Well, it was just a matter of time, wasn’t it? The all-electric Porsche Taycan has lapped the Nürburgring-Nordschleife in 7 minutes and 42 seconds, which is claimed to be the fastest for a four-door electric car.
Behind the wheel of the prototype was Porsche test driver Lars Kern. “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,” he said.
L-R: Stefan Weckbach, Lars Kern
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. – Stefan Weckbach, Vice President, Product Line Taycan
According to Weckbach, 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 aerodynamics.
Taycan prototype at the Green Hell
The aforementioned 0 – 200 km/h acceleration happened 26 successive times down an airport runway. Porsche said that the average acceleration figure from the timed runs was under 10 seconds. The difference between the fastest and slowest acceleration runs was 0.8 seconds.
The Taycan features two electric motors on the front and rear axles forming an all-wheel drive. Other systems include 4D-Chassis Control, three-chamber adaptive air suspension with PASM (Porsche Active Suspension Management), Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control Sport (PDCC Sport) electromechanical roll stabilization system, and Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV Plus). The record-setting car also featured rear-axle steering and 21-inch tyres.