A dozen and one records have been set using Porsche’s inaugural EV, the Taycan.
Environmental benefits aside, the best thing for automakers right now that have electric vehicles is that the records books are wide open for the taking. And with a bevvy of lap times and long-range runs just asking to be beaten, 13 such records have been smashed.
The list of new achievements is the result of a partnership between UK car publication and exclusive Automotive Daily partner, Autocar, and Porsche GB. It required six drivers and two cars – both Porsche Taycans, naturally – to complete a number of kilometre and mile records. Yes, the record keepers don’t have their minds set on imperial or metric, it seems.
Specifically, the team which consisted of driving aces such as Le Mans winner Richard Attwood, former Formula 1 ace Jonathan Palmer, and two current 911 racing champions, James Dorlin and Harry King, broke records for 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1000 kilometre runs, as well as for 50, 100, 200 and 500 miles. Adding to that were records for one-hour, three-hour, six-hour and 12-hours.
The achievements were done in a Taycan 4S and Taycan Turbo S, with almost an even split in records taken between them. Apparently, the 4S’ benefit was it requires a little less recharging time over the Turbo S.
Autocar’s Colin Goodwin, who came up with the idea, said: “We were delighted with the result because the cold, wet and dark conditions made the whole thing look far from easy. But the Taycans and Porsche’s organisation were both brilliant and we drivers got much better at saving both time and battery power at the same time, as the day went on.
“One thing’s for sure. Driving high-performance EVs on a proper racing circuit is a lot of fun, and very challenging.”
Find out more at Autocar.