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Porsche Taycan claims electric four-door record at the Nurburgring

Porsche Taycan claims electric...
Porsche plans to fully unveil the Taycan next month
Porsche plans to fully unveil the Taycan next month
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Porsche test driver Lars Kern was behind the wheel as the Taycan cut a Nürburgringlap time of seven minutes and 42 seconds
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Porsche test driver Lars Kern was behind the wheel as the Taycan cut a Nürburgring
lap time of seven minutes and 42 seconds
Porsche has hitched much of its ambitions in the EV space to a little wagon that goes by the name of Taycan
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Porsche has hitched much of its ambitions in the EV space to a little wagon that goes by the name of Taycan
The all-wheel drive Taycan has an electric motor fixed to both its front and rear axles
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The all-wheel drive Taycan has an electric motor fixed to both its front and rear axles
The all-wheel drive Taycan has a top speed of more than 250 km/h (155 mph)
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The all-wheel drive Taycan has a top speed of more than 250 km/h (155 mph)
The all-wheel drive Taycan has a claimed 0-100 km/h (62 mph) sprint time of under 3.5 seconds
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The all-wheel drive Taycan has a claimed 0-100 km/h (62 mph) sprint time of under 3.5 seconds
Porsche plans to fully unveil the Taycan next month
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Porsche plans to fully unveil the Taycan next month
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Porsche has hitched much of its ambitions in the EV space to a little car that goes by the name of Taycan, an all-electric sports car and the first in the line of clean-driving vehicles it plans to introduce over the coming years. The automaker has now unleashed the 440-kW (590-hp) four-door at the Nürburgring to set a new lap record for vehicles of its class, ahead of a full reveal next month.

The all-wheel drive Taycan has an electric motor fixed to both its front and rear axles and has a top speed of more than 250 km/h (155 mph), along with a claimed 0-100 km/h (62 mph) sprint time of under 3.5 seconds.

These capabilities were put to the test at the infamous Nürburgring circuit, with Porsche test driver Lars Kern behind the wheel as the pre-series Taycan cut a lap of the 20.6-km (12.8-mi) course in seven minutes and 42 seconds, a new record for a four-door all-electric sports car.

The all-wheel drive Taycan has an electric motor fixed to both its front and rear axles
The all-wheel drive Taycan has an electric motor fixed to both its front and rear axles

This is a slightly shorter version than the 20.832-km (12.9-mi) configuration Cyan Racing used to lay down a record of its own this week, with its Lynk & Co 03 Cyan Concept slicing 20 seconds off the record for a front-wheel drive production car previously held by the Renault Megane RS Trophy-R.

Porsche plans to fully unveil the Taycan next month, ahead of a market launch at the end of the year. You can check out highlights of its record-breaking run in the video below.

New Porsche Taycan sets a record at the Nürburgring-Nordschleife

Source: Porsche

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guzmanchinky
So last summer I picked up a new car in Germany and took it to the Ring. I paid my 25 Euros and did one lap. I was doing well over 100mph and getting passed by Porsches. That track is really, really hard. I applaud Porsche for this record, that new Tycan looks amazing and sounds even better. And their build quality is 10x what Tesla does, even though I really hope an American company stays on top. That said, if the E400 I bought had an option for all electric drive, I would have checked that box...