Join filmmaker and Porsche racer Jeff Zwart for an all-electric tour of LA’s Mulholland Drive – one of the most celebrated and cinematic roads in the world.
Of course, it’s impossible to talk about Mulholland without mentioning the movies. Locals say the history of Hollywood can be felt on the route, and the eastern end actually leads directly to Universal Studios. Many of cinema’s stars have had homes on Mulholland – Jack Nicholson, Marlon Brando, Bruce Willis, Demi Moore. It is a real-deal, A-list commuter route.
The road itself has appeared in countless films, and even had one named after it. Explaining why he chose Mulholland Drive as the setting for his film of the same name, director David Lynch said: “It’s a beautiful road … a mysterious road with many curves. It’s really dark at night and, unlike so many other spots in Los Angeles, it has remained pretty much the same over the years.”
Today, however, special permission has been granted to drive a short section of fire road under the all-electric power of a Taycan 4S Cross Turismo. And who better to have behind the wheel than Zwart, whose off-road racing experience includes Pikes Peak hill climb (where he’s won his class no fewer than eight times, and landed three division records), the Baja 1000 and the punishing TransSyberia Rally. It’s fair to say he knows a thing or two about driving on the loose.
Approaching the end of the asphalt before rolling onto the dirt, Zwart selects the Cross Turismo’s special Gravel mode, which raises the car’s ride height to help make light work of the rough road ahead. “Driving an electric car on gravel is like a dream come true – there’s such instant power,” he says, as he artfully guides the four-wheel drive Taycan around a tight bend, kicking up a little dust. “The capability of the car, and the trust you can put in it is really fun to explore.”
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