Porsche Taycan will put an end to Tesla? I doubt

I think that there is not a person in the world who has not heard about the Porsche cars, in addition to a dozen shut-ins at the far edge of the Taiga. This is due to the fact that the manufacturer has long and thoroughly entered myself in a certain circle of the elite of the world automobile industry. That’s why all his new items meet the public with great interest, and line, like 911 and Boxter have become a symbol of his class and was included in the list of desires of each adult child. Yesterday, the company unveiled its first production electric car. Whether Tesla start to panic? I’m not sure. Let’s deal.

Can Porsche beat Tesla at its field?

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The History Of Porsche

The history of the company began in 1931. It was then that Ferdinand Porsche founded the company, which is ornately called ”Dr. Ing. h. c. F. Porsche Aktiengesellschaft”. The main factory and headquarters of the company are located in Stuttgart, Germany.

Until now the main shareholder of the company is the kind of Porsche, and in 2010 the company was recognized as the most profitable company engaged in the production of cars. In many respects this became possible due to the fact that the cars are not so expensive to be exclusive, but not so cheap to each unit brought a very small profit.

In addition, the cars of this brand are the most balanced. These are not my words, and worldwide recognition of journalists, bloggers and owners of Porsche cars. My experience with these cars has left only the most positive impression. First and foremost, because of their balance. They can go around the city and on the track, and even outside the city do not feel as bad as many others.

The Legendary Porsche 356

Even before Ferdinand Porsche started to produce cars under his own name, he has worked on such projects as the Auto Union racing and the famous Volkswagen Kafer, better known as ”beetle”. Later were the legendary 356, and funny 914, and 944 dude, and even claimed many lives coupe Spider. They didn’t have arc security, and not even the most severe accidents rarely end well.

The Porsche Spider is the first generation that left no chance for the driver and passenger in the event of a rollover.

Most people famous, of course, models such as the 911, Boxter, 996, Carrera GT, which appeared relatively recently (in the scale of history of the company), Cayenne and Panamera. At the same time, in the company’s history were almost all types of engines, including are, inline-and V-shaped. Now there are a number of electric motors. But, in the company’s history this is not the first experience with electric traction.

What we have raced with the Porsche

Despite all the sportiness of Porsche cars, they cannot be called regulars at the track. Amateurs and semi-professionals often rolls their charged 996 on the track at track days, but it’s not a professional competition.

This “cuttlefish” won the Dakar.

Of the major races, except for a few monoclass, you can celebrate Le Mans and even the Dakar. At Le Mans, Porsche is the record number of victories in the championship of constructors. On account 19 of victories in LMP1 and GT categories. So could not even invincible one time Audi. In Dakar, the results are more modest, but in 1984 the crew Matia Renee and Dominic Lemoyne was able not just to finish in the prizes, but also to occupy the top step of the podium. His victory they won on a specially prepared Porsche 911.

The prototype Porsche 919 Hybrid in the LMP1 category limanowski

Even in Formula 1 on account of the Porsche is winning. The most pleasant period for the company can be considered the mid-80s, when the Germans were developing engines for McLaren, who at the time took two constructors and three world titles. The team at that time was made by the legendary Alain Prost, Ayrton Senna, Niki Lauda and Keke Rosberg, who, however, has not made great strides with this team, though, at that time was already a world champion.

Niki Lauda, three — time Formula 1 world champion. The look of a true champion.

Porsche in Formula E

In 2012, the FIA (international Federation of Motorsports) and the group of enthusiasts had the idea of creating a separate class of competition for electric cars. A year later at the Frankfurt motor show was shown the first prototype machines for the future of the championship, and in September 2014 launched the first phase of a new racing series called Formula E.

This racing series personally, I respect at least for what it was originally created as electric series, and sticks to its path and not trying to follow other directions, as a modern Formula 1 that tries and two chairs to sit and eat the fish. The sport, which everyone is waiting for harsh atmospheric engines volume of 2.4-3 liters and the struggle at the limit, turns into a Cup of homemakers and followers of the ”green”. The pinnacle of Motorsport — not a place for saving and trends. Sorry for the digression fan with a great experience. It was necessary to speak.

A race car needs to win a race and fall apart after crossing the finish line — Ron Dennis about how the race should go for a race car.

On the creation of cars, worked many well-known brands in motorsports. For example, McLaren commissioned the development of electronic systems and engines, Williams undertook to do the battery, and Dallara was engaged in habitual business — design racing chassis.

Electric cars Formula E struggle for E-Prix. Yes, that’s right, rather than the usual Grand Prix

At the moment in the championship they played many famous racers, some of which even took more than one season in Formula 1, and some of them have even achieved great success. For example, Felipe Massa a few seconds was a world champion while Lewis Hamilton has not made overtaking two turns to the finish and eventually finished ahead of the Brazilian at one point.

Among other famous, and not so names in the championship of Formula E can be called Lucas Di Grassi, Jean-Eric Vergne and Sam bird, Brendon Hartley, Stoffele Vandorn, being studied Buemi and many others. Although, I will add a tar spoon… to Overestimate the championship is not necessary, as some of the pilots participating in the series, only in the past was on top. Now some of them can be safely called ”downed pilots”, deejaydee his life. However, some of them in this series could very well open up.

Racing series are held in different countries on the streets. At one time there was even a stage in Moscow, near the Kremlin. Now we remembered this racing series due to the fact that with the coming season, the first race which will be held on November 22, it will participate the Porsche team.

It will look like a Porsche 99X Electric car in Formula E

Present it will be Neil, Ian and Andre Lotterer, who already worked together with Porsche hybrid in 2017. The team, in turn, has taken a logical place among the other automakers, including Audi, BMW and Jaguar. It is unlikely that they Shine big wins in his debut season, but it is too early to say, but Porsche Taycan presented yesterday to talk about the time. Especially after such a long introduction.

Browse Porsche Taycan

We do not do car reviews, but very love them, so just talk about them. In particular, today we will talk about Porsche Taycan, which I’ve been let down.

To paraphrase a famous saying, we can say that he is a bad carmaker, who dreams of becoming a leader in its segment. For this you need to be the first there, where is all the direction of their business.

No need to run to where the puck is, you have to run where it will! — Steve Jobs

At the time there was no doubt that hybrid cars is a temporary measure that was caused by the need for change and the transition to fully electric vehicles. Those machines helped to work out many of the points and zoom do electric era. This area is the place where ”the puck”. So far in this field is dominated by Tesla, but the Audi with its e-trone, and now Porsche, trying to force a fight while they are behind is not very strong.

Audi e-trone

An advantage of these manufacturers is almost bottomless budget, which can not boast of Tesla. You only have to play time. Yesterday’s move is directed at it.

Presented Porsche Taycan is typical of models of this brand look. The company did not leave him and made the car recognizable but modern. At the presentation of his role was played by mark Weber (a former pilot in the RedBull Formula 1), who led the event from the Studio and talked about all the important moments. The presentation itself was held simultaneously in Canada, Germany and China. It was supposed to symbolize the three renewable energy source — water, wind and sun.

Finally it came to the Porsche Taycan

Of the main characteristics of innovations can be noted the power, which is 761 horsepower and provides a maximum speed on the level of 260 km/h and acceleration to statni in 2.8 seconds. Torque, thus, is 1050 Nm, and a power reserve of 450 km, which is not much, but more on that later.

The novelty has already managed to pass round the North loop of the nürburgring with the result of 7 minutes, 42 seconds. For comparison, the course record belongs to prototype Porsche 919 Hibrid Evo, which Timo Bernhard, WEC rider, did it in 5 minutes, 20 seconds.

Novelty is equipped with a fully led optics front and rear. Face, as usual for electric cars, has a minimum number of holes, as cooling requires far fewer components than a car engine. There is only a small bumerangue side cutouts for brake cooling.

Lights also have the signature Porsche style with four points in the corners

Themselves ceramic brakes with energy recuperation system, and around them are 20-inch wheels with special design for better aerodynamics.

The cabin can be note the presence of four displays (one on the dashboard, two on the center console and one above the glove box for the passenger). This is the only pleasant moment for passengers. As noted, space for rear seat passengers is very small. But another to expect it is illogical.

According to journalists who already managed to sit in a Porsche Taycan, rear space is not much

Porsche Taycan better Tesla?

After the presentation, many people immediately started talking about the fact that Tesla has a serious competitor. Now the company needs to go worse and she will be very much pessimistic forecasts from the world’s motoring journalists and bloggers. In fact, I don’t think it will be so, and there are a number of reasons.

Among the main is the fact that Porsche, though, and has extensive experience in the automotive industry, but it does not have such a great experience in this new direction. This is a significant drawback, as the brainchild of Elon musk already eaten a dog on electric vehicles.

Moreover, Formula E, about which I spoke above, should start to bear fruit only after a year or two, when engineers will be able to collect sufficient data. Given that Audi is already involved in this tournament and she has hybrids, but e-trone yet not really there, it can be concluded that the electric car is difficult, even with experience. There is a high probability that the move from Porsche may fail after some time optimism they diminished.

It is not very clear how to be with the charging Porsche Taycan. On the one hand, problems should not be, but Tesla long been developing its network of Super Charge stations. They allow you to charge the car to 100 percent in half an hour. It’s not much longer than filling a car with gasoline. When it, too, must come, pay, wait and so on. And if you go to drink coffee and, sorry, to go to the toilet, Tesla is almost fully charged and will travel more than one hundred kilometers.

Tesla Model S can travel on a single charge for a couple of hundred kilometers more than a Porsche Taycan

By the way, about the maximum mileage. Have a Tesla Model S he reaches 632 km, it is Clear that it is in perfect conditions, but a similar figure for the Porsche Taycan is only 450 km. is not Enough, isn’t it? Against this background, it is possible to think about charging speed and will be very sad for Porsche.

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Yes, the Tesla Model S will not be as powerful (HP vs 518 HP 761 Porsche Taycan), acceleration is good, but not that much (3.8 secs vs 2.8), but it is enough. For an electric vehicle is more important than mileage and charging time. Here at Tesla’s all good. Especially good against the backdrop of prices which for the Porsche Taycan is 227 thousand dollars, and for Tesla Model S p100d comes to a maximum of 140 thousand dollars.

And yet Tesla has autopilot that is working successfully-though sometimes leads to tragic failures. Even statistics was that the number of accidents involving Tesla in autopilot mode and lower the number of accidents among cars that are operated manually. So, not so bad.

Autopilot Tesla brought a lot of noise among people who are not indifferent to cars.

If Porsche Taycan will be able to show good results, we’d love to, because of competition, industry and potential buyers will benefit, but so far it looks not so rosy. Especially given the fact that Tesla Model S is a big comfortable car, and the Porsche Taycan tried to make a sports car, but go for a compromise for the mass market. They had to offer a car with two rows of seats, otherwise the investment would be too risky. So they can sell more.

How many charging elektromobil via Super Supercharger

It has already been said that the TESLA can be charged very quickly at specialized charging stations. These occur more often, and called a TESLA Supercharger, and at the beginning of this year was launched and TESLA Supercharger V3. This is the third generation of charging stations, which can fill the battery of a TESLA two times faster than second generation. To achieve this effect, the output power of the current was raised from 120 KW to 145 KW. To combat the released heat was applied the liquid cooling of critical components.

In addition, the new charging station is free and can charge cars not distributing the energy between them, and charging each connected TESLA as quickly as possible. Porsche and AUDI can’t offer such, and the home charger looks very questionable way, as it requires a connection car for up to eight hours. Sometimes, if the network fails, need to pull in a separate house connection. During this time, Tesla can charge, drive 600 miles, and recharged. It turns out, Porsche is only suitable for the “circled-circled the area”? So…

For optimization of the charging process there is also the On-Route Battery Warmup. Thanks to the battery when the car is approaching to the charging station, heated to the optimum temperature. This allows another 25 percent to reduce the charging time of the car. Fiction and only.

Taycan is better than a Porsche regular Porsche

As usual, there is no escape from the comparison of the electric car and a car with a combustion engine. In the case of the second we have a lot of advantages, from fast fill to more autonomy.

But the undoubted advantage of any electric car is the ease of operation and maintenance due to the absence of many nodes. Also ”trains” have better aerodynamics, as there is no need of a large number of vents for cooling.

Taycan pre-production Porsche on the track

At this stage the characteristics are difficult to identify a clear leader. And those and other cars has certain advantages, but there is one thing that personally really bugs me in General, if to speak about the direction of automotive development.

Why I don’t like electric cars

We can already see that cars with electric motors in General close to each other. Even beginners on the market offer relatively similar features. Most likely, the next advantage will only shrink. In the end, we get the picture, in which producers will become of the designers in the Studio. They will only offer the design and different ”buns” in the cabin.

The rest of the car will almost cease to differ. Lost of the benefits of transmission, engine features and more. It’s very sad, though inevitable. Now manufacturers have almost ceased to produce cars with a manual transmission, which I love, but was forced to buy a car ”on automatic”. A similar situation will happen with electric cars. The growth in the number of such machines will be less gas stations, less petrol and this direction will be bent. For us, oldskulschikov, it’s not very good, but for environmental good. Well… good luck to the guys from Porsche and other companies working in this direction.

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