Porsche is out to show that its next Taycan electric car will cover the punishment and perform like any petrol-driven Porsche.
The German sports car manufacturer is grappling with a six-million-mile development and validation program for its upcoming Taycan, which incorporates a series of high-performance tests normally reserved for its traditional sports cars.
The last test concerned the laps of the legendary Nurburgring track in Germany, where the first fully electric car of the company set a time of 7 minutes and 42 seconds.
Time is nothing special in terms of Porsche; the fastest Porsche street car, the 911 GT2 RS, completed the 20.6 km section of the track almost a minute faster, and the full range of 911 sports cars from 20 something faster it's faster around what is the unofficial benchmark for fast cars.
But the Taycan promises to be the fastest all-electric production vehicle in lapping tracks – for now.
In the past, some Porsche engineers discreetly criticized California-based electric vehicle manufacturer Tesla because its cars generally enter a low-power mode when they drive fast on a track.
To be honest, Tesla has never presented his cars as specials on the track, focusing instead on the daily performance and the ability to take off from the lights like a Ferrari with things like the Ludicrous mode.
But being Porsche, Porsche wants to make sure that its Taycan is up to the task of track shots, although its main reason for being is the everyday cruise.
"The Taycan is also suitable for racing tracks and has convincingly demonstrated that here on the most challenging circuit in the world," said Porsche test driver Lars Kern after setting the new record for a four-door electric vehicle.
Porsche says it has worked hard on "thermal management", implementing a dedicated mode focused on the track that opens the cooling fins to help reduce heat in the batteries, one of the key challenges when driving fast with electric cars.
Recently, Porsche also subjected the Taycan to a severe 24-hour test that relied on six test drivers who hit the car around the Nardo test track in Italy. Speeds exceeded 215 km / h in heat up to 42 degrees Celsius.
The Taycan has stopped only for fast charges, using its first 800 Volt charging system in the world that allows a charge of 80% in about 15 minutes.
The Taycan is expected to have a price of around $ 200,000 when it goes on sale in Australia in 2020.