This classic Porsche 911 is fully electric
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This classic Porsche 911 is fully electric

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Speaker 1: The year is 2121. The second robot war has ended in per victory for humanity and an uneasy eerie piece. Few are left and nature is slowly reclaiming what she sees as rightfully hers. The oil reserves have long since run dry internal combustion engines are no longer [00:00:30] viable. Sun, wind and waves are providing. Most of the electricity cars are scarce. Most see them merely as transport, but there is a band of people for whom are Porsche Ferrari or Benley will never be solely utilitarian. They are the ever art, although it pains them tos strip flat six and V 12 hearts from icons supplanting their Inns with batteries and electric motors. [00:01:00] At least things like this 9 64 can still move hidden away on an old military compound left over from the battle of windows 21. It is a closely guarded treasure. It's mostly deserted around here. You do have to keep an eye out for Androids turns out they dream of electric cars, not sheep. Speaker 1: [00:01:30] The question is in a world where you cannot have an internal combustion engine. Is there any point in having a classic car like this? Of course, you've got the looks. I mean, it is as stunning looking thing still this nicely sort of still recognizably 9 64, but with some subtle updates, you'll no doubt have noticed the 9 93 wing mirrors and door handles. But in fact, the whole body is taken back to bare metal and then wider arches are fitted along with a new bonnet [00:02:00] and doors all in carbon fiber. This helps to keep the weight down to around 1400 kilos, which is actually slightly lighter than the original figure for the Tiptronic that this was born from. Then there's the size of this. I mean, it's nicely small as you expect is what the upright screen here. You get all those cues that you would expect from an old nine 11 in order to convert this. Speaker 1: You've got battery packs in the front and battery packs in the rear and the weight distribution is 60, 40 rear [00:02:30] front. So it's still a very nine 11 weight distribution. And I like that. It's not totally nine 11 because in fact, the bashing packs are sort of further in board of the, the rear axle. So's a more, Caman probably in terms of this weight distribution, but there's definitely a bit of nine 11 about it. And actually one of the things I really like about this is this has got every artist's optional suspension on it. So it's attractive suspension system. And down here, you can switch [00:03:00] it basically, however you want. So you got front rear and pitch and roll that you can change between five different settings for each of them in a car where the drive train really doesn't give you many options. This certainly does. Speaker 1: I've really, really enjoyed actually playing around with this adjusting the balance. My preferred setting's been well, it's different, the front bit softer and rear cuz that just gives you more of that nine 11 feel you get to really sort of play with the front [00:03:30] end. This car is on pretty big guitars, front and rear and it's cup two. So you have to be going roads really quickly to overcome just, just all the grip that's available to that extent. I think I'd probably prefer, I don't know. I'd like to try an old nine level with skinnier tires just to sort of, because then you get all the enjoyment from the handling. The steering is pretty heavy on this and initially it feels like there is sort of, well, it feels like the stake can wait for feel, but [00:04:00] as you get quicker, that's when you really do get a nice sense of how the tiles loading. Speaker 1: And I think it's just because this has got such big tires that actually you need the speed to sort of overcome sort of the fundamental grip I suppose. And actually then get that feedback, get them working, get the chassis, moving around a little of course, if why you like cars like this is because of performance then. Well, this certainly delivers with 500 [00:04:30] brake horsepower and 369 pounds foot of talk that's respectively the same and slightly more than in the latest 9 92 GT three plus Les of traction from the 2 9, 5, 6 rear tires and qua limited slip diff it'll do not to 60 miles an hour in Speaker 1: Under four seconds. So quick enough, [00:05:00] that's actually still just on comfortable side as well. It it's quick enough to give you a, a bit of a thrill, but doesn't give you that sort of, oh, I've lost my stomach kind of feeling, which is quite nice. The breaking on this is interesting because you slow down, animat lower speeds. You've got very much a, a one pedal sort of operation. So around town use it like that. But then as you get faster, it relies much more on a normal breaking system because you don't really want that one pedal certainly in this [00:05:30] car where you still have got a very much nine 11 balance. The region and throttle mappings are all in ongoing development to give owners more options such as race mode or even an economy mode talk here, which with a 53 kilowat hour battery, it has a claimed range of around 150 miles and it will charge it up to a hundred. Speaker 1: Kilowats the interior to this. It's nice. This is still a prototype. And certainly I think there are some sort of trim things that you'd like to see neatened up given how much [00:06:00] money you're gonna pay for one of these. Having said that I like the fact they've sort of kept a layout of all dos here, but then, but they're all reading different things to what you'd expect, basically a lot from the clock up here. Overall, it's a little hard to judge because this is a process type of a 250,000 pound conversion. And some bits are clearly a work in progress. One of the things I'm not quite sure about is this, leave it down here, which you used to select neutral drive or reverse. I like the fact that it's there because it's [00:06:30] much easier than buttons for example, but yes, it's just not quite as solid as you'd expect given that this is a Porsche. Speaker 1: I think it would be nicer if it was a bit, bit slicker somehow, given that this is an electric car, it is still quite noisy in here. You get the wind noise. I mean, this is gutless, but you get the tire noise as well. And there are certainly plunks from the suspension as well. So it's not an entirely quiet experie, [00:07:00] which is actually quite reassuring in a way what you can do is make use of ever art's sound generation system, which provides synthesized engine noises. I'm not averse to the general idea, but in this form, it sounds too fake to me and just reminds me that there is an absence with an ever art. There's no denying that you are missing a large part of the character from a car like this. There's there's no getting away from it. I'm not about to say that I would rather have this than [00:07:30] well, a normal 9, 6, 4 with a lovely flat six in the bag. I suppose the analogy I've been thinking of is with food. Imagine, well, you could get fantastic food in a packet that tasted wonderful, smelled amazing as you opened it up, but there was just no texture to it. Think of Willy won's chewing gum. Very clever, not unpleasant yet. Not quite right somehow, but equally I do still get enjoyment from driving a car through a corner like that. The front end [00:08:00] feeling the rear towards traction. If I can't have an internal combustion engine, I still want to drive. Speaker 1: And I think I'd rather do it in something like this. To me, what this 9 64 by ever he highlights is that with EV drive trains being so one dimensional, even more attention needs to be paid to the other parts of a sports car that are capable of providing [00:08:30] character. Of course, at the moment we don't live in gated brutalist compounds in a post apocalyptic world. We live here in 2021 where internal combustion engines still exist, but EVs are on the rise. And so the point still stands. I want character in the cars of the future. Oh. And remember, watch out for the robots.

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