Porsche is on a record binge with the Taycan. The car has nabbed the fastest production electric lap of the Nurburgring Nordschleife, set the record for the longest EV drift, and it now holds the EV lap record of Road Atlanta thanks to a stunning run in the Turbo S.
WeatherTech SportsCar Championship driver Leh Keen was fielded for the endeavour, and as you can see from the onboard and the exterior footage, he wasn’t hanging around. The car looks like quite a handful, which is inevitable given the car’s 2370kg kerb weight. The lack of engine noise makes the tyre torture all the more noticeable.
There was no existing record to beat, as far as we know - this is merely Porsche laying down a benchmark. The yardstick is 1:33.88, some way off the outright first and second-fastest production car times at the track, both of which are also held by Porsche.
A couple of years ago the company sent around its 911 GT3 RS and GT2 RS track missiles, yielding lap times of 1:26.24 and 1:24.88 respectively.
As for the Taycan, it featured the lengthily-named (and optional) Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control Sport and was set to Sport Plus for the run. Porsche didn’t sneak on a set of Michelin Cup 2s or Pirelli P Zero Trofeo Rs to trim the lap time - the Taycan’s 21-inch Mission E wheels were wrapped in the same P Zero NF0s the car receives from the factory.
With a 2128-mile 24-hour endurance run at the Nardo Ring also in the bag for the Taycan, Porsche already has an enviable trophy cabinet for its first production electric car. We’ve no doubt it’s busy thinking up the next PR exercise, though.