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    Porsche to use Mobileye’s “SuperVision” system in future cars / ArsTechnica · Tuesday, 9 May - 15:31

An illustration showing a car under a dust sheet, with the porsche and mobileye logos

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Future production Porsches will use an advanced sensor suite from Mobileye, the two companies announced on Tuesday. Called "SuperVision," it uses a mix of cameras and radar sensors and will enable a range of advanced driver-assistance systems (better known as ADAS) in coming models, including functions like hands-free traffic jam assists.

You may be familiar with Mobileye from its relationship with Tesla; the electric vehicle maker was one of its many customers for vision-based ADAS systems, which Tesla then started tweaking to turn into Autopilot. That relationship ended in a high-profile spat in 2016, with the Israeli technology company accusing Tesla of being cavalier with safety —a reasonable accusation in light of the many open federal safety investigations into Tesla's driver assists.

The following year, Mobileye was bought by Intel and has continued to be the largest player in the ADAS market .

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    F1 wants to ban tire heaters—here’s why that’s a good idea / ArsTechnica · Monday, 1 May - 21:06 · 1 minute

The rear of the Red Bull RB19 Formula 1 car on the track in Baku

Enlarge / This is the rear of the Red Bull RB19. I can't find a good photo of it with the DRS flap open, but the bit that says Oracle drops down flat, reducing the amount of drag the wing causes and increasing the car's top speed. (credit: Bryn Lennon - Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)

Formula 1 held its annual street race in Azerbaijan this past weekend. With its very high-speed track, the city of Baku has seen some rather exciting racing. But that was not the case this year, which proved more soporific than Ambien. But at least one other race was truly entertaining this weekend, as the World Endurance Championship visited Belgium. Watching the two makes me think it's time for F1 to drop a couple of the driver assists.

Part 1: The case for banning DRS

F1's problem this year is one it often suffers from. One team has designed a better car than anyone else, and assuming that team—Red Bull Racing—stays reliable, it's almost certain to win both the drivers' and constructors' championships. It's not Red Bull's fault it did a much better job than anyone else this year, but its advantage is magnified by a techno-crutch that was added to the sport some years ago to try to increase overtaking.

It's called DRS (drag reduction system), and it was introduced in 2011 to address the problem of one F1 car not being able to follow another closely enough through a corner that it could then build up the necessary speed to overtake.

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    How a beloved classic Porsche became a Transformer / ArsTechnica · Tuesday, 28 March - 15:43 · 1 minute

The front of a silver porsche 911

Enlarge / How did one of the rarest 911s end up becoming a Transformer? (credit: Stef Schrader)

"I didn't know what car Mirage was going to be at first," said Steven Caple Jr., director of Transformers: Rise of the Beasts . "Where I'm from, in Cleveland, Ohio, I'd never even been in a Porsche before," he continued. "My actual first introduction to Porsche was Bad Boys I , so shout out to Michael Bay—that's all I really had."

Caple admitted in a panel during Austin's South by Southwest festival that the star car of the beloved action film Bad Boys inspired him to make Mirage a classic Porsche in the upcoming film. Mirage is a bit of a rebel himself, and the callback to the classic buddy-cop movie just felt right.

Fortunately, extraterrestrial Autobots won't be tempted to pull over in any sketchy places to debate the merits of in-car snacking , but this does mean they have bigger nemeses that necessitate transforming into giant robots to handle. It can be more complicated than you'd expect to make a cool Porsche into an Autobot film star, though—in fact, Porsche has a whole team that helps Hollywood studios get just the right car on the silver screen. Here's how it all comes together.

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    Voitures électriques 2021 : prix, autonomie... tous les modèles disponibles en France / Numerama · Thursday, 26 August, 2021 - 14:31

En 2021, le segment de la voiture électrique est occupé par de plus en plus de constructeurs. En France, le marché réunit plusieurs dizaines de modèles, répartis entre plusieurs marques (Renault, Ford, Peugeot, Tesla, Audi…). Voici la liste complète. [Lire la suite]

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    Here’s our first look at 2023’s electric Porsche Macan SUV / ArsTechnica · Monday, 10 May, 2021 - 14:51 · 1 minute

This morning, in an email extolling the flexibility of in silico development, Porsche sent Ars the first official images of its next Macan crossover. And this Macan, which is still a couple of years from being ready, is entirely electric. Unfortunately, the photos don't give too much away about this electric vehicle replacement to one of Porsche's biggest sellers; the prototypes are camouflaged, and that Safari-spec LED roof bar is presumably just there to help Porsche's engineers test around the clock. The four-element LED headlights are probably the real deal, though.

Porsche first revealed that the Macan would go all-electric in early 2019. The car will use a new electric vehicle architecture called PPE (Premium Platform Electric), which Porsche is developing together with corporate sibling Audi. Audi recently briefed us on one of its first PPE-derived EVs, the 2023 Audi A6 e-tron , which uses an 800 V, 100 kWh battery pack and a motor for each axle, with a combined output of 350 kW (469 hp) and 800 Nm (590 lb-ft). Although Porsche isn't ready to share its own specs yet, the A6 e-tron offers a ballpark within which we can guesstimate.

In its email, Porsche says that it has built 20 digital prototypes, with different departments conducting their own simulations. "We regularly collate the data from the various departments and use it to build up a complete, virtual vehicle that is as detailed as possible," said Porsche's Dr. Andreas Huber, who manages the digital prototypes. The aerodynamicists were among the first to start modeling the EV Macan beginning in 2017.

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    Four-point-whoa: The 2021 Porsche 718 Boxster GTS / ArsTechnica · Thursday, 7 January, 2021 - 19:00 · 1 minute

Accidentally scheduling two different appointments for the same time slot is probably something all of us have done at least once or twice. In my case, that meant mistakenly booking a pair of test cars for the same week late last year. And they couldn't have been more different cars. I've already written about the Toyota Venza— it's an attractive and efficient hybrid crossover that charmed me far more than I expected after I drove from DC to upstate New York and back. I was already expecting good things from that week's other car—a 2021 Porsche 718 Boxster GTS—yet it too exceeded them.

The 718 Boxster is the entry point into the Porsche sports car range, but there's nothing entry level about the $88,900 GTS. It sits almost at the top of the tree, between the cheaper, more everyday 718 Boxster S and the more expensive 718 Spyder, a car with which it shares an engine. Which in this case is a 4.0L flat-six, an engine that makes Porsche nerds get a little weak at the knees.

Most of Porsche's power units have turned to turbocharging in the past few years—including the lesser variants of the 718. But not this four-liter lump, which remains resolutely naturally aspirated. Installed in the GTS, it makes 394hp (294kW), 20hp less than in the stripped-out Spyder. (Both GTS and Spyder make an identical 309lb-ft/420Nm). Although the engine isn't quite as rev-happy in the GTS as in the Spyder, it's not far off—the torque peak is between 5,000-6,500rpm, and peak power arrives at 7,000rpm, with a 7,800rpm redline to call time on things.

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    Vous ne rêvez pas, Porsche a bien fabriqué cet étrange prototype de van électrique / Numerama · Saturday, 14 November, 2020 - 11:11

Porsche vient de divulguer les images d'un curieux prototype de van électrique qu'il avait imaginé en 2018, mais dont les photos n'avaient jamais été diffusées. Son look est pour le moins audacieux, mais il montre aussi comment le constructeur envisage l'innovation et la transformation de sa marque dans le temps. [Lire la suite]

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    Porsche boosts battery capacity by 20 percent for 2021 Panamera hybrid / ArsTechnica · Tuesday, 22 September, 2020 - 22:01

It takes a lot of time and money to design and then produce a new vehicle, so the longer the car stays on sale, the more time there is to recoup that investment. Eight years is about the lifespan of a new model, which unfortunately is long enough for customers to get bored.

Enter the midlife refresh. The idea is as simple as it sounds—halfway through a model's lifespan, it gets treated to a makeover. There are always things that can be tweaked to make production easier, to satisfy customers, or to take advantage of some new gadget or gizmo that showed up in the meantime.

Such is the case for Porsche's Panamera sedan, which emerges fresh from the styling department with a sharper new face, a subtle tweak to the taillights, and of most interest to our audience, a 27 percent bump in battery size for the plug-in hybrids in the model lineup.

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