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Bill Nye The Science Guy takes a scientist's eye to the Porsche Taycan

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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Porsche Taycan has outsold the 911 in 2021

The Taycan has outsold a few Porsche models so far this year.

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The Porsche Taycan is an impressive EV with speed and build quality to shame almost anything else on the road. As we learned from Porsche today, those attributes resonated with buyers, as the Taycan outsold the Porsche 911 during the first nine months of 2021.

Porsche Taycan The Taycan's steep starting price doesn't seem like much of a sticking point for buyers.Porsche

Yes, the electric car that starts at almost $83,000 outsold the most iconic sports car of all time. However, Porsche's had a good year, and it's not all thanks to the Taycan. In today's SUV-crazed world, it's not surprising to see that the Cayenne is still Porsche's most popular model. The automaker sold 62,451 of its flagship SUV in the first nine months of the year. The Macan sold a respectable 61,944.

Now, consider that the Taycan – a brand new, expensive, all-electric car – sold almost half as many units as those two iconic SUVs. Further cementing its place in the Porsche lineup, the car outsold the 911 by almost 700 units and decimated sales of the 718 Boxster and 718 Cayman, which combined sold 15,916 units. The Panamera, which offers a similar body style to the Taycan, sold 20,275.

Porsche SUVs The Cayenne and Macan both sold very well.Porsche

Porsche has had a good year in all markets it serves, but the U.S. market showed the strongest sales growth, climbing to 51,615 vehicles sold in the first nine months of the year. That's a 30 percent jump from 2020, and the rest of North America was just as strong with a combined 29 percent increase in growth. China did the most to propel Porsche's sales skyward, with almost 70,000 cars sold there.

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Musical artist H.E.R. has worked with Honda designers to customize a Civic Type R.

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H.E.R. graced the stage at the 2021 Honda Civic Tour but before that happens, the R&B singer-songwriter has put her stamp on a custom-designed Honda Civic Type R. This one-off is part of a longstanding tradition of Civic Tour headliners designing a custom Civic.

The unique-looking model is a reflection of H.E.R.'s personal values. Nuance, subtlety, and "sharing your heart" are held high. This all starts with the car's exterior where a deep black matte finish washes over the model while chameleon-tinted headlamps and windows, purple brake calipers and nebula painted trim are presented as intriguing highlights.

Designers worked to customize the cabin as well, adding nebula painted accents and special LED interior lighting that changes colors based on music and sound inside the vehicle by featuring custom colors, moods, brightness levels and rotating color patterns, adjustable by a smartphone.

H.E.R. Unveils Custom ‘Honda Civic Type R’ Presented by the 2021 Honda Civic Tour www.youtube.com

"One of the things that drew me toward the Honda Civic Tour was knowing that I'd be able to design my own vehicle, and out of all Civics, I picked the pinnacle Civic Type R," said H.E.R. "Infusing my personality into all aspects of my performances, and also expressing it through my favorite products, is something that I am passionate about. So being able to create and share my custom Honda Civic Type R with my fans is just so special to me."

H.E.R.'s custom Civic Type R joins Honda vehicles designed by past Civic Tour headliners, including Maroon 5, OneRepublic, Demi Lovato, blink-182, Black Eyed Peas, One Direction, Charlie Puth and more.

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