The 2036 Porsche 911E First Drive

14 Sep

2036 Porsche 911E

“It’s the end of the 911!” my dad said. This was way back in 1999. “911’s are supposed to be air-cooled!”

He was wrong, like all the skeptics were wrong again in 2016, when Porsche added turbocharging to the entire range. They were wrong again in 2019, with the arrival of the first 911 hybrid, and 2022, with the once-controversial electric 911E. How many remember the last 911 with an internal combustion engine that wasn’t a hybrid? I sure do: the year was 2030, and I was screaming louder than anyone else.

The end of the 911? Not even close. The 911 will never die.

The 2036 Porsche 911, or Projekt 999, is a breakthrough in every way a car can be—not only as a 911, or even as a Porsche, but as a sports car for everyone who believes in driving. The 999 is the first car to use technology not only to push human driving to its theoretical limit, but to transport drivers into the past.

In other words, the 999 has saved the idea of the sports car.

Read the rest over at The Drive…

Alex Roy Digest 5.4.16.2: Google is Colossus, China AD, Tesla

4 May

Colossus

GM ditched Google over data control? Add their coming big AI, and Google is Colossus. Or will be. Does that mean Ford is OK with Google’s data control? What does this say about BMW and Daimler’s rejection of Apple’s terms? Did Apple want what Google wants? Is Google already an adolescent Colossus?

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Alex Roy’s Digest 5.2.16: Panamera Wagon, Analog Carpooling, Uber vs. Renting, Autonomous Driving vs, Bad Roads

2 May

Panamera Wagon

Porsche should just make THIS the Panamera. Cosmetically, a Panamera wagon eats a Tesla Model X alive, and would probably attract the same customers, especially once it’s electrified.

Analog carpooling. It still works. Toby Barlow approves.

Autonomous Cars Confused by America’s Shabby Roads? Something tells me this is going to be a way bigger problem than people expect, but guess what? Continue reading

Alex Roy’s Daily Reading 4.28.16: Porsche, Drivy, Turo, Traffic Theory, Tesla, Amateurs

29 Apr

Alex Roy: Porsche 928 Reborn As A Ferrari 488 Killer?

A new Porsche 928? A Ferrari 488 fighter? Please. Let it be both.

I appeared on the Untitled Car Show Podcast. have 99 minutes to kill? We talk Autonomous Cars, Cannonball, Morgan 3-wheelers and scarves.

If Drivy enters the US, there will be war with Turo. Or will there? Continue reading

Is The Porsche 928 The Next Singer?

11 Mar

Spotted at Singer Design. Will they reimagine it? @thesmokingtire @hooniversejeff @alexroy144

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This perfect Porsche 928 was spotted at Singer yesterday. Well, it’s not quite perfect, because it hasn’t been Singerized yet. I’ve long hoped Singer would extend “Singerization” beyond the 911, even though there are clearly many more 911s that deserve to be Singerized. I’m absolutely convinced the 993 is next. In the meantime… Continue reading

Why Buy A Porsche 930 Turbo When This Modified 930 Will Sell For Less Than Half The Price?

14 Feb

Custom Porsche 930 Show car for sale on ebay

“Investing” $150k in your 1987 Porsche 930 isn’t an investment. An investment, by definition, is supposed to appreciate. Massive custom bodywork and modifications are rarely an investment, especially when the original car is so valuable. It’s vanity, or worse. To wit, this car on eBay… Continue reading

What % of Owners Know Porsche/Audi Diesels Are Made By VW?

2 Nov

Alex Roy's LiveDriveRepeat

What % of Porsche/Audi Diesel owners do you think actually know that their engines are made by VW? This little article on Jalopnik suggests that they may want to know. If they don’t know already, I bet they’ll be receiving a letter soon. Continue reading

Will Widows of Fast & Furious Fans Sue Paul Walker’s Estate?

29 Sep

Alex Roy's LiveDriveRepeat - Paul Walker

Will widows of Fast & Furious fans sue Paul Walker’s estate? There. I put it out there. I’d like to make this a spoof but I can’t. This morning’s announcement that Paul Walker’s daughter has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Porsche has pushed me over the edge. The comments are universal in their condemnation: The lawsuit is frivolous. Roger Rodas was driving. She should be suing his estate. Let me take this one step further. Continue reading