RWD Taycan spent 55 minutes going sideways
Travelled more than 42 km to set EV record
One of the first questions we had about electric vehicles was how long was their range if you spent the entire battery drifting? Ok, maybe that wasn’t one of our questions, but Porsche appears to have just answered it by using a rear-drive Taycan to set a Guinness World Record for the longest continuous drift in an electric car.
Chief Instructor at Porsche Experience Centre Hockenheimring Dennis Retera had behind the wheel duty for the attempt, which was made around the wet skidpad at the track. Retera spent 55 minutes straight going sideways around the 200m long circuit, completing 210 laps and posting a total distance of 42.171 km.
This rear-drive model of the Porsche Taycan is on sale now in China, making it eligible for the record. Guinness verified the distance and they had the car checked by an independent expert to make sure it was both standard and roadworthy. That expert was two-time European drift champ Denise Ritzmann. “You can see at a glance whether the front wheels are pointing in a different direction to the curve. As long as this is the case, the car is drifting,” she said, while helping to count laps.
“When the driving stability programmes are switched off, a powerslide with the electric Porsche is extremely easy, especially of course with this model variant, which is driven exclusively via the rear wheels,” says Dennis Retera, “Sufficient power is always available. The low centre of gravity and the long wheelbase ensure stability. The precise design of the chassis and steering allows for perfect control at all times, even when moving sideways”.
The Taycan now holds multiple records including a 24-hour high-speed endurance run at Nardo, a 7:42 around the Nurburgring, and the ability to make 26 consecutive sprints from 0-200 km/h. Porsche didn’t say what brought the drift to a stop, so we’ll assume it was the battery, spending an hour at close to full accelerator. Because while the car travelled just 42 km, the rear tires would have made many times more turns.
The longest gas-powered drift is a multi-hour 375 km slide from a BMW M5 set in 2018, but that car was able to refuel on the move; a feat it had to accomplish five times during the run.