Fans of the internal combustion engine are notoriously weary of electric vehicles, not approving of their range, how they’re “filled up”, their weight and their pricing - probably the same kinds of feeling that horse & cart owners had when they saw the first Model T puttering around town. The thing is there’s so much R&D on electric vehicles that they’ve come a long way in a short space of time and they’re getting really, really fast. The Porsche Taycan is one of these cars, and it’s been so well-tuned with regard to handling that it’s just set a new EV record on the famous Nürburgring record. This test session saw the Porsche Taycan Turbo S that was equipped with the factory-optional Performance Kit and Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control set the fastest time for a series-production electric car on the benchmark test track.
Porsche’s own development driver, Lars Kern was the one appointed to take the Taycan Turbo S around the infamous German racetrack. The car needed to be in production spec for the attempt to count but over and above the Porsche factory-fitted options, the car was also equipped with a roll cage and racing seats for safety. I guess it could be argued that the cage can help add rigidity to the chassis, but if you’ve ever driven something from the Porsche stable you’ll know that it’s not the case. With the additions, the Taycan managed to tip the scales at the same weight as the production version available off showroom floors. That optional performance kit sees fitment of 21-inch RS-Spyder-design wheels fitted with Pirelli P Zero Corsa street-legal tyres as well as a software update to the Porsche 4D Chassis Control system. The performance kit from Porsche Tequipment is currently only available in Germany for the 2023 model year and will be available to the masses from the end of 2022 and can be retrofitted.
“In the past, only thoroughbred super sports cars got into the 7:33 range,” says Kern. “With the new performance kit I was able to push even harder, and the car was even more precise and agile to boot.” “We’re delighted that the Nürburgring record for electric cars is back in Porsche hands,” says Kevin Giek, Vice President Model Line Taycan. “This lap time not only shows how much potential lies in our new performance kit, but also confirms once again the sports car genes of the Taycan.”
Take a look at the YouTube video from Porsche that shows just how fast electric vehicles are getting as well as how their handling is improving on every new car. Having legendary driver Lars Kern at the wheel doesn't hurt either: The Porsche Taycan sets new Nürburgring record | Porsche
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