Subscribe to ALL ABOUT CARS
 
Subscribe to DEAL OF THE DAY
 


January 13, 2022

Auto News

Electric Porsche breaks world record with mine-to-ountain drive

An all-electric Porsche took an unusual route that started in a mine and ended on a mountain to break the Guinness World Record for the greatest altitude change ever achieved by an electric car.

The German automaker said the Taycan Cross Turismo started its journey at a depth of 1,774 feet below sea level at Eagle Mine in Michigan's Upper Peninsula and used a ramp designed for mining equipment to return to the surface before crossing six states to the summit of Colorado's Pikes Peak, at an altitude of 14,115 feet.

The 33-hour, 48-minute journey broke a Guinness World Record by gaining an altitude of 15,889 feet -- just over 3 miles.

"It started as a 'what if?' -- a passion project, mixing our love for cars and travel and taking it to extremes," creative producer J.F. Musial, who led the record attempt, said in a statement. "We wanted to drive from the lowest point in America to one of the highest, Pikes Peak -- where we've spent countless hours filming the famous hill climb. The project relied on a lot of goodwill, and a car that's pretty much unique in its mix of abilities.


Clean Like Never Before. You'll Love It!

Car Care Tip

How to Check Alternator Voltage

You will probably have some type of problem with your alternator in your car's lifetime. If your charging system is not working correctly, it can cause major electrical problems so it pays to know a little bit about it. Let's look at how to tell if there is something wrong.

To check if your alternator is faulty, you will need a digital volt ohmmeter or DVOM (aka voltmeter). With this tool you can quickly and easily see how much voltage your alternator is putting out.

The first thing you should do is turn your engine off. You will need to start your car for a later test, but for now just leave it off. Take your voltmeter and put the red lead on the positive post of the battery and the black lead on the negative side of the battery. Be sure your voltmeter is set to read DC volts.

It should read above 12.65 volts. This would indicate that the battery is fully charged. If it is not, then you either have alternator problems or a battery that is faulty.

The next thing you need to do is to remove the leads from the battery and start your car. Then put the leads back on being careful not to get them caught in the serpentine belt or any other part of the engine.

Read the voltage with the engine on. It should read somewhere in the 13.5-14.5 volt range. If it does then most likely the alternator is just fine. It is possible that it is still bad though, sometimes they are intermittently bad. If it proves to be good then you probably have battery problems. It is time to get the battery tested.

Geared Up Gadgets

Want To Get More Power Out Of Your Car?

With all the electronics in our everyday life, we need a way to power them... especially on the go. This Two Outlet Power Inverter has you covered. With two grounded power outlets and two powerful 2.4 amp USB ports, it can power your mobile and home devices right from your car.

Think about how many things you can use this for; laptop computers, additional chargers for phones and cameras, portable coolers, and much more! Plus during the holiday season, use these to power Christmas lights on their cars. And if you're away from civilization or out camping this item will make you feel a little more at home.

It's easy to hook up too. Just attach the included 12V car adapter to the inverter and the power will flow. The USB ports will have power all the time while the standard electric outlets have an on/off switch to control them. With this option, you can have power anywhere just like a generator.

Click here for all the details or to order yours.


Thanks for reading,

The Editor

P.S. Did you miss an issue? You can read every issue from the Gophercentral library of newsletters on our exhaustive archives page. Thousands of issues, all of your favorite publications in chronological order. You can read AND comment. Just click GopherArchives