The first EV from Porsche, the Taycan, has set a new record for the fastest lap of a four-door electric sports car at the holy Nürburgring in Germany. The previous record holder was … well, probably nobody, because Porsche is stretching here a bit to claim that the Taycan set a record.
Automakers love bragging and the Nordschleife course at the Nürburgring is one of the best battlefields. But over the years, the limits of the circuit have been largely explored, so there is not much thin air left for companies that claim to be the fastest around the 12.9-mile track.
This means that automakers are willing to make all sorts of more specific distinctions to claim headlines over records that take us from the fastest car around the Nürburgring to the fastest production car to the fastest non-production-but-still-street-legal car, so far the fastest "four-door, fully electric sports car".
In the broader context of all the top rounds of Nordschleife, the Taycan's 7-minute round of 42 minutes is impressive, but not groundbreaking. He is 20 seconds behind two offers from Porsche & # 39; s combustion engine, the 911 GT2 RS and the Carrera GTS, and almost a minute behind the 911 GT3 RS and the 918 Spyder. Hell, Nissan pulled a faster lap (7 minutes, 24 seconds) in 2010 with a GT-R in semi-wet conditions.
If we don't care about the number of doors anymore, the Taycan round is almost 40 seconds slower than the EP9, a fully electric supercar with production of the Chinese EV startup NIO. And it was about 1 minute and 37 seconds lower than the pace of the purpose-built electric racing car from parent company Volkswagen, the I.D. R. It was also more than two minutes slower than the all-time record achieved by Porsche & # 39; s Le Mans-winning 919 Hybrid EVO.
That said, it was faster than a number of previous EV attempts, such as a fully electric Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG, Audi & # 39; s (ultimately doomed) R8 E-Tron and the Mini E. It is not clear whether another four-door electric cars have attempted to set a record on the Nordschleife beyond what has been driven on the open-to-the-public circuit days.
The Taycan has been one of the most coveted EV's since it was originally teased as the Mission E concept four years ago, and Porsche does a lot to discuss its credibility in performance in the remaining days before the car on September 4 reveals. We have been told that it will be able to launch off the line repeatedly without seriously damaging the battery, something other EV & # 39; s are sensitive to, and Porsche has undergone a so-called debilitating 24-hour durability test to end up on start. The Nürburgring run is just another part of the full Porsche sales pitch for the final version of the car.
With more than 30,000 reservations for a car that is planned get started around $ 90,000, it's not like the company had to go out and invent a record for the Taycan to break. But it is a guess that Porsche de Nürburgring will announce on stage next week when the car is fully detailed in public for the first time.
In addition, the company is about to participate in the all-electric Formula E racing series, where it will compete directly with people like Mercedes-Benz, Audi, BMW, Jaguar and more. So the lap time of the Taycan on the Nürburgring is probably the first time we see the German automaker fighting for full electric bragging.