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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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It’s been a long-discussed idea; could an F1 car really drive upside down – and we’re not talking about a loop-the-loop – we mean driving upside down for an extended period of time, thanks to the high levels of downforce created from its wings, underside and other aerodynamics?

In fact, the statement is even boasted about on the official F1 website, where they say:

“A modern Formula One car is capable of developing 3.5g – which is three and a half times its own weight – thanks to aerodynamic downforce. That means that, theoretically, at high speeds, they could drive upside down.”

This statement from a few year ago and so is an underestimation, as the 2017 rule changes have increase aerodynamic forces substantially.

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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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