German automaker Porsche is gearing up to unveil an enhanced version of its all-electric sedan, the Taycan. The company, in an unprecedented move, has disclosed a remarkable Nurburgring lap time ahead of the official launch. Test driver Lars Kern achieved an outstanding time of 7:07.55, showcasing a significant 26-second improvement over the car's previous best lap.
Kevin Giek, head of the model line, expressed enthusiasm, stating, “Twenty-six seconds is half an eternity in motorsport. Lars' lap time of 7:07.55 minutes on the Nordschleife is sensational, putting the Taycan in the same league as electric hypercars. And the impressive thing about it is that over several laps, Lars clocked almost exactly the same time.”
This accomplishment not only signifies a substantial advancement over the existing Taycan model but also outpaces its main rival, the Tesla Model S Plaid, which recorded a best-ever lap time of 7:25.23. The Taycan Turbo GT's performance places it ahead of formidable competitors like the Porsche 918 Spyder and the McLaren 720S. It also comes close to the record-setting Rimac Nevera, with a lap time of 7:05.298.
While details on the specific enhancements remain undisclosed, Porsche mentions that the vehicle was 15 mph (25 km/h) faster at Schwedenkreuz and completed the lap over 0.8 miles (1.3 km) ahead of the Turbo S, setting the previous Taycan Nurburgring benchmark.
Reports suggest that the model's improvements may stem from a revised chassis setup and new aero elements, including a carbon fiber spoiler. The Taycan Turbo GT is anticipated to feature a three-motor setup, producing approximately 1,000 hp (746 kW / 1,014 PS), nearing the Tesla Model S Plaid's total of 1,020 (761 kW / 1,034 PS).
Porsche has promised to release a full onboard video of the lap in mid-March, likely coinciding with the official launch of the upgraded Taycan. Stay tuned for comprehensive coverage of the updated Porsche Taycan.