Dubai. Porsche has set new standards for four-door, all-electric sports cars on the 20.6-kilometre Nürburgring-Nordschleife course. Sitting behind the wheel of a pre-series Taycan, test driver Lars Kern conquered the legendary track, famously known as the Green Hell, in seven minutes and 42 seconds.
“The Taycan is also suitable for race tracks and it convincingly proved that here on the world’s most challenging circuit,” Kern explains. “Again and again, I am impressed at how stable the all-electric sports car handles in high-speed sections, such as Kesselchen, and how neutrally it accelerates from tight sections, such as Adenauer Forst.”
“Our electric sports car demonstrated the reproducibility of its performance as part of a strenuous test involving 26 successive acceleration runs from zero to 200 km/h. Then it completed 3,425 kilometres within 24 hours in Nardò and now the record at the Nürburgring-Nordschleife,” remarks Stefan Weckbach, Vice President Product Line Taycan. “Numerous factors contribute to this performance and the efficiency of the powertrain, also at high speeds. These include the chassis systems that react within a fraction of a second as well as the outstanding aerodynamics.”
24-hour endurance run and a series of acceleration tests
The Taycan has now demonstrated its performance both on the race track and during endurance runs. In 24 hours, Porsche covered a distance of exactly 3,425 kilometres as part of a test at the Nardò (Italy) high-speed track. In sizzling temperatures at the southern Italian test track, the speed was between 195 and 215 km/h. The test was completed without interruptions, as the prototype only had to pause for quick charging stops and driver changes.
A pre-series Taycan also showcased the model’s reliable performance by accelerating from zero to 200 km/h 26 successive times down an airport runway. The average acceleration figure from the timed runs was under ten seconds. The difference between the fastest and slowest acceleration runs was 0.8 seconds.