Taycan prototype demonstrates electric propulsion doesn't need to be slow, even at the Green Hell.
There's no shortage of automakers that claim supremacy at the Nürburgring, but none hold the king of bragging rights that Porsche has achieved there. And now it can add one more feather to its racing cap.
The latest record set by the German automaker saw a prototype for the forthcoming Taycan lap the Nordschleife in 7 minutes and 42 seconds. That may not be fast enough to claim the record for the fastest electric vehicle or the fastest four door, but it is the fastest combination of the two ever to lap the legendary circuit.
For reference, consider that parent/sister-company Volkswagen's ID.R holds the record for the fastest electric vehicle at the Nürburgring, having recently clocked a top time of 6:06.336 (though that's a purpose-built time-attack prototype). The Jaguar XE SV Project 8 held the record for the fastest four-door at 7:23.1 (less than 19 seconds ahead of the Taycan) until it was supplanted by the Lynk & Co 03 Cyan Concept, which clocked a lap time of 7:20.1 (<22 seconds quicker than the Taycan) mere days ago. None of those, however, are strictly comparable to Porsche's four-door EV.
We're not sure exactly which vehicle held that particular record until now, but it's worth noting that the two-door Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Electric Drive was previously clocked at 7:50.23. As Electrek points out, a Tesla Model 3 Performance clocked a respectable nine-minute lap during a public track day.
However it stacks up, it's far from the first record that Porsche has claimed at the track that Jackie Stewart nicknamed "the Green Hell." It's also long held the outright lap record, first with the 956 Group C racer (which set a 6:11.13 qualifying time in 1983), and more recently with the 919 Evo (5:19.546 last summer).
Porsche also traded with sister-company Lamborghini for the fastest production-car lap record, clocking a 6:40.33 lap time with a street-legal but somewhat modified 911 GT2 RS (which previously lapped in 6:47.25 without the mods). Both those attempts were handled by the same driver, Lars Kern, who drove the pre-production Taycan on this achievement.
"The Taycan is also suitable for race tracks and it convincingly proved that here on the world's most challenging circuit," Kern explains. "Again and again, I am impressed at how stable the all-electric sports car handles in high-speed sections, such as Kesselchen, and how neutrally it accelerates from tight sections, such as Adenauer Forst."