Porsche ‘Invents’ Nürburgring Record for New BEV

Porsche has claimed a new Nürburgring-Nordschleife record, albeit one that the automaker has ‘invented’ to hand a virtual blue riband to its upcoming BEV sportscar.

A Porsche Taycan has set a 7:42 lap time to claim the record for an all-electric four door sports car as the carmaker ramps up its promotional activities ahead of launch next year. The time matches the Cayman GT4’s lap time set in 2015. In comparison to other electric vehicles, it’s just under a minute slower than the NIO EP9, the fastest road-legal EV to set a time around the iconic German track, and 1 minute 40 seconds slower than VW’s ID.R.

A pre-production Taycan also did an endurance test at the high speed Nardo test track in Italy, covering 2,129 miles over 24 hours, with speeds between 121mph and 133 mph. The test was completed “without issue”, according to Porsche, with the car only stopping for quick charging stops and driver changes over the course of the 24 hours.

According to Porsche, the Taycan, its first pure BEV, will be the first production vehicle with a 800-volt system, whereas most others have 400 volts. It claims means performance levels are more consistent, with less fluctuations of power coming from the battery into the motor.

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