com/basics/how-the-transmission-works

http://www.thecarconnection.com/tips-article/1088353_how-does-my-cars-transmission-work

2020 Porsche Taycan Turbo vs. Turbo S Comparison

2020 Porsche Taycan Turbo vs. Turbo S Comparison

Welcome to the 2020 Porsche EV!

2020 Porsche Taycan Turbo S - Front Corner - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

2020 Porsche Taycan Turbo S – Front Corner – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

For the 2020 model year, Porsche is planning to deliver the Taycan in two variants, the Turbo and the Turbo S. The Porsche Taycan Turbo begins at a base price of $150,900 whereas the Turbo S will begin at $185,000. So, to upgrade from Turbo to Turbo S, expect to spend an additional $34,100 before taxes. Although, there are incentives for purchasing EVs and going green. And, furthermore, with this Porsche, going green sounds good… real good! Now, let’s take a dive into the differences between these two models.

2020 Porsche Taycan Turbo S - Side - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

2020 Porsche Taycan Turbo S – Side – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

Taycan Turbo vs. Turbo S Specs

2020 Porsche Taycan Turbo S - Side by Side - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

2020 Porsche Taycan Turbo S – Side by Side – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

The Porsche Taycan Turbo and Turbo S differ in a few ways, and not so much in others, such as AWD. Firstly, the Turbo S has a carbon fiber trim that stands out. Secondly, the S sports carbon ceramic brakes with 21” wheels. Thirdly, and lastly, the Turbo S has a larger front motor. Both vehicles have a normal driving mode with 617 horsepower. But, in overboost mode, the Turbo hits 671 horsepower while the Turbo S reaches 751 horsepower. Yep… the Turbo S has 80 more horsepower where it counts… in overboost.

2020 Porsche Taycan Turbo S - Charging Port - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

2020 Porsche Taycan Turbo S – Charging Port – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

Furthermore, the Turbo has 627 lb.-ft. of torque while the Turbo S boasts 774 lb.-ft. of torque. That’s almost 150 lb.-ft. difference… wow! Regardless of power, both cars max out around 162 mph top speed. So, let’s check those track times! The Taycan Turbo can reach 60 mph in only 3.2 seconds and finish a quarter mile in 11.1 seconds. On the other hand, the Turbo S hits 60 mph in only 2.6 seconds with a quarter mile time of 10.8 seconds. So, as expected, the Turbo S performs better on the track, or highway. Just think of it as an upgraded Mission E.

2020 Porsche Taycan Turbo S - Interior - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

2020 Porsche Taycan Turbo S – Interior – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

Which 2020 Taycan Variant is Better?

FIRST LOOK: Porsche Taycan Turbo | Top Gear – YouTube

So, which Taycan is better? Obviously the Porsche Taycan Turbo S is the current crème of the crop. With a ton more horsepower and torque, this is no surprise… also an additional $34,100. Before concluding, let’s take a dive into the charging and mileage. Porsche claims the Taycan can go from 5 to 80% charge in only 22.5 minutes. This is due to a 350-kW 800-V DC setup. But, for the first year, Porsche will only offer 250-kW systems. On the mileage side, the Turbo will complete 237-280 miles per charge and the Turbo S roughly 241-256 miles. While the batteries provide most of the energy, this car also boasts regenerative brakes. Overall, the Taycan is an awesome car, regardless of which model makes it home to the garage.

2020 Porsche Taycan Turbo S - Rear - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

2020 Porsche Taycan Turbo S – Rear – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

Will the Taycan Convert Porsche to Design More EVs?

Will the Taycan Convert Porsche to Design More EVs?

The Worldwide Upcoming EV Surge

Over the next decade, many manufacturers intend to increase EV production tenfold. Companies such as Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and even supercar manufacturers are following the trend. Why? Because it leads to faster, more efficient vehicles. While being friendly to the environment, these cars perform better than the predecessors. This may not be something that motorheads want to hear, but it’s true. The electrical engine provides instantaneous power and a ton of torque. This is why Tesla has such fast vehicles, faster than many sports and supercars on the market for a margin the price. So, aiming towards Porsche – will the Taycan convert Porsche to design more EVs? Well, in all honesty… probably.

Basic Facts About the Stunning Taycan

Porsche Mission E - Side with Open Doors - IAA 2015 - Wikimedia - EuroDrift

Porsche Mission E – Side with Open Doors – IAA 2015 – Wikimedia – EuroDrift

Initially, the Porsche Taycan was known as the “Mission E” during the concept phase. To understand better, Taycan stands for “lively young horse” in the Eurasian language. On the other hand, this car is a fully electric 4-seater sports sedan. Between two permanent magnet synchronous motors (PSMs), this car produces over 600 horsepower. With a 800-Volt charging system, this car won’t take too long to fill up. From 0 to 60 mph, this car takes around 3.5 seconds. It may not be as fast as the best Tesla sedan, but close enough. Overall, the Taycan is an amazing leap forward in Porsche technology.

Demand for the Taycan is Insane!

Soul, electrified. – The Porsche Taycan is coming. – Porsche – YouTube

Due to the strong demand in the market, Porsche is moving up the Taycan production to over 20,000 units per year. Yes, that is read correctly. This car is taking the market by storm with tons and tons of reservations. Although it is quite expensive at $130,000, it is possible to obtain tax incentives due to buying or leasing an electric vehicle. This amounts for up to $7,500, but there’s no guarantee – so contact an accountant for more info! Due to the popularity of this model, don’t be surprised to see an electric Boxster, Cayenne, Cayman, Macan, or 911 at this point. Although the 911 breathes via an amazing 6-cylinder engine, an EV version would be a beast. Imagine this much power within a tinier sports car. It would probably reach 60 mph in closer to 3 seconds without a doubt. In conclusion, the Taycan is extremely popular and will lead Porsche to reconsider the EV pathway.

Porsche Mission E - Rear Corner - IAA 2015 - Wikimedia - EuroDrift

Porsche Mission E – Rear Corner – IAA 2015 – Wikimedia – EuroDrift

Porsche Aims to Increase Taycan Production Due to Demand

Porsche Aims to Increase Taycan Production Due to Demand

High Demand for the Taycan

Due to strong demand, Porsche plans to increase Taycan production beyond 20,000 units per year. The Porsche Taycan is an all-electric vehicle, previously known as Mission E, that is taking the market by storm. Porsche received so many early reservations on the Taycan, that it is building a facility specifically for it. In Zuffenhausen, Germany, Porsche will build the Taycan at its own facility. Furthermore, this facility even includes an assembly line and paint shop. That means that the manufacturer has very high hopes for this model. With production beginning mid-2019, Porsche is getting ready to surge the auto market.

Basics About Porsche Taycan

Porsche Mission E - Side with Open Doors - IAA 2015 - Wikimedia - EuroDrift

Porsche Mission E – Side with Open Doors – IAA 2015 – Wikimedia – EuroDrift

Under the hood, the Porsche Taycan does not have a typical Porsche V6 or V8. But, this car does sport two permanently excited synchronous motors. These work in combo to produce over 600 horsepower. This power level will allow the Taycan to reach 60 mph in under 3.5 seconds. Furthermore, Porsche expects the Taycan to hit 124 mph in 12 seconds. Finally, with a 800 volt battery, the car can charge for 250 miles in around 15 minutes.

The Future of Porsche is Coming

Adam Levine drives the Mission E at the Porsche Experience Center Los Angeles – Porsche – YouTube

Overall, Porsche seems to be opening up more and more to electric vehicles. With the Porsche Taycan, the company will “dip its toes” into the electric auto market. This will surely shape the future of the company moving into the electric rush of the 2020s. Other companies are already working towards major releases such as the Audi E-Tron GT, the BMW iNext Vision, and the Mercedes-Benz Vision Urbanetic. Currently, the Taycan will be split between the Cross Turismo and sedan variants with a Targa version possible in the future. Surprisingly, the largest demand for this car was in Norway with 3,000 paid down payment orders. Usually, Porsche only sells 600 total cars in this country. In conclusion, the Porsche Taycan is sure to stir up the electric auto market, including Tesla.

Porsche Mission E - Rear Corner - IAA 2015 - Wikimedia - EuroDrift

Porsche Mission E – Rear Corner – IAA 2015 – Wikimedia – EuroDrift

Porsche Taycan EV Specs Include 600+ Horsepower

Porsche Taycan EV Specs Include 600+ Horsepower

The Taycan Numbers Are In!

Finally, Porsche has released specs for the all-new Taycan EV vehicle, previously the Mission E. The Porsche Taycan EV specs are quite impressive. But, first the pronunciation of the name needs to be made clear. Porsche pronounces “Taycan” as “TIE-con”. Yes, it sounds like you are going to a comic con knock-off for ties. Regardless, this car is a beastly EV. To make up for the name, simply refer to the stats below!

Specification Estimates by Porsche

Porsche Mission E - Side with Open Doors - IAA 2015 - Wikimedia - EuroDrift

Porsche Mission E – Side with Open Doors – IAA 2015 – Wikimedia – EuroDrift

The Porsche Taycan EV specs are not exact but are simply expected ballpark numbers. The Porsche Taycan EV sports two permanently excited synchronous motors. These electric motors produce over 600 horsepower. This allows the Taycan to hit 60 mph in under 3.5 seconds with AWD. Furthermore, 124 mph will take around 12 seconds… phew! Lastly, the Taycan will contain a 800 volt battery. This battery will allow the Taycan to complete trips of over 300 miles per charge. Furthermore, a specific charger type will charge for 250 miles in as little as 15 minutes.

A Partnership for an EV Future

Mark Webber drives the Mission E at Porsche’s test track in Weissach. – Porsche – YouTube

With 300 miles per full charge, the Taycan will be capable of completing long distance road trips. But, many people worry about charging stations. Availability was a debate of the past, but not for long. BMW, Daimler, Ford, Porsche, & VW intend to build 400 fast-charging locations by 2020. The goal of this is to ensure charging stations are every 100 miles or so, at least in Europe. Regardless, this will heavily resolve many worries about charging EVs. With this leap in tech, EVs will be able to become a much worthier competitor. In conclusion, the Porsche Taycan EV specs are impressive and it is expected to have production info later in 2018.

Porsche Mission E - Rear Corner - IAA 2015 - Wikimedia - EuroDrift

Porsche Mission E – Rear Corner – IAA 2015 – Wikimedia – EuroDrift

Volkswagen Tarok Concept: Teasing U.S. Buyers

Volkswagen Tarok Concept: Teasing U.S. Buyers

Is the U.S. Ready for a VW Pickup Truck?

Volkswagen Tarok Concept - Side - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Volkswagen Tarok Concept – Side – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

At the New York International Auto Show in 2019, VW debuted its second SUV at the show in history. This time, the Volkswagen Tarok Concept was on display. The purpose of this showcasing is to tease buyers in the U.S. From there, VW can decide if to bring the Tarok to the United States… or not. Currently, the Tarok is going to hit production for sales in South America. So, will the Tarok make it to the U.S.? Well, only time will tell. Is there demand for a German pickup truck? Probably… but is it enough?

Turbocharged 1.4-Liter Engine with 147 Horsepower

Volkswagen Tarok Concept - Trunk Extension - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Volkswagen Tarok Concept – Trunk Extension – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

The Volkswagen Tarok Concept sports a turbocharged 1.4-liter engine that offers 147 horsepower. Backing this up is a 6-speed transmission and 4Motion AWD system. This is the same engine as seen in the VW Golf Hatchback. These specs may be a major mistake if joining the U.S. market is a goal. Many pickup trucks sold in the U.S. sport at minimum a V6, but preferably a V8. So, would U.S. buyers consider a 1.4-liter engine? Possibly. With the EV pickup truck battle taking place, smaller engine pickups may catch on… or not. Honestly, this is why the car was put on display as a concept, as nobody knows. Surely, VW will decide in the near future on this car’s production.

Volkswagen Tarok Concept - Interior - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Volkswagen Tarok Concept – Interior – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

How are the Tarok’s Towing Capabilities?

Volkswagen Tarok – nova picape média concorrente da Fiat Toro – www.car.blog.br –
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As with any pickup truck, it needs to be able to haul quite a bit of weight. So, VW was sure to reach for high expectations. The Tarok can handle 2,271 pounds with 73.2” in freight space. This is due to the foldable panel behind the rear seat. By adjusting the seat, the area in the truck bed can expand quite a bit. So, will the engine deter buyers, or will they embrace this vehicle? Truthfully, only time will tell.

Volkswagen Tarok Concept - Rear Corner - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Volkswagen Tarok Concept – Rear Corner – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

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