Who said EVs were bland?
Porsche had a lot to prove when it launched its first-ever all-electric vehicle last year. Even with the rave reviews and a drift record, the automaker continues to make the case for electrification with the Porsche Taycan. Instant torque to the wheels has many benefits, among them lightning-fast acceleration. And so Porsche decided to put this to the test - indoors, that is.
Porsche has revealed a Taycan Turbo S has set a new Guinness World Record title for the fastest indoor speed record. That number is 102.6 mph, beating the previous 86 mph record set in 2011 by Tanner Foust in a $500,000 Ford Fiesta Rallycross for an episode of Top Gear America.
This time, professional racing driver Leh Keen was behind the wheel at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana, a facility that encompasses just over one million square feet. It's almost the ideal setting for this type of thing. Like many other indoor facilities, this one has a polished concrete floor. Driving any vehicle on this type of surface is very similar to being over ice.
"I didn't really appreciate the scale of the record attempt until my first exploratory run," Keen said. "The surface is so unpredictable, so slick, that you have to have complete trust in your car. It truly was like ice - and you're accelerating flat out, facing a really hard wall at the end."
The choice of the Taycan Turbo S makes sense not only because it can accelerate from 0-62 mph in 2.8 seconds, but also due to its excellent de-acceleration systems. All-wheel drive helps provide maximum grip and the powerful carbon-ceramic brakes add further confidence you won't slam into a wall. Impressively, it took Keen only one run to beat and set a new world record.
"I'm thankful to Porsche for trusting my abilities and for their preparations and encouragement - 102.6 mph inside a building," Keen summed up. "What was I thinking?"
However, exploratory runs were done at lower speeds before making the one and only attempt. Taking nearly a decade to break the indoor speed record likely means a new attempt isn't likely to happen for some time.