While EVs remain a controversial subject, especially if you mention them at a drag strip that’s populated by gas-guzzling monsters, you cannot deny the astounding performance they offer up. The whole point of EVs was to get the planet to move away from fossil fuels to something more sustainable, but many argue that the manufacturing process involved with creating the battery packs that EVs need is more destructive to the planet than mining for oil. If we throw that part of the conversation out and we look purely at performance then EVs certainly do hold their own. Entry-level EVs can hit 100 in less time than a modern hot hatch, and EV people carriers can stick with modern sportscars up to silly speeds. The instant power from an electric motor is hard to match, and wheel spin can be easily negated thanks to the motors being controlled by clever software that can feed just the right amount of power to keep traction at an optimum. With the massive power generated rather easily by electric motors, combustion engines have a real fight on their hands, and it really does seem like their future is in jeopardy. One drawback is the weight of the batteries needed to give an EV some decent range, and many believe that the extra weight means the cars won’t handle as well, but clever suspension geometry and electronic systems have negated that to a large extent. We’re seeing better-handling EVs pop up all the time, and Porsche is one automaker that has the recipe dialled in. Porsche development driver Lars Kern posted a Nordschleife lap time of 7:33 in a Porsche Taycan Turbo S Sport sedan with the optional Performance Package in August 2022, which was mad fast, but that time was just shattered.
Take a look at the YouTube video that shows a development-spec Porsche Taycan kicking some serious ICE ass at the famed Nurburgring to secure an EV record. Will the production version be as good? Knowing Porsche, probably better: NEW 2025 Porsche Taycan beats Tesla Model S Plaid Nurburgring time by 17 seconds! | YOUCAR
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