Prior to its official unveiling, the Porsche Taycan is going on a world tour in its prototype stripes. The Taycan is of course Porsche’s first all-electric sports car. First stop for the Taycan prototype is the Porsche Experience Center (PEC) in Shanghai. The PEC @ Shanghai is the first in Asia and the sixth Porsche Experience Center globally, and it has direct access to the 5.5-kilometer Shanghai International Circuit. Features of the track include a 1.4 km handling track with skid pan, hydraulic kick plate and dynamic area. There is also an off-road track.
Next stops for the electric speedster will be the Silverstone circuit in the UK and the U.S.A., all within a span of three weeks. The Taycan will also demonstrate its potential at the other stops on the Porsche Triple Demo Run: in the Hill Run as part of the Festival of Speed at Goodwood (4 – 7 July) and at the season finale of the Formula E Championship in New York from 13 – 14 July . Former F1 driver, Porsche Le Mans driver Mark Webber and Porsche factory driver, Formula E driver Neel Jani are charged to drive the Taycan at the above venues.
On the Chinese track, the driver from Carrera Cup Asia Li Chao got the first drive of the Taycan. Initial impressions of the car were it has the sporty attributes to go with long-distance drive comfort. Li also stated the car’s low center of gravity and rear-axle steering helped with cornering and grip.
The 600PS Porsche Taycan has a top speed of over 250 km/h (electronically limited) and dashes from 0-100 km/h in less than 3.5 seconds.
Getting ready for world debut
Before the Taycan celebrates its world premiere in September, it will have covered around six million test kilometers. At Porsche, electric cars have to undergo the same rigorous testing program as combustion-engined sports cars. In addition to displaying superior performance, this always includes proving unrestricted everyday usability in all climatic conditions. Particularly demanding tasks such as charging the battery, or controlling the temperatures for the drivetrain and interior under extreme conditions, are additional aspects that are tested for the battery electric models.