We’re just two days away from the world reveal of the new Porsche Taycan. Having snagged an exclusive invite from Porsche Centre Kuwait, we’ll be there waving the flag on Kuwait’s behalf, and reporting live from the reveal on Wednesday afternoon. Be sure to set alerts for our feed at @passions.arabia and be the first to know!
In the meantime, more high-voltage news of what’s in store when we finally gets our hands on the wheel later this year…
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.
The new Taycan: the first all-electric sports car from Porsche
A range of technical features guarantee the Taycan’s impressive race track performance:
The Taycan has two exceptionally efficient electric motors on the front and rear axles and therefore features all-wheel drive. The all-wheel drive and traction control systems operate significantly faster than conventional systems. For example, if one wheel has more slip, the electric motors regulate it within a fraction of a second.
The integrated Porsche 4D-Chassis Control analyses and synchronises all chassis systems in real time. The innovative systems include adaptive air suspension with three-chamber technology including electronic damper control PASM (Porsche Active Suspension Management), as well as the Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control Sport (PDCC Sport) electromechanical roll stabilisation system, including Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV Plus). The record-breaking car also featured rear-axle steering and 21-inch tyres.
The Taycan is the first production vehicle with a system voltage of 800 volts rather than the usual 400 volts for electric cars. The benefits include high levels of consistent performance.
The driving modes profile of the new Taycan offers special settings to make full use of the all-electric drive properties. In “Sport Plus” mode, driver requests are implemented in an extremely dynamic way. As a result, the battery’s cooling and heating strategy has been designed for maximum performance. At the same time, the cooling air flaps are opened, the rear spoiler is extended early on for minimal lift, while the chassis set-up becomes optimised for maximum race track performance, and the suspension permanently set in the lowest position.