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Regardless of how you feel about the incoming onslaught of all-electric hypercars, it’s hard not to acknowledge the fact that the Evija is exactly the type of halo car Lotus needs.

Flushed with cash after being acquired by Geely back in June 2017, Lotus now has the money it needs to launch a fleet of new models and the Evija is the flagship that marks a new era for the British marque. James May recently had the opportunity to check it out in person.

This particular Evija is a show car, meaning The Grand Tour host wasn’t able to put it to the test. Nevertheless, he does discuss many of its key specifications while also taking a peek inside the cabin.

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The key highlight of the Evija are its four electric motors that combine to produce 1,972 hp and 1,254 lb-ft (1,700 Nm) of torque, giving it a slight power advantage over the Rimac C_Two and Pininfarina Battista. One interesting aspect of the powertrain is the fact that the battery pack isn’t located in the floor like in many other electric vehicles but behind the passenger cell, where you’d ordinarily find the engine of an ICE-powered hypercar.

Five different drive modes will be available. In Range, power will be capped at 986 hp and 590 lb-ft (800 Nm), while City will decrease the amount of regenerative braking and Tour will increase grunt to 1,380 hp and enable the torque vectoring system. Sport mode will kick things up a notch with 1,676 hp and 1,253 lb-ft (1,700 Nm), while Track will unleash the full 1,972 hp.

 


This ain’t nothing new but, just in case you didn’t know, when journalists conduct a review, it’s because an automaker lent them a vehicle for a week or so; for comparisons, we have to contact two or more automakers, depending on the number of cars.

However, in the case of Canadian journalists looking to compare the Taycan to its natural competitor, they will have only one press office to check with because Porsche Canada are so confident that their EV will come out on top that they’re lending a Tesla Model S out, too.

The program, says Porsche Canada’s public relations manager Patrick Saint-Pierre, is just a short one and it came about because Tesla doesn’t lend vehicles in Canada. In fact, in October, Tesla became the first automaker to completely shut down its whole media relations team. In order to get one, then, you have to know someone willing to lend it to you.

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Thus, Porsche took it upon itself to make the comparison happen.

“A lot of journalists in Canada haven’t been able to find one,” Saint-Pierre told us over the phone. “I wanted to see if any dealer had any cars in stock.”

As it turned out, one of Porsche’s Canadian dealers had one, a Model S P100, so they lent it to the media department. This isn’t the first time Porsche has lent out Teslas.

At the start of 2020, when the first Taycan test drives were taking place, the brand’s U.S. wing had a Tesla on-hand as a sort of comparison point. It speaks volumes about Porsche’s faith in the Taycan, though, that they’ve decided to do it again, albeit in a different press office.

“I mean we definitely were and are confident,” Saint-Pierre stated. “It’s one thing to be confident and it’s another to test it. It was a bit of an unusual way of doing things, but I just thought, let’s do it. I didn’t have to do too much arm twisting. Everyone was like, ‘Alright let’s do it!'”

To the Tesla’s credit, it has come off well against the Taycan despite Porsche getting both cars out. As Autotrader.ca puts it, “the Taycan might be the future king, but the Model S isn’t ready to give up the throne just yet.”

To be compared to one of the most well regarded EVs on the market, though, is no small accomplishment. And it’s one that wouldn’t have come about without Porsche’s participation.

Ah, the internet. While it’s a great means for sharing knowledge, it’s unfortunately just as great a platform to share ignorance. Few places is that more obvious than on Quora.

Intended as a place for experts to share their specific knowledge with the internet’s question-askers, the site is full of answers from people whose expertise is, at best, questionable. So Donut Media has taken a few minutes to highlight some of wildest stuff on the site.

The video has a few themes running through it. The first being, if you want a good answer, you need to ask a good question. Questions like “How long does it take to replace a head gasket?” are reasonable as an idle thought, but are less useful when that’s all the information provided.

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One person highlights how unhelpful the question is by responding “I can replace a head gasket on a lawnmower engine in 15 minutes.” Context matters a whole lot.

Other questions, though vague, are done a disservice by the people answering them. For example, the question of how to haggle at a dealership returns a protracted ramble about how dealers set prices and how you shouldn’t insult them by negotiating that feels like it was written by someone who works at a dealership. And that’s because it was.

Others who answer are just mean, spending more time insulting the person who asked the question in the first place than actually answering it. Others still provide plainly bad advice.

Although most of the questions were answered by people whose expertise was based on shaky, unofficial qualifications, even those with impressive qualifications were capable of bad advice. One answerer with a Ph.D. in physics, for instance, suggested that no one outside of a garage had the strength or the tools to swap a tire.

The selection of bad posts is actually a useful roundup on how information gets mishandled. From people asking bad questions, to people arguing against each other, to others engaging in strawman fallacies, conflicts of interest, and false appeals to authority, these examples show how bad information proliferates on the internet.