Two 2021 Porsche Taycan models have recently sped into the record books establishing 13 British endurance records.
The Porsche Taycan now lays claim to having driven 1000kms in 13 hours at the Brands Hatch racing circuit in the UK, taking the record in the category of 'electric vehicles (EVs) over 1000kg'.
Of the 13 records, Porsche set the quickest EV to reach 50km, 50 miles, 100km, and 500km marks from a standstill – among others – as well as the 1000km distance record.
Brands Hatch was the location of choice, with the German manufacturer having claimed various endurance trophies at the track. In fact, Porsche made up the first six places during a 1000km race in 1984.
To assist with the task, a star-studded line-up of drivers took to the wheel of a Taycan Turbo S and Taycan 45, with all cars were exhibiting tribute liveries to celebrate the success of Porsche at the historical circuit.
Drivers included Le Mans legend Richard Attwood, ex-Formula One and Porsche racer Jonathan Palmer, 2020 Porsche Carrera Cup GB champion Harry King and 2020 Cayman Islands Porsche Sprint Challenge GB champion James Dorlin.
The mission was to cover 1000kms within 13 hours of track time – all of which needed to be completed with the utmost precision and efficiency.
As a target for energy consumption, the drivers were given a lap time to meet, averaging 70 kilowatt hours per hundred miles.
“It’s a really strange and quite unique experience really, you're trying to do laps of Brand Hatch while trying to save energy, yet trying to still go quickly at the same time.” James Dorlin explained.
What’s more, if unchartered territory and time constraints weren’t already enough, the crew weren’t dealt the easiest conditions with rain hampering the final few hours of their stint. Slippery conditions meant that the drivers had to maximise cornering speed to minimise any energy that may have been wasted.
One thing Porsche had on their side was the luxury of charging. The large unit from Germany had the ability to charge the Taycan's to 80 per cent in approximately 20 to 25 minutes.
Once the sun had well and truly set and with only 10 to 15 per cent of charge left, all records were broken with the pinnacle being the 1000km run. This was completed in exactly 13 hours and 25 seconds.
Others included 200kms in 2 hours, 28 minutes and 49 seconds completed by the Turbo S, while the 4S achieved 500kms in 6 hours, 31 minutes and 56 seconds.
The Porsche Taycan was revealed in Australia in June 2020. The 4S has a starting price of $190,400 before on-road costs, while the Turbo S will set you back $338,500 before on-road costs.