It's now the fastest EV around the famous track.
For a while, we've known that the 2021 Porsche Taycan Turbo S is one of the quickest cars on the planet, not just amongst electric vehicles. Its two electric motors deliver a spine-snapping jolt with 750 horsepower and 774 lb-ft of torque going to all four wheels, shooting the car to 60 mph in just 2.6 seconds. But Porsche wants buyers to know that the Taycan Turbo S is more than quick in a straight line. It's blisteringly fast around a race track.
That is why Porsche sent the Taycan around Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta's 2.54-mile race track. Located not far from Porsche Cars North America, the track offers plenty of long straights and elevation changes to test the Taycan's might. In Turbo S guise, the Taycan set a lap time of 1:33.88, a new production electric vehicle record.
"This track is unforgiving, meaning you have to trust the car completely," said professional race car driver Leh Keen, who set the record. The Taycan's rear-axle steering and optional Porsche dynamic chassis control sport helped push the car towards this important achievement.
"The performance through the turns was surprising. Turn-in, in particular, was crisp and consistent, and the steering response was immediate and communicative. The power pins your head back coming out of any corner, and the brakes have excellent feedback," Keen added. "The electric motors respond so quickly, the power is right there when I need it, and combined with the active differentials, makes the Taycan a game-changer when it comes to handling."
Porsche is adamant that the 2020 Taycan Turbo S that took the track on November 3 was representative of a customer vehicle. The car wore Pirelli P Zero NF0 Elect summer tires, as equipped from the factory, sized 265/35-21 in the front and 305/30-21 in the rear, wrapped around 21-inch Mission-E design wheels. Standard features on the Turbo S include rear-wheel steering with power steering plus, adaptive air suspension with active suspension management, torque vectoring plus, and ceramic composite Brakes
The lap was verified by timing expert Racelogic, using their VBOX Video HD2 system.