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Marques Brownlee reveals he almost sold his Tesla for a Porsche Taycan

Published: 22/Sep/2020 23:29 Updated: 22/Sep/2020 23:31

by Kieran Bicknell

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As a self-confessed Tesla fan, YouTuber Marques Brownlee has often been skeptical of other electric vehicles. Despite that, it seems that the Porsche Taycan has wormed its way into Brownlee’s heart.

Tesla are often heavily criticized for poor quality control, panel gap alignment issues and their relaxed approach to build quality. That having been said, they are still the best-selling electric vehicles (EVs) in the world, with Brownlee being a vocal fan of their cars.

Porsche are relatively new to the EV game, having released their zero-emission sports sedan the Taycan during 2019. 

In spite of their lack of experience in the EV industry, the Taycan has taken the world by storm, and even nearly convinced Marques Brownlee to sell his Tesla Model S.

Marques Brownlee in carHe nearly got rid of his Tesla for the Porche.

One of the Taycan’s major advantages over Marques’ Tesla is the interior quality which he describes as “next level.” The finish is far better than the Tesla, while the Porsche Design elements such as the central clock, vegan materials and overall layout trump Teslas.

In EVs, screens dominate the interior and control everything from safety systems to the A/C. Marques is quick to point out the “solid” haptic feedback from the Taycan’s large central screen, along with the clever use of touchscreen controls on the main instrument display.

The range of the Taycan is a downside though, as is its energy consumption. Compared to the Tesla, the Porsche is “significantly less efficient” and has a higher wh/mi efficiency rating than his Tesla. This means that the Taycan uses more energy to travel less distance.

Charging is another factor that prevented Marques from making the switch to Porsche. Tesla’s ‘supercharger’ network still far outweighs the Electrify America network that the Taycan uses, meaning it is harder to find a super-fast charger while out on the road.

Despite the charging difficulties, Brownlee was full of praise for the driving characteristics of the Taycan, calling it “the best driving electric car out right now, period.”

The Taycan is currently unique among other EVs in that it has a two-speed gearbox to enable continued acceleration. This combined with Porsche’s motorsport DNA make for a potent combination of sheer power and handling prowess, much to Marques’ enjoyment. 

Sadly the benefits of the Tesla charging network, range and price meant that he ended up holding on to the Model S. Perhaps if he gets his hands on the cheaper 4S version of the Taycan, things may be different?

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Forza Horizon 4 player turns Ferrari 599 Evo into a plane with crazy mod

Published: 24/Oct/2020 7:12 Updated: 24/Oct/2020 8:46

by Alex Tsiaoussidis

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Forza Horizon 4 is all about pushing the envelope and watching it bend, but one player kicked it to a whole new level when they took the skies in a heavily-tuned Ferrari 599 Evo and made it seem like a plane.

Forza Horizon 4 is the pinnacle when it comes to racing games. It’s visually stunning, the gameplay is smooth, and it has an enormous catalog of cars, vehicles, and racetracks. The list goes on and on.

However, what makes it truly remarkable is the sheer level of customization. Players can change everything from air-filters, clutch, engines, and manifolds to suspension and tires. It’s an excellent system with a lot of depth.

Naturally, this means there is a lot of room for creativity, and no two vehicles will be the same. Players love to create and share their cars with the broader Forza Horizon 4 community.  They also love to share videos of insane stunt jumps and other incredible feats too.

One player decided to take it a step further and mix the two after posting an incredible video of them going airborne in a heavily-tuned Ferrari 599 Evo. “First test jump with new tune went well…” they said.

Sure, it might not be realistic. But there’s something poetic about seeing a souped-up Ferrari Evo spread its wings and fly like an eagle.

Plus, it’s even better when it happens in a dewy morning sky with snowy mountain ranges in the background. 

Sadly, the car went way too high for the game to recognize it as a legitimate stunt challenge. In other words, it didn’t break any records, and the player wasn’t rewarded for their efforts.

Forza Horizon 4 Stunt Jump Plane
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The Ferrari 599 Evo is one of the fastest cars in the game.

Still, it blew the minds of everyone else in the thread and generated a bit of hype. That’s what truly matters in the end, right?

Unfortunately, the original poster remained tight-lipped on the specific details of the tune, even though people were desperate to know.

Thankfully, one user pointed others in the direction of what it might have been. “Just get the 599xx Evo and go to the tunes menu and look for the highest rated one that has top speed or something in the name,” they said.

Forza Horizon 4 Tune Plane

It’s impossible to know whether that’s the same tune as the one used in the video.

However, it does seem like the Ferrari Evo is quite a beast, so it might still be enough for others to follow in the footsteps of the original poster and take to the skies.