Will the upcoming Porsche Taycan be the world’s fastest production car around the Nurburgring?
It could be.
Porsche has announced that it is targeting a sub 8-minute lap time around the world-famous German racetrack, differentiating itself from other electric sedans (namely Tesa) which boast impressive straight-line sprints but have shown an inability to hold up to the repeated stresses of performance driving on a track.
Interestingly, Porsche has come to this conclusion, not through real world testing.
Instead, Porsche has taken some early shakedown testing and then perfected the car over its testing lifecycle. While designing a car digitally to perfect its aerodynamics in the real world is something all automakers now do, Porsche appears to be stepping up the digital aspect of its prototypes and modifying them to perform virtually (in simulations) – trusting that this will translate to real world results.
Porsche has not announced if and when it will do final Nurburgring testing of the car to see just how the car’s digital performance is reflected in the real world.
Currently Porsche holds the record for the world's fastest sedan around the Nurburgring, with the Panamera Turbo lapping the circuit in just 7:38.
Can the Taycan top that?