Porsche ran a Taycan prototype to 2,128 miles in 24 hours at an endurance race track in Italy, commonly used for high-speed endurance testing. During track testing it reached a peak of 129 degrees fahrenheit throughout the speed of 121-133 mph it was averaging the entire time. Best of all, during testing they only stopped to recharge and switch drivers. For many of us here that plan on owning a Taycan, these numbers are very impressive! Hopefully these results hold true with production versions in the hands of actual owners.
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ATLANTA, Aug. 19, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Today Porsche announced the During 24 hours a pre-production Taycan covered a distance of exactly 2,128.1 miles before the world premiere on September 4 as part of a test at the Nardo high-speed track in Italy, nearly the distance from the Porsche headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia to the Porsche Experience Center in Los Angeles, California. With peak temperatures of 107 degrees Fahrenheit and a track temperature of up to 129 degrees, the average speed was kept between 121 and 133 mph, and the Taycan proved its long-distance qualities before its launch. The test was carried out without interruptions, as the prototype only stopped for quick charging and driver changes among six factory test drivers.
Stefan Weckbach, Vice President Product Line, Taycan, was delighted to report, "The Taycan mastered this ambitious endurance run without any problems," adding, "the result achieved in Nardo highlights the advantages of the unique 800-volt technology and its high maturity level. Before the Taycan is launched on the market at the end of the year, we will have covered over 3.7-million test miles across the globe."
The technology: 800-volt system
The Taycan is the first fully electric production vehicle with a system voltage of 800 volts. This technology helped the 919 Hybrid win the 24 Hours of Le Mans three times in a row and is now making the leap into series production.
The 800-volt technology enables consistently high performance, reduces the charging time and decreases the weight and the packaging space of the cabling. During the en-durance test drive at the Nardo Technical Center, 800-volt charging stations by Porsche Engineering Group GmbH were used. These stations will also be used in a joint venture with Ionity.
The Taycan's sophisticated thermal management also proved itself in Nardo. Thermal management revolves around a highly efficient, intelligent system for cooling and heating the high-voltage components. This prevents potential power losses due to excessive heat generation and ensures the optimum temperature for the most efficient charging process has been reached when the vehicle arrives at a charging station.
The car: the first all-electric sports car from Porsche
The new Porsche Taycan not only exhibits endurance, its electric powertrain is designed in such a way that it can unleash its full power even after accelerating several times at short intervals. At the end of July, a prototype vehicle accelerated down an airfield from a complete stop to 124 mph no less than 26 successive times. Impressively, the average acceleration figure from the timed runs was under 10 seconds, with a 0.8-second difference between the fastest and slowest acceleration runs.