After its tedious test drives in hot and cold weather conditions, the soon-to-be-unleased Porsche Taycan, the first all-electric sportscar by the Stuttgart sports carmakers, has been put on an even tougher trial, tackling the Nurburgring Nordschleife. This all-important track test run is a final testament for Porsche’s first four-door, all-electric sportscar.
Pilot duties were left to Lars Kern who took the Porsche Taycan around the 20.6-kilometer road and track. At the end of the trial, Kern did a record time of 7:42 in the all-new Porsche Taycan. During the attempt, Kern drove a pre-series Taycan. “The Taycan is also suitable for race tracks and it convincingly proved that here on the world’s most challenging circuit. The Taycan handles in high-speed sections remarkably, such as Kesselchen, and how neutrally it accelerates from tight sections, such as Adenauer Forst.”
In all, Kern displayed the true performance potential of the Taycan as he handled 26 successive acceleration runs from zero to 200 km/h. Once again, the Taycan proved its performance and efficiency of the powertrain at both low and high speeds, thanks to sturdy chassis systems and effective aerodynamics.
Previously. the Taycan prototype already did a 24-hour run as it covered a distance of exactly 3,425 km as part of a endurance test at the Nardò (Italy) high-speed track. The top speed achieved during the run was between 195 and 215 km/h, in temperatures 42 degrees Celsius – 54 degrees Celsius. The all-electric Sportscar had only to pause for driver change and charging. In other test end of July, the Taycan accelerated from zero to 200 km/h no less than 26 successive times down an airport runway. The difference between the fastest and slowest acceleration runs was 0.8 seconds.
The stage is set for the introduction of the Taycan come early September. Here are some highlights of the Taycan; it carries two electric motors on the front and rear axles and it’s got all-wheel drive & traction control systems and an integrated Porsche 4D-Chassis Control. In addition, it is the first production model with a 800v system voltage and the car comes with driving modes with special settings.
The Porsche 4D-Chassis Control is an innovative chassis systems, comprising 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 stabilization system, including Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV Plus). Lastly, the Taycan is fitted with a rear-axle steering and 21-inch tyres.
As for the drive modes with special settings, the Taycan gets a “Sport Plus” mode. This enables faster driver requests. 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 optimized for maximum race track performance, and the suspension permanently set in the lowest position.