The Taycan takes back its crown from the Tesla Model S Plaid
Another chapter has been written in the Nurburgring EV wars as the Porsche Taycan is once again the fastest production electric vehicle around the legendary Nurburgring Nordschleife racetrack. The electric sedan managed to lap the 20.8km racetrack in seven minutes and 33 seconds, beating the Tesla Model S Plaid which took the EV crown from the Taycan itself in September 2021.
The Taycan in this record run was in the Turbo S guise, and was over two seconds quicker than the Tesla Model S Plaid. But what’s special about this Turbo S was that Porsche equipped the electric sedan with the carmaker’s performance package, available through Porsche Tequipment. This pack adds 21-inch alloy wheels with stickier Pirelli P Zero Corsa tyres, and an updated dynamic chassis control system.
Being the creme de la creme of the Taycan lineup, the Turbo S trim packs an electric powertrain pushing a meaty 761PS and 1,015Nm. Other performance trickery includes an adaptive air suspension with PASM (Porsche Active Suspension Management) electronic damper control. The record-setting Turbo S was also fitted with racing seats and a roll cage.
While the Porsche Taycan takes back its EV crown, we’re expecting a counterattack from Tesla soon as Elon Musk claims a modified Model S Plaid with added aero surfaces, carbon brakes and track tyres will attempt the record run. So stay tuned for the next instalment of EV N-Ring wars.