New Taycan cuts 26 seconds off prior best
Beats Tesla by 18 seconds
Welcome to 2024. Porsche has the fastest EV sedan around the Nürburgring once again, and all is well.
Porsche development driver Lars Kern took what the brand is calling a “pre-series Taycan” around the ‘ring and set a time of 7:07.55. That’s 26 seconds faster than his previous record in a Porsche Taycan Turbo S Sport. It’s also 18 seconds faster than Tesla managed in a Model S Plaid.
But look beyond the times, and there’s much more to the story. It sounds like Porsche is building a faster version of the Taycan and that’s the one that set the record.
Porsche called it a pre-series car but didn’t say what that series was. It’s clearly not just a next-generation or facelift base model, so what is it?
We’re making some guesses here, but Taycan Turbo GT is a possibility. Porsche’s fastest modern cars are nearly always in the GT line. Usually, that’s followed by a number, as in the 911 GT2 and GT3 or the Cayman GT4. But when there’s not a race car sibling, it stands alone. See the Cayenne Turbo E-Hybrid with GT Package for an example and one heck of a long name.
“Twenty-six seconds is half an eternity in motorsport,” said Taycan model boss Kevin Giek. He’s not kidding. This means that this newest Taycan is going to have to have more power than the current Turbo S and deliver it for longer periods.