Pre-series Taycan Turbo S ripped through the Nordschleife 26 seconds quicker than the current version.
Porsche's lap record for its Taycan Turbo S on the Nurburgring Nordschleife was 7 minutes and 7.55 seconds, set by Porsche development driver Lars Kern in August 2022 in a current-generation vehicle with the performance package.
On 2 January 2024, Lars walloped his own lap time in a pre-series next-generation Taycan Turbo S by an eye-watering 26 seconds, making this the fastest electric car from Zuffenhausen!
“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,” said head of the model line, Kevin Giek.
“And the impressive thing about it is that over several laps, Lars clocked almost exactly the same time.” Almost exactly within a second of one another.
“I pushed as hard as I could, but that was really all I could do,” said Kern. The Nurburgring-Nordschleife was at the exclusive disposal of the experienced racer for the day of fast laps.
For safety reasons, the test car was equipped with the legally prescribed roll cage, along with racing bucket seats.
Compared to the 2022 record, the times were significantly better. The pre-series car was a good 25km/h faster heading into Schwedenkreuz.
To illustrate the difference further, by the time Kern crossed the finish line near Grandstand 13 (T13) this time, he would have only just been passing the entrance to the Nordschleife, about to enter the Antoniusbuche section, during his record drive in 2022.
This put the distance between the pre-series Taycan and the current Turbo S at more than 1.3 kilometres – a figure that illustrates the leap in performance achieved on the 20.8km-long "Green Hell" in Germany’s Eifel region.
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