The Porsche Taycan is a highly successful model with more than sufficient records in its success story. It doesn’t really need to set any more records, but as you might know, you gotta stay in the news in order to stay in the game—which is only gonna get more fierce in the coming years. And so, Porsche decided to lap the all-electric 4-door coupe on the 20.8 km (12.9 mi) Nürburgring Nordschleife, which took Porsche test driver Lars Kern 7:33.35 minutes in a Taycan Turbo S, beating the Tesla Model S Plaid‘s last year’s record by 2.22 seconds.
Apparently, the record-setting car was equipped with a new performance kit that’ll be initially available only in Germany (by the end of the year) and only for the 2023 model year Taycan Turbo S. The kit includes 21-inch RS-Spyder-design wheels wrapped with road-approved Pirelli P Zero Corsa sports tyres with tyre compound similar to that of racing tyres, and a software update to the Porsche 4D Chassis Control to match the aforementioned tyres. If the owners decide to switch back to standard road tyres, it is not necessary to restore the original chassis software.
“In the past, only thoroughbred super sports cars got into the 7:33 range,” said Kern. “With the new performance kit I was able to push even harder, and the car was even more precise and agile to boot.”