How else do you prove an EV is ready for production?
Porsche is getting ready to begin deliveries of its second EV, the Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo. Based on the standard Taycan electric sedan, you'd think that Porsche wouldn't need to perform extensive testing and development on what is essentially a new body style. But the Cross Turismo is intended for use in harsher conditions than the standard Taycan, which is why it will feature a Gravel Mode driving configuration and a raised suspension, while the available Off-Road design package will increase ride height by a further inch.
So how do you test something like the Taycan Cross Turismo to the extreme? Well, for Porsche, it meant building two identical tracks in two polar opposite landscapes and sending the Cross Turismo out to play. Luckily for us, the company recorded the entire thing, and in the process put together a rather spectacular viewing experience.
The two settings for this extreme test of the EV's abilities were Levi, Finland and Liwa, UAE. The former played host to an ice version of the track on a frozen lake within the Arctic circle, with temperatures dropping to -25.6 degrees Fahrenheit (-32 degrees Celsius).
The track in the UAE, conversely, saw temperatures soar to 113 degrees (45 degrees Celsius), representing a remarkable 138-degree temperature span. Both sets of conditions would've placed enormous strain on the Cross Turismo's engineering, as extreme cold and heat can both severely affect a battery's ability to charge and deploy its energy.
For the display, Porsche used the Taycan Turbo Cross Turismo, a model with up to 670 hp under overboost conditions and with a 0-60 mph sprint time of 3.1 seconds. More than 1,200 laps were driven across both circuits to collect all the necessary footage, racking up more than 950 miles in the harshest conditions. A massive 408 hours worth of editing and 86 hours worth of drone footage were required to create the video you see above.
The project, titled Drive2Extremes, looks absolutely spectacular, which is no doubt thanks to the exceptional dronework. That's thanks to Johnny Schaer, better known as Johnny FPV, who is renowned as one of the world's best drone pilots. We've seen drones used for a number of marketing stunts in recent times, but none have been pulled off with quite the same level of flair as this.