It’s all but a “secret” now that Porsche is developing the new Taycan and that it will include in its options a new, powerful version that will benefit from a triplet of electric motors with a combined power of 1,000+ horsepower that, apparently, will take place at the top of the range of the renewed electric model.
In addition to the more or less well-known ones above, Porsche decided to “test” the combativeness of the top version of the Taycan on the legendary Nurburgring circuit as an ideal prelude to the new incarnation of the model which was essentially Porsche’s first mass opening to electrification and which is expected to premiere in the first half of 2024.
The result of the new Taycan’s venture on the 21 km course in the “Green Hell” is a lap time spectacularly improved by 26 seconds over the previously known top version of the Taycan Turbo S model which had been aiming for a record time in 2022.
The new Taycan’s time at the Ring was 7 minutes and 7.55 seconds with the assistance of Lars Kern, Porsche test driver in the left seat, and took place in August 2023.
As noted by the head of the Taycan product line at Porsche, Kevin Giek – but also true – “26 seconds in motorsport is like half an eternity. Lars’ time on the Nordschleife is sensational and puts the Taycan on par with electric hypercars. What’s even more impressive is that Lars managed multiple laps in exactly the same time.”
It should also be noted that the above time undercuts the Tesla Model S Plaid and its Ring time of 7 minutes and 25.231 seconds, but also places the new Taycan within striking distance of the electric Rimac Nevera’s record (7 minutes and 5.298 seconds).
Although for obvious reasons Porsche refuses to reveal the full features of the version that recorded the new time record at the German track, it notes that the only additions compared to the corresponding production version are a roll cage, racing bucket seats combined with six seat belts support points. Porsche also clarifies that this is a pre-production version of the new Taycan.
What can be deduced from the images that captured the record is that this prototype has a redesigned bumper with a larger splitter and aerodynamic elements that refer to the GT3 RS versions. Equally visible is the presence of an imposing aerodynamic wing at the rear.
Apart from the elements visible to the naked eye, it should be taken for granted that this is the version with the three motors whose combined power will be close to 1,000 hp without the German brand having yet disclosed the exact size. What has also not been made public is the capacity as well as the chemical composition of the battery that will power the new Taycan. What should be considered more than a given is that the above will have as a starting point an extensively upgraded framework. To be precise, the Taycan is expected to adopt the fully active suspension of the latest Panamera which will replace the mechanical PDCC body roll reduction system of the current Taycan Turbo. The presence of four-wheel steering and a torque management system should be considered a given, which will ensure the new Taycan an extremely dynamic driving profile, as required by Porsche data.