Porsche Taycan will be the name of the firm’s first all-electric car. It had already been presented as the Porsche Mission E in the concept of form.
The name, confirmed by the CEO of the company Oliver Blume as part of Porsche’s celebration of the 70th birthday, is said to translate loosely as “living, young horse” from a Eurasian dialect – a nod to the farm of the ridge, which presented a horse jumping since 1952.
The new after the release of the first car pictures of the Taycan the last month, which showed the electric sports car driven at the pace of Mark Webber around the brand of the test track at Weissach.
In the video, the Formula 1, the winner of the race and 2015, the World Endurance Champion demonstrates the all-electric car’s agility and traction on the technical implementation page, indicating that it is a “game-changer”.
Webber also announced that the car was “600hp”, which is equivalent to 592bhp, confirming the speculation that its lithium-ion battery-powered by dual electric motor architecture rank of the Mission E second only to the 911 GT2 RS to the power.
This output should give the car, which Webber admits is “heavier” than a standard Porsche because of its electric motor, a 0-62mph time of around three and a half seconds. It is expected to have a range of at least 300 km.
Even if it isn’t due for reveal until 2019, before arriving in showrooms by 2020, Porsche has already accumulated thousands of kilometres of testing in mules seem to be much more advanced than the normal cars at this stage of their development process.
With new so-called J1 architecture that will quick-charge to 80% in only 15 minutes, the Taycan will arrive on the market with one of the most high-tech powertrains used on an electric car yet. The brand’s first EV will be a function of 800V charging technology, which is planned for the future of the car for several years after, he arrives on the market.
The Taycan of four seats of the interior suggests that it will be more closely, in terms of character, with the Panamera than pure sports cars like the 911. But the Taycan is floor-mounted batteries should give a very low centre of gravity to allow hunkered-down handling which is comparable with the more concentrated of the performance of the machines.
The central location of the batteries and twin-motor set-up will also give the car the technical architecture of the best front-to-rear weight balance than the combustion engine cars, potentially allowing Porsche’s engineers to soften the car’s anti-roll bars to help ride without affecting the handling.
More recently photographed testing of the car has been towed by a Cayenne. Bbreakdowns are frequent during the early phases of testing. Some of the spotted cars have been carrying exhaust exit them which were false, and fitted to hide the car’s identity. A panel of autonomous sensors has also been seen in the car’s nose, nestled between what appears to be two sets of louvres in the bottom of the grille. These can be opened to allow the battery and the cooling of the brakes.
The car development is led by Stefan Weckbach, who has already led the product strategy and, more recently, has been responsible for the development of the Boxster.
The future Tesla Model S rival J1 structure is one of three new electric car platforms developed in the Porsche of the parent company, the Volkswagen Group. The J1 structure is described as being different in the construction of the C-BEV platform scheduled to underpin the sister brand Audi’s future E-tron SUV, which is due to reveal later this year.
“The J1 has a low floor, while the C-BEV is built differently with an upper floor which is suitable for an SUV,” said the president of the company Oliver Blume.
In spite of the differences in construction, Blume has also confirmed that the production version of the Taycan and E-tron will be a similar feature lithium ion battery technology.
The details are scarce, but Porsche is rumored to collaborate with the Japanese electronics company Hitachi on the system, which Blume describes as the key to ensure the’15-minute fast-charge capability.
Blume has also confirmed that Porsche plans for the Taycan have Level 4 driving technology autonomous (self-driving in almost all situations, with the driver’s attention is not needed), but denied that it would allow for fully autonomous driving on long distances. “There are situations in traffic, where you can read a newspaper, but our customers get pleasure of driving and this will remain,” he said.
In addition, Porsche is working on providing the Taycan with a software program that will enable over-the-air updates, such as those pioneered by Tesla, the Model S. “It will be possible to work with over-the-air ‘ options,” said Blume. “It is not yet decided, but it could be possible to charge with more power. For example, when you have 400bhp, it might be possible to upgrade to 450bhp.”
His observations suggest that Porsche is planning Taycan as a line-up of models with different levels of performance similar to the strategy of the company with its 718 Boxster/Cayman, 911, Panamera, Macan and Cayenne pepper beaches. The brand is using the Taycan spearhead the growth of its investments, which have reached £5.3 billion in EV technology. A portion of this money has enabled us to develop a plug-in hybrid version of the new generation of 911.
Porsche has revealed a more robust version of the Taycan at the Geneva motor show. The Mission E of the Cross-Turismo concept is based on the same platform, but raises the height and adds a succession of body. This version is expected to arrive on roads by 2021.
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