Friday, September 27, 2013

No milk needed

It's Friday and it's also time for another black die-cast.

Cayenne peppers are red in color and according to the Scoville scale, they register about 30,000–50,000 units of heat... which isn't that hot at all. They're at par with tabasco pepper as far as the scale is concerned.

If these peppers aren't that hot, then why did Porsche use "cayenne" as a model name? Why not base it on the Trinidad Moruga Scorpion pepper, which basically sends your tongue on a one-way ticket to the netherworld? Hmmm... maybe the Moruga is just too hot.

So why not use names of other pepper princes? Naga Viper pepper? Dodge has got that one. Infinity chilli? Nope. Nissan already got dibs. Bhut Jolokia chili pepper? Nah-uh. Trinidad Scorpion Butch T pepper? Too horoscopey. Bedfordshire Super Naga? Sounds like worcestershire sauce's long-lost neighbor of 106-plus miles. 7-Pot chili? It might get pulled over so very often by narcs.

Let's go one level of heat lower. The cayenne is not there. Another level. Still not in sight. Three levels further down (this is getting quite frustrating!), but we'd still be disappointed. Four levels displaced from the top and the cayenne's shadow can barely be seen.

The fifth level of heat, not including the top, is where Porsche settled to have the name taken from. The metal namesake looks like this:

Porsche Cayenne
Porsche Cayenne
Porsche Cayenne
Porsche Cayenne
Porsche Cayenne
Porsche Cayenne

Put away the milk.


chrismandesign said...

i was wondering which diecast brand is this Cayenne and what scale ???... it doesn’t look like the one by Kyosho in scale 1:64... =O

NelMan said...

This is in 1:32 scale, Chris. It has the logo "MSZ" on the base.


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