Your weekly dosage of electricity-infused vehicle news is up… That’s how we will presumably start our automotive-related articles in a decade from now! For guys of passion like us, here at MONOCHROME, the subject of electric cars is still quite a long way from our usual standards of petrol-loaded dreams. Passion is the thing that makes us love cars and watches. Passion is our own fuel, and fuel is the thing that powers our passion. In any case, enough digressions, today’s point is about Porsche and how the Stuttgart-based brand is attempting (hard) to keep up with the reality of emissions and eco-friendly behavior and to integrate what Porsche has been for the time being over 60 years: a thing of passion. Furthermore, you’ll see, they are trying as well as making it real.
On the Road – Porsche Taycan
Heretic, scandalous, irrelevant… We’ve heard those words from hardcore Porsche fans more than once. They did it in 1996 when the brand introduced its entry-level Boxster. They did it in 1997 when Porsche stopped the creation of air-cooled engines. Thye did it 2002 when the Stuttgart-based manufacturer launched a SUV. Furthermore, those fans moved on. So, yes, it is real; Porsche has now a full-electric vehicle in its inventory. The brand has to keep up with the times, presently and for the future.
But let’s be honest. The Taycan may be electric and probably won’t sound as great as a 1972 911 2.7 RS, yet Porsche has done an incredible occupation in creating an emotional, desirable vehicle here. Just gander at the profile and those wheel arches. I realize this vehicle goes for well over a hundred thousand, I realize it is meant to be exclusive, yet one has to set the tone. So if other, more regular brands can be inspired by the Taycan, I’d say that the future could be brighter than I suspected – and yes, I’m a person who drives a 1960s sleek and smelly British coupe on weekends.
You can read the full report about the 2019 Porsche Taycan, here at www.carmagazine.co.uk .
On the Track – Porsche 99X Electric Formula E x TAG Heuer
The legendary 917, the engines provided to TAG F1, the 911 GT1 or the recent 919 at Le Mans. Porsche and motorsport is an endless, however evolving story. Out of Le Mans, not, at this point involved in F1 for quite a long time, Porsche is back in open-wheelers this year and for the first since its (disastrous) IndyCar effort during the 1980s. What’s more, as you can imagine, the brand goes green, by joining the developing Formula E championship. Gone is the WEC program, here’s the new Porsche Motorsport 99X Electric.
I can remember attending a Formula E race a few years prior when the championship was still in the early stages. I came back somewhat suspicious about this dashing formula’s future, due to an absence of passion, noise, smells and emotions. It was excessively technical, cold and clinical. Yet, seeing the images of the 2019/2020 Porsche 99X Electric x TAG Heuer, I see the effort of the FIA to create what could well be the most sharp-looking open-wheeler, all categories included. Futuristic, intense, aggressive, the new Formula E cars are impressive (just gander at the rear of this car…!) And taking a gander at the developing audience, I’m most likely by all account not the only who changed his psyche about these electric one-seaters.
Read about Porsche’s first-ever Racing EV, here at www.roadandtrack.com .
A Road Car on The Track – Porsche Taycan set a Nürburgring record
I know… Porsche-wise, there’s nothing better than the sound of an air-cooled Flat-6 engine close to the red zone. No debate, you can’t beat that. So, let’s be realistic about the Taycan, it doesn’t sound as great – it normally doesn’t sound by any means, even however Porsche is cheating with a falsely created sound blending electric noises in with engine-like sound, which is a long way from unpleasant indeed.
However, for those who are still dubious about electric cars, the accompanying video is telling you something significant: the Taycan is a Porsche first and foremost and, yes, it does perform. Also, not quite, as the German brand has set a new record of 7min 42sec on the Green Hell – which is exactly the same time a 997 GT3 MkII performed, back in the late 2000s. That is quite impressive, realizing that the Taycan is a four-seater weighing over 5,000 lbs and powered by a force measured in amperes.
You can read the full story here, on topgear.com .