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August 16, 2022

Watch This Porsche Taycan Turbo S Break Tesla's Nürburgring Record

Porsche has broken the lap record for EVs at the Nürburgring Nordschleife using its Taycan Turbo S. Porsche development driver Lars Kern lapped “The Green Hell” in just 7 minutes 33.35 seconds. This is around 3 seconds faster than the previous record holder, the Tesla Model S Plaid.

The all-electric sports sedan was equipped with the new performance kit and Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC) and—aside from the required roll cage and racing seats—was an entirely standard production vehicle. It weighed the same as the series production car. A notary was on hand to verify the new record time on the 20.8-kilometer circuit in Germany’s Eifel region, while TÜV Rheinland confirmed that the record-breaking road car was a standard production model.

The Taycan Turbo S performance kit includes 21-inch RS-Spyder-design wheels with road-approved, Pirelli P Zero Corsa sports tires that are now available for the Taycan. Their tire compound is similar to that of racing tires. Another element of the performance kit is a software update to the Porsche 4D Chassis Control so that it works in harmony with the sports tires. The system analyses and synchronizes all the chassis systems of the Taycan in real time.

The performance kit is offered through Porsche Tequipment. It is currently only available in Germany and only for the 2023 model year Taycan Turbo S sports sedan. Production of these cars started in late July 2022, while the performance kit itself is expected to be available from the end of the year. The plan is for the retrofit to be carried out after initial delivery, in the Porsche workshops in Zuffenhausen. Transport to and from the factory is included, as is the individual vehicle approval and registration of the Taycan. The manufacturer’s warranty for the Taycan is unaffected.

The sports tires are primarily designed for driving on the track. Buyers can therefore switch back to standard road tires at any time. It is not necessary to restore the original chassis software when doing this.

Their record-breaking lap time shows how much potential lies in the new performance kit, while also confirming the sportscar genes of the Taycan. The considerable power of the Turbo S, of up to 460 kW (625 horsepower), was a key factor in its success. With Launch Control active, the car maxes out at 560 kW (761 horsepower) from a standstill.

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