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Tom K.

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I've grown weary of the "EV Or No EV" thread, but as a car guy, I love all things automotive, so I thought it would be fun to have a thread on the vehicles themselves, and what we like and don't like about them.

To start, I love the look of Rivians, and as a skier, that pass through compartment with the little fold-down jump seats really appeals. But.....the truck version needs a slightly longer bed for me.

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Fear at the prospect of having to wait an whole our to do it again?

Dude, respectfully, that is for the other thread! ;) This one is pointedly not intended to argue whether they are the second coming or the devil himself.

Here, I'm looking more for "hey this a cool car from an engineering and features standpoint, and here's why I think that".

I'm sure SkiTalkers like @dovski, @afadeev, @cantunamunch, @James and others have plenty to contribute.
 

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This is pretty outrageous. A concept right now for Porsche’s 75th anniversary, good chance they’ll produce it. The mission is to beat the Mercedes hyper car lap time on the Nurburgring with a full electric.
I get the sense Porsche considers that their track.

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Some people are afraid of the dark... :huh: boogeyman
Jimmie Johnson found driving at night on slicks in a downpour…frightening. He’s 47.


"It was frightening, especially how it took place – there was a pop-up shower at the start of the lap and it was just pouring," said Johnson. "I came around a corner on slicks and it was just a downpour. But we brought the car around and put wets on it to really try to understand how the wets would perform. We probably ran 2-3 too many laps on the wets and it really fell apart once the track started to dry. We put the slicks back on and we were the fastest GT-style car on the track and were running the guys down."

“I tried (to prepare for these conditions) in the sim, but they can’t simulate rain like it really is. The night time (sim) driving was pretty useful and worked out well, but the sim is easy because you can’t get hurt. You just hit reset and you’re back on the track. Real life, real fear, real consequences make a big difference.”

 

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Fear at the prospect of having to wait an whole our to do it again?

1). Why would you wait an hour to do it again? Age is catching up with you (what are we talking about here, again)?
2). Why would you fear something like that anyway?

A concept right now for Porsche’s 75th anniversary, good chance they’ll produce it. The mission is to beat the Mercedes hyper car lap time on the Nurburgring with a full electric.

Mission X looks good, and will be tons of fun. Too bad it will be priced as a hyper-car.

I get the sense Porsche considers that their track.

Obsession over Nurburgring lap times is a European thing. And especially a German thing.
Old Nurburgring F1 track is outdated, unsafe, and no longer used for racing. It is, however, open to the public on most days, and anyone can drive it on a public day for either Euro 25 or 30. It's an interesting experience of sharing a semi-public road / semi-track with a bunch of deliver vans, econoboxes, family sedans and race cars driven by folks with widely varying skill levels.
Fun thing to do once to brag to friends, but otherwise neither attractive, nor representative of any other track or public road driving experience.

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I do not know but I suspect they may have a “valet” mode or you could even geo fence it.
Yup, car has a valet mode that reduces performance, geo fences how far it can be driven from the location you set and locks the glove compartment. This feature is not unique to Tesla as both our Jeep and Toyota have a similar capability. So that scene from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off has been eliminated by modern technology lol

With Tesla you can actually go into the settings for your car and customize and/or limit pretty much all aspects of the car’s performance. Oh and forget the need to buy a LoJack as with connected cars you can see where they are and control them remotely in real time.
 

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Dude, respectfully, that is for the other thread! ;) This one is pointedly not intended to argue whether they are the second coming or the devil himself.

Here, I'm looking more for "hey this a cool car from an engineering and features standpoint, and here's why I think that".

I'm sure SkiTalkers like @dovski, @afadeev, @cantunamunch, @James and others have plenty to contribute.
Respectfully it was a joke. I forgot the sarcasm font..
 
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For my own part, I'd just as rather EVs be vastly different shapes. Ben Bowlby's/AMR/Nissan Deltawing would be a good insipration.

$.02 - can I keep the change from the nickel?
 

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I think the frunk is an interesting development that most car makers will eventually be able to manage. All of a sudden you can store stuff under the hood. That’s pretty cool.

The Germans are currently having difficulty with that. VW- no frunk. The Mercedes EQ vehicles you can’t even open the hood without tools,. So the hood is meant for opening by dealer only.There’s a cabin filter in there the size of a small furnace filter.
I suppose when they come out with their ev chassis from the ground up, they should get a frunk.

Hopefully, some of these small start ups will actually get to make some vehicles. At least there’s some creativity going on. That’s what is so disappointing with the VW ID Buzz. Looks cool, but doesn’t go much beyond that. They did the same with the Bug in the 2000’s. The next redo after that one isn’t even worth talking about.

Speaking of frunks, US startup Bollinger patented a pass through. Even has a frunkgate.
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Suv version.
Bollinger was bought , 60%?, by Mullen Motors

Canoo is quite interesting in their small truck that could carry more than most pickups on the road in weight and length, yet is smaller. The military version with smaller cab is pretty cool.
 

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