Rekordfahrt! The Porsche Taycan Turbo S Just Beat Tesla’s Nürburgring Lap Record08/10/2022
A few years ago, the Porsche Taycan Turbo S set the fastest lap time record for a production electric vehicle around the German Nürburgring racetrack, and then it was beaten by a Tesla Model S Plaid last year. Now, Porsche has taken the record back with key upgrades to its Taycan.
When Tesla’s Plaid, equipped with the controversial yoke steering wheel, posted an impressive time of 7:35:579, beating Porsche and taking over the record for a production EV at the track, Porsche took notice. Now the Plaid’s reign is over, as Porsche says its Taycan Turbo S equipped with a “Tequipment” performance package has set a new record time of 7:33:350, nearly two seconds quicker than the Tesla, a “rekordfahrt” in German.
“We’re delighted that the Nürburgring record for electric cars is back in Porsche hands,” says Kevin Giek, Vice President Model Line Taycan. “This lap time not only shows how much potential lies in our new performance kit, but also confirms once again the sports car genes of the Taycan.”
If you’re wondering where Porsche found a few more seconds in its Taycan Turbo S lap time, you can thank the German-market performance package equipped on the car this time, along with the equipped Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control system.
The only “modifications” made to the car were a roll cage and special racing seats, which are required by the ‘Ring if you want to set a time. Porsche also had a notary on hand to confirm the record, and brought TÜV Rheinland to certify that the car was indeed an otherwise unmodified production car.
The new ‘Ring record should help sell the performance kit by Porsche Tequipment. It includes 21-inch RS Spyder wheels wrapped with racing compound Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires, as well as a software update that tunes the car’s chassis systems to take full advantage of the stickier rubber. The package is only available in Germany, and will only be available at the end of this year. Customers who opt for the package can take delivery of their car now, and Porsche will pay to ship it back for the package upgrade when it’s ready.
With Tesla and Porsche only two seconds apart, will another EV manufacturer come along to set a new production record and beat them both? Lucid?
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