Porsche has been very vocal about its aim to ensure that the Taycan, its first all-electric car, would be at home on the racetrack. Porsche’s gasoline-powered cars are famed for their performance and their “soul,” and the company has maintained that the Taycan would be no different.
This means that the upcoming electric four-door sedan would have to be proficient and tuned enough to handle the world’s most challenging racecourses. To accomplish this, Porsche has been taking some of the Taycan’s camouflaged prototypes to one of Germany’s most iconic tracks — the Nurburgring. The intense, twisting 12.93-mile racetrack is famed for its difficulty, resulting in an adage which states that “if a vehicle runs on the Nurburgring, it can run anywhere.”
Just recently, the Porsche Taycan was sighted sharing the famous racetrack with some of Germany’s most iconic high-performance cars, as well as a number of fellow camouflaged prototypes from Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz, to name a few. A video of the vehicles was posted by YouTube’s cvdzijden – Supercar Videos channel, which shares clips of vehicle testing sessions in the racetrack.
The recent Nurburgring session is part of the Industry Pool, an initiative that involves more than two dozen OEMs, all of which combine financial resources to rent out the racetrack four days a week, 16 weeks a year (usually two weeks/month between April and October). In true Industry Pool fashion, several unreleased vehicles could be seen aggressively tackling the turns of the track, but among all of the cars, the Taycan stands apart due to its stealthy way of hugging turns and then exploding forward with its instant torque.
Porsche’s approach to refining the track capabilities of the Taycan is indicative of its experience in the auto industry. Over the past months, the automaker has been taking its camouflaged Taycan prototypes to the Nurburgring for track sessions. This approach seems to be a little bit different from Tesla and its Track Mode for the Model 3 Performance, which was largely developed in-house and heavily software-based. Tesla CEO Elon Musk dubbed Track Mode as an “Expert User Mode” for the electric car, in the way that it would allow drivers to tweak their vehicles’ settings according to their preferences.
The Porsche Taycan is expected to be marketed as a competitor for the Tesla Model S, but its listed specs are more comparable to the Model 3 Performance. The German automaker states that the Taycan would be able to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 3.5 seconds, eventually hitting a top speed of 155 mph. The vehicle is also expected to feature a 310-mile range per charge, and it would be supported by Porsche’s upcoming Charge Parks, a fast-charging network not unlike Tesla’s Superchargers.
Porsche seems to be the one legacy automaker that is really committed to its electric car push. While companies like Jaguar and Mercedes-Benz have released electric vehicles, neither one has announced a dedicated charging infrastructure for their cars. That said, this is not to say that everything about the Taycan is going well.
The company plans to build the Taycan at its Zuffenhausen facility in Stuttgart, Germany, a location that also manufactures the Porsche 911, 718 Boxster, and the 718 Cayman. Last July, Porsche head of production Albrecht Reimold noted that it is quite difficult to find a location to set up the Taycan’s assembly lines in the facility, especially considering the work that would have to be done to transform the factory and optimize it for the electric car’s production. Ultimately, Porsche aims to build 20,000 Taycans per year when the vehicle enters production, which is expected to begin in 2019.
Watch the Porsche Taycan fit right in with other high-performance cars in the video below.