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The Porsche Taycan is going on a European road trip

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Porsche is taking a group of Taycans on a road trip across Europe to show the public and members of the media what it's capable of. Starting in Oslo, Norway, they have driven to cities in Denmark (Copenhagen and Borkop) and Germany (Neumünster, Hamburg, and Bremen).

Porsche is providing updates for each day of the trip, which can be read here: https://newsroom.porsche.com/en/2019/products/porsche-taycan-turbo-s-europe-trip-media-drive-18717

Day Six
The sixth day of the Taycan Roadtrip Europe saw the Chinese media driving across the stunning Lüneburg Heath and down de-restricted sections of the A1 autobahn from Hamburg to Bremen.

The 12-car fleet departed the hotel and initially negotiated the city streets of Hamburg, crossing the river and following a route that allowed the Chinese media to appreciate the beautiful autumnal colours of the Lüneburg Heath National Park, which was utterly stunning in bright sunshine and 25 degree temperatures.

By chance, there were a lot of vintage tractors and horses and carriages in the area, allowing some fortuitously symbolic moments, as the state-of-the-art Taycan found itself juxtaposed with rather more traditional modes of transport.

Today’s route also included 80 km of the A1 autobahn. As sections of it are de-restricted, some of the media were delighted to have the opportunity to really stretch the legs of the Taycan Turbo and Turbo S electric sports cars, achieving very high speeds where the lack of speed limits, light traffic volumes and perfect driving conditions permitted.

As today’s route was only 276 km, no charging stop was required and the cars were able to make their Bremen destination with ease, ready for more driving on this 48 hour media rotation the following morning.

Day Five
It’s one third of the way into Taycan Roadtrip Europe, and the North American media have departed and their counterparts from China have arrived, ready to set off from Hamburg across Lüneburg Heath in the morning.

Even during this planned brief hiatus in the journey, the photographers were out before dawn, capturing stunning images of the Taycan Turbo and Taycan Turbo S electric sportscars as the sun came up over Hamburg.

As well as a new contingent of media, a fresh team of experts from Porsche, including Miriam Mohamad, André Müller, Bernd Propfe and Maik-Uwe Zillich will be joining the event for the next 48 hours.

Day Four
The fourth day of the Taycan drive has seen a new peak charging performance this trip for the Taycan, with a mighty 264 kW of charge being supplied by the Ionity Station during a lunch stop near Neumünster.

On the second day of the North American media’s 48 hour rotation, the 12 Taycan fleet has made faultless progress from the Danish town of Borkop all the way down to the great Hanseatic city of Hamburg. Almost as soon as they set off, the cars headed out onto some exhilarating driving roads, before the Drive said goodbye to Scandinavia and crossed the border into Germany.

The lunch, and charging stop, on the A7 at Aalbek at the 233km point of a 320km day, was after a section of derestricted autobahn. The new record charging performance for the drive, with a recorded 264 kW, was achieved thanks to Ionity’s superb charging infrastructure – and a couple of our media guests arriving with less than 5% of charge.

Experts from Porsche, including Matthias Kirchgässner, Director Sales and Marketing Product Line Taycan and Benjamin Passenberg, Manager High-Voltage System Taycan, were on hand to increase the already high level of knowledge of the media participating in the Taycan Drive. During a break from autobahn driving, Ralf Häßler, Director Aerodynamics and Thermal Management, was able to explain how the flat floor and extremely wide rear diffuser, which are possible on an electric car, not to mention the air curtains round the headlights, help the Taycan achieve the lowest drag co-efficient of any Porsche at 0.22.

Day Three
The third day of the Taycan Drive has just finished and the convoy has just arrived at their stop for the night near the Danish town of Borkop, having started the day in Copenhagen.

This has been the first of two days for the American and Canadian media. Today’s drive has seen 12 Taycan Turbo and Turbo S electric sports cars complete 343 km in a little over five hours, stopping for the drivers to enjoy lunch, and the cars a quick charge, at the Ionity Station in Nyborg.

Feedback from the media has been very positive, with the route coming in for special praise, as it has been particularly scenic today, taking in Själland, the crossing of the Great Belt via the Storebarlt Bridge and, after lunch, the island of Funen.

Mayk Wienkötter has been really moved today by the warmth of the reception wherever the cars have been. “Everywhere we drive, we have been greeted with smiles and waves, especially from the kids. The Taycan just looks so futuristic – they can tell it’s really new and how it is obviously a really special car. I’ve been told that a lot of media have been trying out the launch control system of the Taycan today, and putting to the test how it can be done repeatedly. I did hear from one media colleague that they had set up a camera while their passenger was sleeping, and then performed a 2.8 second 0-100km/h start. That must have been quite the way to be woken up! We’ll be crossing the border into Germany just north of Hamburg tomorrow and the media will experience their first sections of de-restricted autobahn at the wheel of the Taycan, which I believe a few are really looking forward to.”

Day Two
At the end of the second day of the Taycan media launch, the convoy has reached Copenhagen. With media from the UK, Denmark, Sweden and Germany at their wheels, 12 Porsche Taycan Turbo and Taycan Turbo S electric sportscars have made their way from Gothenburg in Sweden all the way to Denmark’s capital today.

410 effortless kilometres have been ticked off with all types of driving included, from city traffic to plenty of exhilarating twists and turns as the back roads followed the Swedish coastline. The route also included some cruising along the motorway to the Ionity Charging Station at Circle K, Varberg Nord. Each car had a quick 20 minute charge while its driver enjoyed lunch from the Airstream travel trailer that is being towed the whole length of the event by a Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid. From there, they were soon crossing the border into Denmark via the stunning Øresund Bridge, before serenely negotiating the city streets of Copenhagen.

“It’s been another very successful day,” according to Mayk Wienkötter, our man on the scene. “The cars and charging infrastructure are making it all look very easy.”

Day One
This morning, no fewer than 18 gleaming examples of the first electric sports car from Porsche left Oslo at the beginning of a media drive entirely in keeping with the ambition and significance of the Porsche Taycan. If any doubt remained in anyone’s minds as to the importance of the occasion, it would have been immediately banished by the presence of almost the whole board of Porsche, including CEO Oliver Blume and the press conference’s keynote speaker, Member of the Executive Board, Research and Development, Michael Steiner.

In blustery Norwegian sunshine, journalists from China, the US, the UK, Germany, Italy, France, Switzerland and Norway set off from The Thief Hotel, gliding effortlessly south through Oslo towards the Swedish border. Porsche brand ambassadors Mark Webber and Aksel Lund Svindal were on hand to share their experiences of driving the Taycan, with the sort of insights only possible from two of the fastest people ever on four wheels and two skis respectively. Once clear of the city limits, the media were able to sample the performance-orientated dynamics of the Taycan on some of Norway’superb driving roads, before a long run down the highway to the Swedish border. Once customs formalities had been cleared, the cars forged onwards to the only charging stop of a 400km day’s driving, the Ionity station in Strömstad. The cars’ batteries were topped up during a quick 20 minute stop, thanks to charging rates of up to 258kW being recorded. From there, the cars re-joined the highway for the rest of the journey to Gothenburg.

Mayk Wienkötter, Spokesperson for E-Mobility and Product Line Taycan for Porsche, said “we have set out to demonstrate the thrilling way that the Taycan drives alongside its sheer usability, with a journey from city to city across Europe. This is only possible due to our car’s range, which is up to 450km according to WLTP, and efficient charging infrastructure that already exists. Tomorrow’s long-distance combination of city streets, highway and back roads takes us to Copenhagen.
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Porsche provided a recap of the road trip since it just ended. In total, their group of Taycans were driven a combined total of 87,930 km by members of the media.

An extraordinary car requires an extraordinary launch. The first electric sports car from Porsche demanded a very special programme on which to give the world’s media their first chance to drive it – and Taycan Roadtrip Europe was just that.

Setting off from Oslo on 17th September, and arriving in Stuttgart 19 days later, Taycan Roadtrip Europe took in nine countries in total and gave no fewer than 365 members of the world’s media the opportunity to drive the new Porsche Taycan.

At the beginning of the event, Mayk Wienkötter, Spokesperson Model Line Taycan and E-Mobility, said: “We have set out to demonstrate the thrilling way that the Taycan drives alongside its sheer usability, with a journey from city to city across Europe. This is only possible due to our car’s range, which is up to 450km according to WLTP, and efficient charging infrastructure that already exists.”

Each day, the media would set off in a staggered convoy of anything up to 18 cars, with a blend of Taycan Turbo and Turbo S variants. In the weeks and months leading up to the event, the routes had been carefully curated to offer a mixture of city streets, exhilarating back roads and motorways, which included sections of de-restricted autobahn when the route reached Germany.

A total of 87,930 km
If the day’s route was long enough, a lunch and charging stop at one of IONITY’s charging stations was scheduled, with meals being served from an Airstream travel trailer, towed from stop to stop by a Porsche Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid, with a towing capacity of 3,000 kg. Charging times were never more than twenty minutes, and rates of 260 kW and above were recorded.

Three stills photographers and two video crews were on hand throughout, ensuring that the media got the support they needed to do their jobs efficiently, capturing images as the Taycan travelled through some of the most iconic scenery in Europe. From the Scandinavian shoreline to the mountains of the Austrian Alps, from the windmills of the Low Countries to the forests of Germany, they recorded stunning images of the Taycan, which carries the Porsche DNA into the electric age.

As Miro Demel, Manager Event Communication at Porsche, said: “Media from 46 different countries took part in the expedition, driving a total of 87,930 km between them. That equates to more than twice round the world. With their electric powertrains, the Taycan did not consume a single litre of petrol, but, according to our records, their drivers did get through more than 200l of coffee, nearly 1500 burgers, 30 kg of chocolate and no fewer than 15 party boxes of Haribo …”

The Taycan Roadtrip Europe
However, the last comments should come from some of the media guests, who attended Taycan Roadtrip Europe and, on it, formed their opinions on this most important of new Porsche sports cars.

Auto Express Magazine said “the new Porsche Taycan could well be the finest and most complete electric car we’ve ever driven. It handles like a sports car, with savage acceleration and an agile, rewarding chassis – yet offers four seats and a usable range. Price will limit its popularity to begin with, but if the entry level models are anything like as good as this top spec Turbo S – and we’ve little reason doubt they will be – the Taycan could go from being a great EV, to being a great car full stop.”

BBC Top Gear Magazine said, “Stuttgart’s first EV is a proper Porsche – massively fast, great to drive, quick to charge and practical enough to use every day.”

18 Taycan set out from Oslo and 18 arrived in Stuttgart, having driven the equivalent of twice round the world, without a single scratch on them. It was truly the extraordinary event such an extraordinary car deserved.
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