Porsche’s forthcoming Taycan EV is the most hotly anticipated electric vehicle since lines formed around the virtual block for the Tesla Model 3. While some would-be Tesla killers have taken their shot and others are still aiming, Porsche’s first fully electric vehicle is expected to be the best contender to topple the Model S from the performance EV throne.
- Porsche says it lapped a Taycan on a race track for 24 hours, simulating an endurance race such as the 24 Hours of Le Mans in France or the 24 Hours of Daytona in Florida.
- The prototype car racked up 2,128 miles during the event, in which it used DC fast charging to replenish its battery.
- While on the track the Taycan maintained an average speed between 121 and 133 miles per hour.
Porsche’s Taycan EV prototype used DC fast charging to rack up over 2,000 miles in a 24-hour testing session. (Photo: Porsche)
Miles and miles and miles
Porsche conducted the test at the high-speed Nardo Ring track in Italy as part of its testing regimen for the new electric sports car, one that it says will have covered 3.7 million miles in various locations around the world before the car goes on sale later this year. Porsche says ambient temperature hit 107 degrees Fahrenheit and track temperatures up to 129 degrees were reported, increasing the significance of the test.
Heat is the enemy of EVs on the raceteack, where the Tesla Model S has been known to have problems with overheating of its battery pack. Extreme temperature can also limit battery charging performance, especially with high-load DC charging. The Taycan uses a novel 800-volt electrical system with specialized chargers that were used for the lapping session. Porsche Engineering has owned the Nardo Technical Center facility since 2012.
While the Taycan’s feat is still a long ways off the 24 Hours of Le Mans record — 3,362 miles by a diesel Audi in 2010 — the prototype Porsche’s run is still impressive.
WHY THIS MATTERS
Porsche has a long and storied racing heritage that is the core of the brand. Being able to prove that its new electrified products are designed for track duty and capable of performing in that grueling environment will be paramount in gaining customer acceptance at the high end of the market, especially with new contenders from Lotus and others coming soon.