Porsche is proud to report a track record set by the Tayken electric sports sedan on the famous Nordschleife northern section of the Nürburgring. This is an unprecedented record for an electric car on the track, with according to Porsche, the manufacturer’s development driver Lars Kern needed 7:33 minutes to complete the lap aboard the Tayken Turbo S. Kern also holds the record for the fastest lap for a car with a combustion engine, a Porsche 911 GT2 with a time of 6:38 D. The electric sedan was equipped with the new “Performance Kit” and some upgrades in the dynamic calibration system, and according to the manufacturer, no other changes were made from the regular version except for the roll cage (mandatory) and standard sports seats according to the regulations. The weight of the vehicle also matches that of the production car.
The performance kit includes 21-inch RS Spyder rims with road-legal Pirelli P Zero Corsa sports tires. Another component of the performance kit is a Porsche 4D-Chassis Control software update that is matched to the Pirelli sports tires; It analyzes and synchronizes all the surrounding systems in real time and gives the driver very precise control over its ability under extreme loads. “In the past, only super sports cars managed to finish in the 7:33 minute range,” Kern says. “Thanks to the new performance kit I was able to push harder; at the same time, the car was even more rewarding and agile to drive.”
The performance kit is sold by Porsche Tequipment. It will initially only be available in Germany exclusively for the Turbo S package for the 2023 model year. The price for the performance package is 13,377.32 euros (or around 60,000 shekels before customs and various taxes). By the way, Pirelli’s sports tires are mainly intended for driving on race tracks due to the special compound, but buyers can switch back to standard tires at any time, Porsche points out. In this case, there is no need to reload the original PC software either.
“We are very pleased that the Nürburgring record for electric cars is now back in the hands of Porsche,” says Kevin Gick, head of development for the Taycan series. “The lap time not only shows how much potential there is in our new performance kit. It also reaffirms the Taycan’s sporting genes.” The high system output of the Turbo S that produces up to 460 kW (625 hp) gave the test driver a lot of confidence. He adds that with “launch control” activated and 760 hp (with acceleration to 100 km/h in 2.8 s) This is a real powerhouse, on and off the track.
The Tycoon introduced in 2019 is not only extremely fast on the track. It is also armed with one of the most powerful charging systems in the electric vehicle market; Inside its guts you will find a feed adapted to 800 volts that allows the battery to return 100 kilometers in five minutes or 80% in a period of 22 minutes. The Taiken has been available in Israel for two years and is sold starting at NIS 685,000 for a basic rear-wheel drive model.