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The first all-electric Porsche is due in less than two years. Here’s why Tesla investors should hope it’s really, really good.

It’s no secret that Porsche is going electric. The first all-electric Porsche is undergoing testing now, and it’s expected to go into production by 2019.

It’s also no secret that Porsche’s racing-minded engineers have a particular rival in their sights: They’ve made it pretty clear that they’re hoping to show Tesla a thing or two about making sports cars.

Unlike some Tesla fans, I think the electric Porsche is likely to be very competitive with   …  More

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IN 1987, ON A 15.5-MILE TEST OVAL in Ehra-Lessien, Germany, a 469-hp twin-turbo Porsche 911 went 211 mph. Only it wasn’t technically a Porsche—it did not wear a Stuttgart VIN and was known legally as a Ruf CTR. The car had been completed just one week before, in a small garage in the village of Pfaffenhausen, by a 37-year-old man born in the house next door. And for a brief, shining moment, it was the most potent production device this magazine had ever seen.

A moment we made happen. The July 1987 issue of R&T holds a test called “The World’s Fastest Cars.” It was the second running of an experiment we first tried in 1984. The ’87 version includes nine exotics   …  More

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Future of LMP1 class for WEC, Le Mans in doubt after latest defection

Porsche will quit the LMP1 class of the World Endurance Championship at the end of this year ahead of a move to Formula E.

The German manufacturer is leaving the top flight of sports car racing after four seasons with the 919 Hybrid, one year before the end of its existing commitment through to the end of 2018. It will then move to the FIA’s electric vehicle series in season six in 2019-20 when the grid will expand by two teams

Porsche announced Friday its departure from the P1 class of the WEC and at the 24 Hours of Le Mans after firming up plans to launch   …  More

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