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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

Retro Porsche with Brumos Livery at Rolex 24 of Daytona

Retro Porsche with Brumos Livery at Rolex 24 of Daytona

Retro Brumos Racing Team Porsche

For the 2019 Rolex 24 of Daytona, Porsche set a decision to go retro. This retro Porsche wears a white Brumos livery paint job. Furthermore, this paint design includes red and blue stripes. These stripes were worn by Porsche racing vehicles during the second half of the 20th century. This is a commemorative design towards their historic racing career. The retro Porsches are both 911 RSR models, with numbers “911” and “912”. Both vehicles also sport #59, the long-term number of Porsche in racing history. By using this setup, Porsche is appreciating the past with an attempt to win the Rolex 24.

Who’s Driving for Porsche?

Retro Porsche with Brumos Racing Team Livery - Front - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Retro Porsche with Brumos Racing Team Livery – Front – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

The retro Porsche 911 RSR “911” and “912” already hit the track at Daytona. The question is, who was driving? Well, let’s take a look. Firstly, the “911” Porsche retro includes Nick Tandy, Patrick Pilet, and Fred Mackowiecki. Secondly, the “912” Porsche also has three drivers: Earl Bamber, Laurens Vanthoor, and Mathieu Jaminet. With these drivers, Porsche was aiming to claim a 23rd victory at Daytona. And, correct, Porsche has 22 current wins at Daytona since beginning their racing career. That is quite a number of victories at one track!

Intense 2019 Rolex 24 at Daytona

#911 Porsche 911 RSR – Onboard – 2019 Rolex 24 at Daytona – Swagger Racing – YouTube

The retro Porsche “911” and “912” 911 RSR models were ready to go. During the event, Porsche did their best in an attempt to win. And, furthermore, this time it was with stunning classic style. Unfortunately, a BMW takes the lead and obtains the victory. Regardless, it was a good attempt by all manufacturers. We’ll see what happens next year!

On a historical note, the first time Brumos Racing Team partook in an event is also the first time Porsche raced outside of Europe. Now, Porsche races worldwide on any continent without hesitation. Although many top manufacturers did well at the Rolex 24, let’s tip a hat to Porsche. Porsche is an amazing company with top quality engineering. Good luck to Porsche at the 2020 Rolex 24 of Daytona!

2019 Porsche 911 Carrera T: A Pure Sports Car

2019 Porsche 911 Carrera T: A Pure Sports Car

Starting MSRP of $102,100

2019 Porsche 911 Carrera T - Rear Corner - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

2019 Porsche 911 Carrera T – Rear Corner – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

For the 2019 model year, Porsche is offering a pure version of the 911. The 2019 Porsche 911 Carrera T is just that, a pure sports car. Starting at a base MSRP of $102,100, this car isn’t cheap. For the PDK option, expect a MSRP of $105,830. But, it is probably worth it, if optimal performance is a decisionmaker. Although the manual and PDK versions perform similarly, both have pros and cons. Below, let’s take a deeper dive into these specs.

Specifications: Manual vs. PDK

2019 Porsche 911 Carrera T - Side - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

2019 Porsche 911 Carrera T – Side – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

The 2019 Porsche 911 Carrera T is available with manual or PDK. Firstly, Porsche PDK, or Porsche Doppelkupplung, is a 7-speed double-clutch transmission. This way, there’s no confusion throughout the discussion. Regardless of transmission, the engine boasts a max of 370 horsepower. This allows the manual version to reach 60 mph in only 4.3 seconds. Not surprisingly, the PDK does so in only 4.0 seconds. That’s 0.3 seconds difference over a transmission.

2019 Porsche 911 Carrera T - Fender Zoom - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

2019 Porsche 911 Carrera T – Fender Zoom – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

Both models sport RWD with the rear engine layout. The top speed for manual is 182 mph while PDK only allows 180 mph. Furthermore, the manual only obtains 19 mpg vs the PDK’s 22 mpg. Overall, it comes down to PDK or manual. PDK offers 0.3 seconds faster 0-60 time and 3 mpg more. On the other hand, the manual offers 2 extra top speed mph. Truth be told, how often will that extra 2 mph make a difference? But, even more truthfully, everyone knows that 0.3 seconds to 60 mph will be daily…. Shhhhhhhh!

2019 Porsche 911 Carrera T - Interior - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

2019 Porsche 911 Carrera T – Interior – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

PDK is the Winner!

The new 911 Carrera T. Revival of a puristic driving concept. – Porsche – YouTube

When it comes to the 2019 Porsche 911 Carrera T, the PDK option is the winner. Although a bit pricier, and 2 mph slower, it’s a better deal. Obviously, there’s nothing wrong with the traditional manual. Old-school manual allows a driver to interact with a car in ways that modern drivers do not, for the most part. It builds a real connection between human and vehicle interaction. But, the paddle shifters can do the same, if used regularly. But, keep in mind, PDK can relax in auto mode in rush hour, saving the constant hassle of clutching. Overall, the Carrera T is a pure sports car for the entry sports buyer.

2019 Porsche 911 Carrera T - Rear Corner with Classic - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

2019 Porsche 911 Carrera T – Rear Corner with Classic – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

Porsche Explains Brake Squeal Issue via YouTube Video

Porsche Explains Brake Squeal Issue via YouTube Video

The Known & Dreaded Brake Squeal

Over the years, people with high performance braking systems, particularly on European cars, complain about brake squeal issues. One major manufacturer with this dilemma is Porsche. But, according to Porsche, brake squealing is rarely a sign of trouble. It is actually quite inevitable. The concern with Porsche brake squeal noise is not restricted to one manufacturer, but any using performance braking systems. Thankfully, Porsche uploaded a video to YouTube in which engineers explain the propensity for squealing. Even with top-of-the-line brakes, the squeal can occur due to corrosion, humidity, and/or temperature. Let’s dive a bit deeper below!

The Physics Behind Brake Squealing

Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport - Front - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport – Front – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

As mentioned above, Porsche brake squeal is not limited to one manufacturer, but many. Companies including Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz have come across this dilemma as well. Brake squeals occur when the energy of motion converts to hear in minute vibrations. From there, the heat dissipates via the braking system. This generates the beautiful nose of brake squealing.

In this event, the rotor basically acts as a speaker for the microscopic vibrations, known as stick slip. With large rotors and pads, the pad pressure distributes differently, leading to squeals at low speed. To put it simply, every material in existence is subject to vibration when acted on by a force. This creates what is commonly known as coupled frequencies. Although manufacturers test materials for friction and vibration, the squeal is typically unavoidable. But, the focus is on minimization, which Porsche is constantly working towards.

Brake Squeal is Typical for HP Brakes

Brake Squeal Explained – Porsche – YouTube

Unfortunately, brake squeal is typical for any high-performance brakes. Porsche brake squeal is no different, with considerably the crème of the crop braking systems. People buying sports cars want high horsepower and torque, but that comes with the price of the squeal. Is the squeal worth it? Yes. Is it annoying? Yes. Porsche actually adds masses to the braking system in attempt to minimize squeal. Furthermore, these systems have 4 times the stopping power necessary for the strongest Porsche motors. In conclusion, the brake squeal issue is known and manufacturers will continuously work to minimize it moving forward.

1964-1965 Porsche Carrera GTS: Originally the 904

1964-1965 Porsche Carrera GTS: Originally the 904

1960s German Engineering

In the mid-1960s, Porsche manufactured a model initially called the 904. Unfortunately, the number 904 wasn’t usable for the official name, hence the change to Carrera GTS. The 1964-1965 Porsche Carrera GTS was produced in Germany during those 2 years. The design of the mid-60s GTS is by Ferdinand Alexander Porsche, who’s most known for the 911. The layout includes a rear mid-engine and RWD. The predecessor for the 904 is the 718. On the other hand, the 906 is the successor.

2.0-Liter Flat Four Engine

The 1964-1965 Porsche Carrera GTS, also known as the 904, has a 2.0-liter flat four engine. This motor produces 198 horsepower. Furthermore, the engine works in combo with a 5-speed manual transmission. From 0 to 60 mph, the 904 takes less than 6 seconds. If top speed is a concern, this Porsche can reach 160 mph. On the other hand, the drag coefficient is a pretty decent 0.34 Cd. This isn’t too shabby considering most modern cars are between 0.25 and 0.30. For instance, the modern GT3 RS is only slightly higher at 0.36 Cd.

Debut at Sebring 1964

$1,6 Million Porsche 904 Carrera GTS – Great Engine Noise! – Gumbal – YouTube

Overall, the 1964-1965 Porsche Carrera GTS is quite a cool car. It may not sport the modern Porsche six-cylinder engine, but it does have the spirit of one. Being designed by Ferdinand Porsche makes this car quite unique. Even furthermore due to its limited production time. The car made its initial debut at Sebring 1964 where it ran into some issues. But it came in 1st place overall at Targa Florio. Today, replicas can be built by Martin & Walker in the U.K. or Chuck Beck in the U.S. For an original model, it’ll run anyone between $1 and $2 million USD.

Note: The featured image is by Terabass on Wikimedia.

Porsche 919 Hybrid Evo: A Record Setting Track Car

Porsche 919 Hybrid Evo: A Record Setting Track Car

Porsche’s Hybrid Engineering Marvel

The Porsche 919 Hybrid Evo is truly an engineering marvel. Starting with the Spa Francorchamps in Belgium, this car is setting records worldwide. Surprisingly, this car is even faster at the Spa than Lewis Hamilton’s 2017 F1 car. Wow! The biggest victory for Porsche is the Nürburgring Nordschleife record of 5:19.55 on June 29, 2018. This means this car is the fastest at the Spa and the Nordschleife, talk about competition! From inside out, this car is truly an amazing vehicle.

1,160 Horsepower Hybrid!

Porsche 919 Hybrid Evo - Setting Record on Nürburgring Nordschleife - Front Corner - Porsche Twitter - EuroDrift

Porsche 919 Hybrid Evo – Setting Record on Nürburgring Nordschleife – Front Corner – Porsche Twitter – EuroDrift

With a combustion engine and electric motor, the Porsche 919 Hybrid Evo produces 1,160 horsepower. The engine itself, a 2.0-liter turbo V4 engine, produces 720 horsepower. While, the electric motor produces 440 simultaneous horsepower. This much power allows the car to reach a top speed of 229 mph. In combo with quite a few race-oriented features, this car is a beast. There’s a reason the 919 is a 3-time Le Mans winner… high quality Porsche engineering!

Fierce Competition for Competitors

The 919 Tribute Tour: On-board record lap, Nordschleife. – Porsche – YouTube

The Porsche 919 Hybrid Evo is fierce competition for the competing companies. With so much power, this car is tough to beat. Not surprisingly, there are a ton of other high-quality features. Firstly, there is a power steering system in tune with the racing mindset. Secondly, there is a 4-way brake-by-wire braking system. Thirdly, a ton of downforce is generated by the rear diffuser, rear wing, and undertray. This is known as the Drag Reduction System (DRS). With these features, on top of the power, this car is a record setting machine. Overall, this hybrid will be a legendary track car of the period.

Porsche 919 Hybrid Evo - Nürburgring Nordschleife Record Breakdown - Porsche Newsroom - EuroDrift

Porsche 919 Hybrid Evo – Nürburgring Nordschleife Record Breakdown – Porsche Newsroom – EuroDrift

Mark Webber Experiences the Porsche 911 992

Mark Webber Experiences the Porsche 911 992

The Unique 992 Porsche 911

Porsche 911 992 - Mark Webber Sitting Inside - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Porsche 911 992 – Mark Webber Sitting Inside – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

With the World Premiere of the Porsche 911 992 approaching, the company is seeking to increase anticipation. Mark Webber, an ex-Formula One driver, was able to drive and see this car without the typical camouflage. The 992 contains the biggest changes since the 991’s release. After returning from the fast laps at Porsche’s development center in Weissach, Webber stated:

“In a word, that was awesome. There are so many highlights. The wide front axle, for example, seemed to give it greater cornering performance and turning-in became even more precise. The different front and back wheel sizes make a big difference to stability when you’re changing direction quickly too. As for the design, I love it: it’s very clear and typical Porsche.” – Mark Webber

Obviously, this statement provides clarity that this car is quite a beast of a machine. Let’s take a small dip into the changes that will be occurring with the 992 below.

Some Basics on the 992

The Porsche 911 992 is a stunning enhancement, inside and out. Firstly, the base model is going to jump from 370 hp to 385 hp. But, the Carrera S will leap from 420 hp to 450hp. Furthermore, the GTS should reach around 480 hp. Beyond the power gains, the car has a new rear fascia with wide rear body work (72 inches wide). With a wider rear body, this allows for a larger active spoiler as well. But, to note, the wheelbase did not change. Currently, the plan is to sell the car with a 19” front wheel and 20” rear wheel staggered setup. To comfort these rims, Pirelli P Zero tires are brought into play.

Porsche Continues to Improve the 911

2020 Porsche 911 992 Driven By Mark Webber – DPCcars – YouTube

Through time, Porsche continues to improve the 911 model. Moving to the 992, this car has undergone drastic changes since its first debut into the world. With the 992, Porsche shows that even cars that seem great, can be even better. The Porsche 911 is probably the company’s most popular car worldwide, with people of all ages appealing to it. With all of the hype, Porsche is anticipating a leap forward in sales as well. Obviously, Mark Webber was brought it for marketing purposes to help Porsche reach more fans. But, it was definitely a good idea. In conclusion, the 992 is another Porsche for auto dreamers worldwide.

Porsche 911 992 - Rear Corner - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Porsche 911 992 – Rear Corner – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

Note: All pictures are property of the Porsche manufacturer.

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 911 GT2 RS MR Defeats Aventador SVJ Ring Time

Porsche 911 GT2 RS MR Defeats Aventador SVJ Ring Time

A Victory for Porsche in the Ring!

On October 25, 2018, a modified Porsche 911 GT2 RS MR defeated the Lamborghini Aventador SVJ Nürburgring Nordschleife lap time. With tweaking by Manthey-Racing, the car finished the lap in only 6 minutes and 40.33 seconds. This defeats the Lamborghini Aventador SVJ time of 6:44.97. This makes this car the fastest street car lap at the 12.9-mile Nordschleife.

”In this test drive, we simply wanted to assess the potential of the vehicle once more. The result is quite impressive. It really is a fabulous time. This shows again very clearly the exciting possibilities of this sports car.” – Dr. Frank-Steffen Walliser, Head of Porsche Motorsport

The possibilities of the 911 GT2 RS MR almost seem endless. This car is a beastly machine, and with mods, is even better. Now, let’s take a deeper look into the car!

Modifications by Manthey-Racing

Porsche 911 GT2 RS MR - Front Corner - Nürburgring Nordschleife - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Porsche 911 GT2 RS MR – Front Corner – Nürburgring Nordschleife – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

Under the hood, the Porsche 911 GT2 RS MR is untouched by Manthey-Racing. But, on the exterior, changes are made to improve handling. Starting with a new aero package, this car has a larger wing and dive planes. Next, there is new suspension hardware and magnesium wheels. Furthermore, there are better brake pads, fluids, and stainless-steel lines. But, the engine’s 700 horsepower is plenty to accomplish this feat.

Porsche 911 GT2 RS MR - Front Corner in Action - Nürburgring Nordschleife - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Porsche 911 GT2 RS MR – Front Corner in Action – Nürburgring Nordschleife – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

Manthey-Racing’s modifications allowed this car to set the record at the Nürburgring Nordschleife. This racing team currently runs Porsche’s 911 RSR World Endurance Championship program. On top of this, they offer mods for the Cayman GT4 Clubsport and 911 GT. This company is largely owned by Porsche, making a greater connection. In combination with the expert track driver, Lars Kern, this GT2 RS MR project set the record. This is an amazing feat that will sure be challenged by future models.

The 911 GT2 RS is King of the Ring

New record: 911 GT2 RS MR laps the Nürburgring Nordschleife in 6:40.3 minutes. – Porsche – YouTube

In the end, the Porsche 911 GT2 RS MR is now king of the ring. With such a low time, 6:40.33, this car beat out the Aventador SVJ’s time of 6:44.97. Even crazier, this car did better than the McLaren P1 LM, which had a time of 6:43.2. Furthermore, the P1 GTR is also behind on this number. Now, the new race will aim for a time below 6 minutes and 40 seconds. This should be an interesting battle of the supercar.

Porsche 911 GT2 RS MR - Record Setting Team - Nürburgring Nordschleife - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Porsche 911 GT2 RS MR – Record Setting Team – Nürburgring Nordschleife – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

2018 Porsche 911 Turbo Classic Series “Project Gold”: $3.4 Million

2018 Porsche 911 Turbo Classic Series “Project Gold”: $3.4 Million

“Project Gold” Sells for $3.4 Million

At the RM Sotheby’s Porsche 70th Anniversary Auction, the “Project Gold” sold for over $3.4 million USD. The prestigious auction was held at the Porsche Experience Center in Atlanta, Georgia. Including the buyer’s premium, the overall price for the 2018 Porsche 911 Turbo Classic Series “Project Gold” equates to $3,415,000. That is quite a bit of bank for a 993 Turbo. But, with only 1 unit from production, this car is quite collectible. Fortunately for RM Sotheby’s, the bidder’s determination led to a high sales price.

Specifications for the Classic “Project Gold”

Porsche 993 911 Turbo Project Gold - In-Progress - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Porsche 993 911 Turbo Project Gold – In-Progress – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

The 2018 Porsche 911 Turbo Classic Series “Project Gold” is a beautiful masterpiece. From interior to exterior, this car is the original, maybe even better. The original 993 Turbo was able to reach up to $200,000 in price, so $3.4 million is quite a bit more. Under the rear hood, this car sports a 3.6-liter twin-turbo flat-six engine with 450 horsepower. This motor is straight from the 993 Turbo S, rather than the base Turbo. The original manual transmission and AWD make this car a beast on the street. Imagine cruising down the road in this golden yellow metallic 993 rebuild, ah… life goals.

Porsche Classic Strikes Gold!

Project Gold – One and only. – Porsche – YouTube

With the 2018 Porsche 911 Turbo Classic Series “Project Gold”, the Porsche Classic team hit the jackpot. Being from the past made this car stunningly unique as well as shows that older vehicles are still amazing. Thankfully, the Porsche parts were waiting to be built for quite some time. But, at $3.4 million USD, it may be smarter to simply buy a Turbo S and paint it gold. It may even be cheaper to include flakes of gold in the paint. But, it wouldn’t be as unique as this car. Overall, the “Project Gold” is an amazing automobile.

Porsche 993 911 Turbo Project Gold - Rear Corner - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Porsche 993 911 Turbo Project Gold – Rear Corner – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

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