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I Sing the Body Electric . . . . . . . .
Posted By: Sailor, 02-11-2021, 05:13 PM

. . . . . . . . or, you're gonna a get a charge outta this.

When I picked up my new 911 last week, I snapped a couple of shots of Porsche's electrically powered Taycans. It's ironic that Ferdinand Porsche's first automotive design was an all electric car sold (in very small numbers) in the late 19th century - long before his son, Ferry Porsche, started building Porsche sports cars shortly after World War II. It's back to the future!

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02-14-2021, 07:05 AM   #16
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Beautiful lines on those Taycans but what's up with the grill openings in the nose???
Beats me, Larry. I suspect the two on each side of the bumper are there to force cooling air onto brakes (just a guess). There's gotta be a heat exchanger for the A/C somewhere too. ??????

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Now that I think about it I'd like the soundtrack of a Porsche 917 at full chat.
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Now that I think about it I'd like the soundtrack of a Porsche 917 at full chat.
Hey, Steve - I can't play you a soundtrack of a 917, but I can give you some pics of a 918 hybrid I shot three years ago. I can't remember whether I posted these earlier.

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Those Pipes though!!!


Hang up and DRIVE!

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You may be right, Rob - the Mirai is still an 'electric' car (good looking too), but the electrons moving along all the wires are generated by a different route than is the case with cars like the Tesla and the Taycan. And you're right - if people want fast cars without internal combustion, the industry will produce them whether they're electric or powered by hamsters on a treadmill; it may take awhile, but they'll get it done. Thanks for the kind words about the pics.
Electric motors have instant torque and no need for gears. One day the car races will be like the old scalextric models.

Formula E already exists.


I just wish I could convince the coal-powered idiots in our government to support hydrogen. Australia also has huge reserves of lithium.


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EVs would be okay if they had a naturally aspirated Porsche GT3 or Ferrari V12 soundtrack when driving a twisty two lane road.
There's a device that plugs into a car power socket and transmits sports car engine sounds to the FM radio. I don't think it would work in an electric car though.
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Hi Jer.Got any shots of the horrible weather hitting Texas.How is it in your neck of the woods?--Capn Zap.
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Hi Jer.Got any shots of the horrible weather hitting Texas.How is it in your neck of the woods?--Capn Zap.
Hey Capn - it's bloody cold for us (currently 19F)! Not much stuff on the ground here in Lake Jackson, owing to our proximity to the coast, so nothing interesting to photograph really.

It's amazing how "soft" we've become after 25 years in SE Texas. When we lived in Boston, central Ohio and mid-Michigan, a winter's day like this would be routine, but down here it's a major event. Nobody knows how to drive on snowy streets, and our cold-resistance is non-existent. When we lived in Michigan, I took a power walk every day before work as long as the temperature was 15F or above. Sounds crazy to me now.

Fortunately we are forecast to see low 70s in a few days.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Sailor Quote
Hey, Steve - I can't play you a soundtrack of a 917, but I can give you some pics of a 918 hybrid I shot three years ago. I can't remember whether I posted these earlier.

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Hey Jer, how come you didn't get one of those?

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Electric motors have instant torque and no need for gears. One day the car races will be like the old scalextric models.

Formula E already exists.

I just wish I could convince the coal-powered idiots in our government to support hydrogen. Australia also has huge reserves of lithium.
Electric cars will need less routine maintenance, as well - something that trucking companies are keen to realize.

I'm vaguely familiar with Formula E - Porsche is competing (or trying to) in that series - but I don't know much about it.

In any case, my friend, electric is the future, for sure.

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Biggest problem I have with electric cars is the use of computers and associated screens. These are fine whilst they are new but, if anything should go wrong with them it can cost a fortune to get fixed (a case in point is the failing screens on Tesla model Xs). Granted modern ICE cars can be plagued with eletrical issues as well, but I think we have seen the end of the days when enthusiasts can keep cars on the road almost indefinately.
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Hey Jer, how come you didn't get one of those?
Hey, Steve, if I had your money, I would have!!

I photographed this car in 2018 at a Porsche Club concours; the guy that owned it also entered a Carrera GT and a 959 - around 2.5 million bucks worth of cars. He seemed totally comfortable with people milling around them and looking in 'em. A cool customer - I would have been hyperventilating!

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Biggest problem I have with electric cars is the use of computers and associated screens. These are fine whilst they are new but, if anything should go wrong with them it can cost a fortune to get fixed (a case in point is the failing screens on Tesla model Xs). Granted modern ICE cars can be plagued with eletrical issues as well, but I think we have seen the end of the days when enthusiasts can keep cars on the road almost indefinately.
You raise a good point, but it's dangerous to assume that the state of current technology will remain static - it won't, and I'm betting the reliability of these systems will increase while their cost will decrease as electric cars become commonplace.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Sailor Quote
Electric cars will need less routine maintenance, as well - something that trucking companies are keen to realize.
That makes sense. The low end torque of electric motors would be ideal for trucks, also. I think fully automated electric trucks are being used in some mining operations.


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I'm vaguely familiar with Formula E - Porsche is competing (or trying to) in that series - but I don't know much about it.
Likewise - just saying that electric motors don't spell an end to motorsport.


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In any case, my friend, electric is the future, for sure.
I'm looking forward to not having to breathe the stink of diesels in traffic jams!


QuoteOriginally posted by stevejo Quote
Biggest problem I have with electric cars is the use of computers and associated screens. These are fine whilst they are new but, if anything should go wrong with them it can cost a fortune to get fixed (a case in point is the failing screens on Tesla model Xs). Granted modern ICE cars can be plagued with eletrical issues as well, but I think we have seen the end of the days when enthusiasts can keep cars on the road almost indefinately.
Most cars these days are dependent on computers, especially for the operation of the engine management. I only need to listen to my car sounding like a diesel when it starts before it warms up enough to change the way it operates. Ironically, management of a battery and electric motor ought to be much simpler than an internal combustion engine.
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