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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.

Photo courtesy of Porsche AG

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 TaycanBill 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.

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The IIHS may increase the speeds it uses to test advanced driver aids.

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) recently announced that it is considering changing the speeds it uses to test vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention systems. The agency currently tests the systems at 12 and 25 mph, but says that the speeds don't accurately represent the types of crashes the safety tech is meant to prevent.

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Automatic emergency braking (AEB) is designed to notify of a possible collision and help respond with automatic application of braking. Just like a human using the brake pedal, it can stop the car, but higher speeds make it difficult to stop in time. The new tests would be conducted at 35 to 45 mph, which is the range where a large number of rear-end crashes occur. As Automotive News noted, an IIHS study showed 43 percent of rear-end crashes occur at speeds of 45 mph or less, so it's important to have a test that shows how well the tech performs at those levels.

A whopping 85 percent of 2022 vehicles earned a "Superior" rating in the current testing regime, so the IIHS will remove it from 2023 testing and Top Safety Pick award evaluations. Their view is that, since the majority of vehicles meet the criteria, it's no longer an accurate way of evaluating performance. In its place, the agency introduced a night test for automatic emergency braking systems that will begin next year.

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The Sport Classic comes to the U.S. for the first time next year.

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2021 Porsche 911 Sport ClassicThe Sport Classic comes exclusively with a manual transmission and RWD.Porsche

The Sport Classic gets the Turbo S powertrain, which means a 3.7-liter twin-turbocharged flat-six engine producing 543 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque. It's paired exclusively with a seven-speed manual transmission and rear-wheel drive. Porsche says the combo makes the car the most powerful 911 with a manual gearbox currently on sale. The Sport Classic also gets a laundry list of parts from the Turbo S, including Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes, rear-axle steering, a sport exhaust, and an active sport suspension system.

2021 Porsche 911 Sport ClassicThe car comes with an interior not seen since the Porsche 918 Spyder.Porsche

The car' comes with Sport Grey Metallic paint with grey accent stripes, a carbon fiber reinforced plastic hood, and unique graphics on both sides. It rides on 20-inch wheels up front and 21-inch wheels in back, which are designed as reinterpretations of the old-school Fuchs design. In back, the Sport Classic gets unique bodywork that sets it apart from the 911 Turbo, such as deleted air intakes and a large ducktail spoiler. Inside, the 911 gets open-pore wood trim and semi-aniline leather upholstery in cognac and black. Porsche says the Sport Classic is the first car to get that type of leather since the iconic 918 Spyder.

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