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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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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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Balmain's Creative Director Olivier Rousteing is a Porsche fan.

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What does it mean to "drive defined"? A new series of videos from Porsche and the Creative Director of the Paris fashion label Balmain, Olivier Rousteing, explorers the meaning of the phrase. Rousteing says that he's been "fascinated" by Porsche since childhood.

The designer, who grew up in France, worked at Roberto Cavalli before becoming the Creative Director at Balmain in 2011. The powerhouse fashion brand was founded in 1945 and was previously lead by Oscar de la Renta. Modern Balmain designs feature elements of French couture mixed with Asian influence. In 2019, the brand launched the KYLIE X BALMAIN, a makeup collaboration with social media influencer Kylie Jenner.

Olivier Rousteing sits in a Porsche Panamera during the filming of the short.Photo courtesy of Porsche AG

The short videos, published on Porsche's social media channels and on Rousteing's Instagram feed, focus on Rousteing's powerful inner driving force. In a release, the luxury car manufacturer says that there are "many similarities between the fashion designer and the sports car brand" including boundary pushing and an eye toward the tradition-rich history of the company Rousteing leads into the modern age.

"Olivier Rousteing is not just an authentic Porsche enthusiast, he is also a perfect fit for us with his desire to make Balmain a modern brand with the highest standards of quality and luxury," says Jelena Batic who is responsible for the cooperation at Porsche. "Together, we explore his exceptional driving force in the films by examining the connection between the worlds of sports cars and fashion, which creates relevance for our existing customers, as well as for younger and female target groups."

The series kicked off with a video featuring the Porsche Panamera. It was just the first step in a planned, longer collaboration between Rousteing and Porsche. Further aspects of the partnership are expected to be made public in due course.

Watch the first video below.

Drive Defined with Olivier Rousteing www.youtube.com

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