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      Porsche annonce une nouvelle version de la Taycan, la plus rapide de toutes

      news.movim.eu / JournalDuGeek · Thursday, 8 February - 07:30

    Porsche Taycan Turbo S

    Plus rapide, plus endurante, la nouvelle version de la Porsche Taycan devrait donner un coup de fouet aux ventes.
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      Here’s the production version of Porsche’s first electric Macan SUV

      news.movim.eu / ArsTechnica · Thursday, 25 January - 12:30 · 1 minute

    A pair of Macan EVs with dramatic light effects overlayed.

    Enlarge / On the left, the 2024 Porsche Macan 4, on the right, the 2024 Porsche Macan Turbo. Both are electric. (credit: Porsche)

    This morning, Porsche unveiled its next Macan SUV. It has dropped internal combustion engines in the process—the new Macan is entirely battery electric, built on a dedicated EV platform. We've been following the car's development for some time, but today's news fills in a lot of the gaps, and it's the first time we've seen the Macan not covered in camouflage. Porsche is launching with two specifications. There's a Macan 4 that starts at $78,800, and a Macan Turbo starting at $105,300.

    Last year Ars took a dive into the engineering that has gone into the new Macan and its underlying architecture, a new platform called PPE or Premium Platform Electric. Developed together with Audi, it uses an 800 V powertrain that's an incremental improvement upon the one you'd find in a Porsche Taycan.

    We also already know it's fun to drive , especially the Macan Turbo. Rear-wheel steering makes it very nimble, and the two-valve dampers do a good job of making you think the car weighs less than it does. The Macan 4 isn't a slouch and can send up to 402 hp (300 kW) and 479 lb-ft (650 Nm) to its wheels, so launching up a highway on-ramp to 60 mph should take 4.9 seconds.

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      Le nouvel Apple CarPlay sera d’abord disponible dans des voitures hors de prix

      news.movim.eu / Numerama · Thursday, 21 December - 10:29

    Le déploiement d'Apple CarPlay 2.0 va commencer, d'abord chez Porsche et Aston Martin. Dans les deux cas, l'interface fait vraiment rêver.

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      Porsche gives Ars a look inside its next EV: the all-electric Macan

      news.movim.eu / ArsTechnica · Monday, 11 December - 23:01 · 1 minute

    Three prototype Macans drive on a test track

    Enlarge / Porsche's all-electric Macan is almost on sale. (credit: Porsche)

    Porsche provided flights from Washington to Leipzig and accommodation so we could visit the Porsche factory and learn about the new Macan, as well as try out the new Panamera . Ars does not accept paid editorial content.

    LEIPZIG, Germany—The Porsche Macan has carved out a rather solid reputation for itself over the years, bringing hot hatch-like driving fun to the premium midsize crossover segment. Next year there's an all-new Macan, an entirely electric one that makes use of a new EV platform shared with corporate sibling Audi. Earlier this summer we spent a few hours driving prototype Macan EVs around Los Angeles , but at the time Porsche was being tight-lipped in terms of technical details. Now, on a visit to the factory in Germany where the cars will be made, we've learned a little more.

    PPE

    The new Macan is one of the first EVs to utilize Premium Platform Electric, which Porsche is developing together with Audi . Other PPE-based EVs due in the near future include the Audi Q6 e-tron SUV, A6 e-tron sedan , and maybe even a station wagon , and if you click some of those links you'll find deadlines that have come and gone sometime in the past.

    That's because development of PPE hasn't gone quite as smoothly as everyone at Volkswagen Group would have hoped. A significant factor in that has been software-related trouble at CARIAD, VW Group's new software division . But the first PPE cars are headed to market soon, and in the case of the Macan, with more than 1.8 million miles (3 million km) of testing under its tires.

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      The return of GTP racing to IMSA gets a big thumbs-up from fans

      news.movim.eu / ArsTechnica · Tuesday, 21 November - 12:00 · 1 minute

    #59: Proton Competition, Porsche 963, GTP: Harry Tincknell, Gianmaria Bruni, Neel Jani races through Turn 12 during the 26th Annual Petit Le Mans race on October 14, 2023 at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta in Braselton, Georgia.

    Enlarge / A Porsche 963, one of the four different kinds of hybrid prototype racing cars built to the LMDh rules, running in IMSA's GTP class at the 2023 Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta in October. (credit: David J. Griffin/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

    IMSA provided flights from Washington, DC, to Atlanta and four nights in a hotel so we could attend Petit Le Mans. Ars does not accept paid editorial content.

    The crowd streamed onto the track before the race, seizing their last chance to see the brightly liveried cars up close. Daytona had been busy in January, but the crowd at Road Atlanta seemed even larger. To be honest, though, the race the fans were here to see would not be one for the ages. A 52-car grid packed into just 2.8 miles of race track promised potential trouble, and the 10-hour race saw 14 interruptions by the safety car, never getting into a rhythm. But I’m not sure that mattered much; the main draw for many in attendance that Saturday was simply seeing this new era of hybrid prototypes in person, and on that score, everyone left with smiles.

    We’ve spilled plenty of pixels over the past 18 months or so delving into some of the minutiae of this new class of racing car, variously known as LMDh or GTP . Briefly, these are purpose-built racing cars, which start with a carbon-fiber spine from one of four racecar constructors and then add an engine, bodywork, and software from one of the four OEMs that participate, and then the same Xtrac gearbox, Williams Advanced Engineering lithium-ion battery, and Bosch electric motor as a way to keep development costs reasonable.

    The rules purposely limit the amount of aerodynamic downforce a car can generate relative to the amount of drag it creates, and they positively encourage each car maker to give these race cars styling that calls out to their road-going products.

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      BMW, Subaru and Porsche drivers ‘more likely to cause a crash’, study finds

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Saturday, 11 November - 07:00

    Research found speeding or jumping a red light less likely in a Skoda or Hyundai than in brands sold as ‘performance driving’

    What came first, the boy racer or the sports car? Academics have called for further research into the marketing of cars after analysis of UK accident data suggested that drivers of certain brands are more likely than others to cause a crash.

    A study of more than 400,000 UK road accidents found that when “risky or aggressive manoeuvres” played a part in collisions, there was a significant statistical difference in driver culpability across different brands.

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      10 examples of technology going from the racetrack to the road

      news.movim.eu / ArsTechnica · Monday, 16 October - 12:27 · 1 minute

    A garage full of Porsche race cars. A blue 550 is in the foreground

    Enlarge / The Porsche Museum brought plenty of its toys to Laguna Seca for Rennsport Reunion 7 in September 2023. (credit: Jonathan Gitlin)

    Porsche provided flights from Washington, DC, to San Jose and four nights in a hotel so we could attend Rennsport Reunion 7 at Laguna Seca. Ars does not accept paid editorial content.

    MONTEREY, CALIF.—Few car brands have managed to stake out the kind of mindshare occupied by Porsche. Celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, the company just held its seventh Rennsport Reunion, a car show crossed with a race meet at the Laguna Seca racetrack in Northern California. It drew a crowd of more than 90,000 Porschephiles at the end of September.

    From its start in the aftermath of World War II, Porsche has concentrated on using clever engineering to make cars for people who like to drive. Much of that clever engineering was first proven at the racetrack before making the jump to something a bit more road-legal. And almost all of it was on display at Rennsport Reunion, from early engines with twin spark plugs and early experiments with aerodynamics through turbocharging, hybrids, and now extremely high-performance EVs.

    The early days

    The first Porsche-designed racing cars predate the family firm and date back to 1934 and the fearsome Auto Union V16 . But the first factory-built Porsche racing car took five years to follow the company's first road car , which appeared in 1948. When Porsche started building 356s, customers started racing them in sprints, hill climbs, and long-distance races, complete with pleas to the factory to see if it couldn't deliver a little more power, particularly from American owners.

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      Porsche’s Macan EV comes out in 2024—we drive the prototype

      news.movim.eu / ArsTechnica · Monday, 9 October - 22:01 · 1 minute

    Several black Porsche Macan prototypes drive east away from the setting sun

    Enlarge / The 2024 Porsche Macan is still months away from going on sale, but Porsche let us drive the prototype in Los Angeles this summer. (credit: Porsche)

    Porsche provided flights from Washington, DC, to Los Angeles and two nights in a hotel so we could drive the prototype Macan. Ars does not accept paid editorial content.

    MARINA DEL REY, Calif.—Porsche's plans to electrify 80 percent of its product range by 2030 requires the German automaker to offer more than just Taycans. Other than the 911, which probably won't be a battery-electric vehicle (unless and) until solid-state batteries alter the energy-to-mass calculations, that means everything else in the lineup will need to trade engine, exhaust, and fuel tank for a battery pack and an electric motor or two. And it's starting with its second-best-selling model, the Macan crossover.

    An all-new Macan arrives in showrooms next year for model year 2024 and will confusingly coexist for some time alongside the current gas-burning Macan, which recently went through its midlife refresh. The new version is entirely electric, however, and will be built on a new 800 V architecture called Premium Platform Electric, being developed by Porsche together with its corporate sibling, Audi.

    Spy shots of barely disguised Macan EVs have been circulating for some time as Porsche puts on its finishing touches. Some of those test cars have even been spotted here in the US; a couple of years ago, it decided to develop local market prototypes. For our market, that means things like making sure the satellite radio works and that the advanced driver assistance system (or ADAS) can read our road signs and knows that on US highways, faster traffic rarely sticks to the leftmost lane.

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      As some carmakers run from Apple CarPlay, Porsche embraces it

      news.movim.eu / ArsTechnica · Wednesday, 4 October - 16:23 · 1 minute

    A Porsche Cayenne infotainment screen showing the My Porsche app

    Enlarge / Porsche is the first automaker to expose car functions like climate and lighting via Apple's automaker toolkit for CarPlay. (credit: Jonathan Gitlin)

    Porsche provided flights from Washington, DC, to San Jose and four nights in a hotel so we could attend Rennsport Reunion 7 at Laguna Seca. Ars does not accept paid editorial content.

    The introduction of Apple CarPlay in 2016 was a game-changer. Until then, connecting your phone to your car meant bothering with Bluetooth, and if you wanted to use a smartphone navigation app, you probably needed some kind of phone holder clipped to an air vent or suction-cupped to the dashboard. Being able to cast your phone's screen to the car's infotainment system turned out to be extremely popular, and by 2020, it was a feature that almost half of all new car buyers wanted .

    This has not sat well with every automaker; in March of this year, General Motors made headlines —and generated a lot of comments—when it announced it was killing off support for casting interfaces (both CarPlay and Android Auto) from its future products. But where GM saw a threat, Porsche saw an opportunity. And now it has built a new iOS app, making use of an Automaker toolkit provided by Apple. This little-known feature is only offered to OEMs and allows them freedom beyond the restrictive user interface guidelines laid down by Apple.

    Porsche's customer research found that the overwhelming majority of its customers have iPhones and prefer using them for things like navigation. "Obviously, you have to switch back and forth to control some features around media, for example, some more specific features around climate," explained Cyril Dorsaz, principal product manager at Porsche Digital. "And ultimately, we learned through customer research that this is something that our customers are not really happy with."

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