Both the 2021 Porsche 718 Boxster and Cayman GTS 4.0 were available to pre-order earlier this year, and we knew tboth vehicles will come with an optional seven-speed PDK dual-clutch gearbox. And since most Porsche 718 GTS 4.0 owners are expected to choose the standard six-speed manual transmission to pair with the GTS 4.0’s naturally-aspirated 4.0-liter six-cylinder engine, Porsche is spicing up the recipe if you choose the PDK dual-clutch gearbox.
Purists will insist on a manual gearbox, especially on a car like the Porsche 718 Spyder driven by teenage karting sensation Chloe Chambers, a 16-year-old girl who now owns the record for Fastest Vehicle Slalom in the Guinness Book of World Records. However, Porsche has given PDK-equipped 718 models a bit more traction and torque than the manual.
Unsurprisingly, the result is better numbers. Porsche claims the 718 Cayman GT4 and 718 Spyder with the optional dual-clutch gearbox rushes to 60 mph in 3.7-seconds. On the other hand, the manual is good for 4.2-seconds. Now, the 718 Boxster and Cayman GTS 4.0 achieves 0 to 60 mph 4.3-seconds with the manual and 3.8-seconds with the PDK. So yeah, the automatic is faster than the manual if that’s what you’re concerned about.
This newfound sprinting agility boils down to two main things: traction and torque. If you choose the PDK dual-clutch gearbox, the engine is tuned to produce 8 more torques than in the manual. You still get 394 horsepower from the 4.0-liter six-cylinder motor, but you now have 317 pound-feet of torque (the manual only has 309 pound-feet of twist). The PDK dual-clutch tranny also comes with a shorter seventh gear ratio than other PDK-equipped Porsche 718 models.
In terms of traction, all PDK-equipped Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 and 718 Spyder models receive higher locking values from the limited-slip differential, effectively increasing traction and grip. Also, the Porsche 718 Boxster and Cayman GTS 4.0 will come standard with the Sport Chrono Package. This includes a Sport Response button on the steering wheel, a feature exclusive to PDK dual-clutch models. This allows you to extract maximum engine and transmission performance for 20 seconds regardless of the driving mode.
The 2021 Porsche 718 Cayman and 718 Boxster GTS 4.0 with an optional PDK dual-clutch gearbox start at $90,530 for the coupe and $92,530 for the convertible, respectively. Meanwhile, the GT4 and Spyder have base prices starting at $103,410 and $100,510.
The Most Expensive NFTs Ever Purchased
One of the earliest examples of an NFT collection on the Ethereum blockchain, CryptoPunks have grown to be among the most valuable collections in the world. They are a set of 10,000 unique, algorithmically-generated “Punk” characters that, according to their creators Larva Labs, served as the inspiration for the ERC-721 standard, an interface that now powers that majority of Ethereum-based NFTs. A CryptoPunk’s value is determined by the rarity of its attributes: the rarer the attributes, the more valuable the NFT.
CryptoPunk #5822 is one of the rarest of all, which explains its incredible selling price. Firstly, it has just one attribute, a feature that only 2% of the collection shares. That single attribute is a bandana, which is rare in itself, as only 5% of the collection sport one. The Punk’s skin type is alien, which is the biggest factor in pushing up this NFT’s value, as only 0.09% of the collection share this skin, a total of 9 NFTs out of a collection of 10,000. Punk #5822 was bought by Deepak Thapliyal, CEO of blockchain tech company Chain, for 8,000 ETH, roughly $23.7 million USD at the time of sale.
Self-Repairing Electronics Are Closer To Reality Than You Think
A research group led by Professor Yehonadav Bekenstein from the Faculty of Materials Sciences and Engineering and the Solid-State Institute at Technion was studying perovskite nanoparticles for their potential to provide a green alternative to toxic lead materials used heavily in electronics. In doing so, they found something unexpected.
The team found on a microscopic level that the nanocrystals moved a hole (damage) through the areas of a structure to self-heal. Surprised by this, the researchers drew up a code to analyze microscopic videos and understand the dynamics and movements within the crystal. The researchers realized that the damaged area, or hole, formed on the surface of the nanoparticles, then moved to energetically stable areas inside, and was finally “spontaneously ejected” out. Researchers explained that through this self-healing process, the nanocrystals essentially reverted back to being undamaged (per Technion).
Researchers with Technion believe that this discovery is a key step toward understanding the processes by which perovskite nanoparticles can heal themselves. The team also thinks that perovskite nanoparticles should be used in solar panels and other electronic devices. The full study, published by Advanced Functional Materials and made available at the Wiley Online Library, is titled “Self-Healing of Crystal Voids in Double Perovskite Nanocrystals Is Related to Surface Passivation.”
This Astonishing Vision AMG Sports EV Will Somehow Spawn Production Electric Cars
It’s no secret that Mercedes-Benz’s AMG performance division has been downsizing from high-strung, gas-fed internal combustion engines to lower-displacement mills infused with some form of hybrid or mild hybridization. The incoming AMG C63 S, for instance, will make do without its raucous 4.0-liter bi-turbo engine. Instead, it will have a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine and a mild-hybrid powertrain. The Manhart CR 700 is one of the last modified C 63 S wagons with AMG’s muscular turbocharged V8 motor.
Meanwhile, the Vision AMG concept harks the beginning of a zero-emissions future without sacrificing style or the brand’s hallmark “AMG driving experience.” The Vision AMG has innovative axial flux motors (similar to Vision EQXX) developed by Mercedes subsidiary YASA. The brand claims its new electric motors are smaller, lighter, and produce more power than conventional electric motors. Mercedes-AMG did not mention motor outputs, battery sizes, or range numbers. Still, it did say Vision AMG’s drivetrain would be “developed entirely from scratch,” including a new high-performance, high-voltage battery, and a “revolutionary drive technology,” said Mercedes-AMG.
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