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Porsche Museum offers free online games, activities for kids

The Porsche Museum is closed due to the coronavirus outbreak.

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The Porsche Museum remains closed in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak. However, they're continuing to help budding auto enthusiasts discover their passion for everything automotive.

Starting April 8, the museum will make a selection of online games and activities available at www.porsche4kids.com. Children will be able to color pictures, create crafts, and solve puzzles. Museum mascots Tom Targa and Tina Turbo.

Several automakers have offered coloring and activities pages that can be downloaded for free but Porsche is the first to offer a full website devoted to children during this time.

A section of the website called "Electromobility" was designed for children in eighth grade and up. The area is designed to teach children about new mobility and drive concepts.

Ferdinand Porsche, the founder of Porsche, was also the designer of the first gasoline-electric hybrid vehicle, the Volkswagen Beetle, and the Mercedes-Benz SS/SSK.

Using an online guide, children can discover the fundamentals and history of electromobility from the first electric vehicle through to the Porsche Taycan.

All content on the website is free.

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Prototype testing of the new Macan model is underway.

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It's passed proving grounds tests and now the all-electric version of the Porsche Macan is hitting the road for additional testing. The highly-camouflaged next-generation prototypes of the compact SUV left the Porsche Development Center in Weissach, Germany for the first time this week.

"Testing in a real-life environment is now getting underway – one of the most important milestones in the development process," said Michael Steiner, Member of the Executive Board, Research and Development, at Porsche AG.

By the time the Macan EV is fully revealed in 2023, it will have garnered 1.8 million test miles worldwide in a variety of terrains and temperatures. Testing will even be done in virtual space, which is designed to save time and money. General Motor is using similar technology. These digital tests are able to analyze properties, systems, and powertrains of a vehicle.

Porsche Macan EV An electric version of the Porsche Macan leaves the company's testing grounds in Germany.Photo courtesy of Porsche AG

Porsche has created 20 digital prototypes for the purpose of simulation in a number of development categories, such as aerodynamics, energy management and acoustics. "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 Dr Andreas Huber, Manager for digital prototypes at Porsche.

The first teams to work with the digital prototypes are aerodynamics specialists. "We started with a flow-around model when the project first started about four years ago," said Dr Thomas Wiegand, Director of aerodynamics development. The goal is a low coefficient of drag that blends that goal with the hallmark looks of the Macan SUV. Currently, engineers are using simulations to fine-tune details such as the cooling air ducts.

Simulations are also able to predict how the vehicle interacts with the driver in real life. "Simulation allows us to assess displays, operating procedures and the changing influences during a journey from the driver's point of view," explains Fabian Klausmann of the Driver Experience development department. This allows research and development team members to see how a driver would interact with the vehicle before any physical cockpit is built.

Porsche is designing the new fully-electric Macan to be the highest performer in its subcompact SUV segment. It will be the first Porsche built on the company's Premium Platform Electric (PPE) architecture.

The boutique performance arm of Volkswagen Group will sell the Macan EV side-by-side with internal combustion engine models of the car. "Demand for electric vehicles continues to rise, but the pace of change varies considerably across the world. That's why we're going to launch another conventionally powered evolution of the current Macan in the course of 2021," said Steiner.

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Bill Nye, known for his science expertise, breaks down the tech of the Porsche Taycan in a new miniseries.

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He's been the technical expert on "Battle Bots", a guest star on "The Big Bang Theory", and "Ice Cube" on "The Masked Dancer". Bill Nye the Science Guy has dipped into his toe into many realms of entertainment. Now he's taking on the Porsche Taycan in a new miniseries.

In the five-part video series Nye explains he science behind the first all-electric Porsche. Viewers are invited to learn about the the car's one-of-a-kind design and performance features as well as 800-volt battery technology, and the car's two-speed transmission and it's aerodynamic design, among other features and equipment.

Bill Nye Porsche Taycan Bill Nye takes a scientific approach to interdicting the Taycan.Photo courtesy of Porsche AG

This isn't the first unique way that Porsche has worked to educate the buying public and Porsche enthusiasts about the capabilities of the Taycan. Just last month the company released a video featuring Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter, lifelong Porsche enthusiasts and co-stars of "Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure", taking two Taycans for a full day test drive where they pushed the cars to the limits.

American artist Richard Phillips has created a one-of-a-kind art car out of a Porsche Taycan. It was displayed this winter in Switzerland and will go up for auction this year.

The Taycan set two Guinness World Records this winter. Late last year, the Porsche Taycan claimed the Guinness World Record for longest drift with an electric vehicle. It lasted 55 minutes. In early 2021, the Guinness World Record for fastest speed by a vehicle indoors now belongs to the Porsche Taycan Turbo S and its driver Leh Keen.

Watch the first episode in the Bill Nye miniseries below then stay tuned to the Porsche YouTube channel to see the rest of the episodes, which were filmed at the Porsche Experience Center in Southern California.

Bill Nye Explains the All-Electric Taycan: Repeat Performance www.youtube.com

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