It's got more than enough power for the job.
Porsche has announced that the Taycan Turbo S will be the next official safety car for the 2022 season of Formula E. The electric super sedan will lead the charge at the innovative racing series which will kick off in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia, on January 28. The example will boast unique paintwork that flies the colors of all eleven teams competing for this year as well as the official colors of the FIA and Formula E.
Porsche says that this decision symbolizes its commitment to everyone involved in the sport and to the common path of transitioning towards an all-electric future. Additionally, it gives a visual expression of social values about diversity and community. Porsche adds that the number 22 acknowledges the performance of the 22 drivers who will compete in this year's season. This will also be the official replacement for the Mini Electric Pacesetter which held this duty last year.
Mind you, Porsche simply didn't take a Taycan Turbo S from the dealer floor and slap some stickers on it. For this unit to cater to the FIA standards, it was fitted with a roll cage and racing bucket seats with six-point seatbelts. A wire harness for the safety car lighting and Marelli Logger System is incorporated as well.
Flashing lights are integrated into the bumpers while a fire extinguisher and a high-tech communication system round up the requirements for the electric sedan to fulfill its duties. At the wheel will be long-standing FIA Formula E safety car driver Bruno Correia who also has experience racing in the Formula Ford 1600 and the Brazilian Supertouring Championship.
The stock Porsche Taycan Turbo S benefits from a dual-motor setup that delivers 750 horsepower. Using the launch control system, it will accelerate from 0-60 mph in 2.6 seconds and reach a top speed of 161 mph. This is quite a bit more than the 470-hp output quoted for the third generation of Formula E cars, but consider that these racers are also quite a bit lighter than the Porsche.
Thomas Laudenbach, Vice President Porsche Motorsport says: "We're proud that Formula E has entrusted a Porsche with this task - one that is important for the safety of its drivers. With the Taycan Turbo S as the official safety car, we're making an important contribution to track safety and also underlining the importance of Formula E for Porsche Motorsport."