Tesla rival Porsche Taycan (Mission E) hits Nürburgring for high-speed testing

The Porsche Taycan, formerly known as the Mission E sedan, was recently spotted doing some high-speed testing at Germany’s famed Nürburgring. As could be seen in a compilation of the all-electric car’s runs, it appears that the Taycan would be able to live up to Porsche’s statement that the vehicle would be capable of being driven hard for extended periods on the track.

The recent video of the Taycan’s high-speed Nürburgring run was uploaded by noted YouTube car enthusiast Automotive Mike, who was able to film the vehicle at multiple points in the 12.9-mile track. True to its pedigreed ICE-powered siblings, the Taycan looks very much at home on the Nürburgring, going through corners at high speed by taking advantage of its low center of gravity caused by its floor-mounted battery pack.

Unlike the recent advertisements for the vehicle, however, Porsche opted to drive a pre-production Taycan prototype around the track. The pre-production units of the Taycan feature several different elements from the original Mission E concept unveiled at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. Porsche’s Mission E concept car has been received with acclaim, partly thanks to its futuristic design and unique elements such as its rear suicide doors. Compared to the Mission E concept, however, the design of the Porsche Taycan’s pre-production vehicle is rather tame. The Taycan’s rear, for one, has been changed from the concept car’s original design, as it now features a more traditional Porsche 911-esque theme. Fake exhaust pipes are also fitted in the pre-production Taycan, likely as a means to throw off onlookers.

The Taycan is expected to be released at some point next year. Designed as an all-electric all-wheel-drive vehicle, the Taycan is expected to compete in the same segment as Tesla’s flagship Model S sedan. The Taycan features some impressive specs to make it attractive on the market, including a 0-60 mph time of 3.5 seconds, a range of 310 miles, and a maximum speed of 155 mph. As noted by Porsche VP of Product Line BEV, Stefan Weckbach, the Taycan (dubbed as the Mission E sedan at the time) would establish itself as a track-worthy alternative to the Tesla Model S, an electric car that is quick on the drag strip but flawed on the track. With this in mind, it appears that Porche’s continued high-speed testing sessions on the Nürburgring are an attempt to ensure that when the car does get released, even hardcore Porsche owners can attest to the vehicle’s “soul” and racing pedigree.

While the Porsche Taycan would most definitely perform better than the current-generation Model S on the track, Tesla’s new vehicles could soon give the German legacy automaker some competition in places like the Nürburgring. The Model 3 Performance, for one, is expected to be a capable track vehicle, with Elon Musk stating that it would be 15% faster on a racecourse than a BMW M3. The Model 3 Performance’s listed specs are actually quite similar to the Taycan, with Tesla’s compact electric car having a 0-60 mph time of 3.5 seconds, a range of 310 miles, and a top speed of 155 mph. Once the production version of the Taycan is ready, it would likely be only a matter of time before auto enthusiasts would start pitting Porsche’s pedigreed electric car against the Model 3 Performance.

Now as for how the Porsche Taycan would compare to Tesla’s oft-rumored upcoming update to the Model S? Well, that is an entirely different rabbit hole altogether.

Watch the Porsche Taycan (Mission E) take on the Nürburgring in its latest track testing session.

Tesla rival Porsche Taycan (Mission E) hits Nürburgring for high-speed testing
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