Porsche has electrified the Nurburgring with their newest Taycan prototype, clocking an incredible 7:07 lap time just 2 seconds shy of the Rimac Nevera’s EV record.
Slicing through the treacherous 20.8 km Nordschleife 17 seconds quicker than the Tesla Model S Plaid. In June 4, Model S Plaid equipped with the track pack option demolished the lap record for production EVs at Nürburgring, crushing the previous record held by Taycan Turbo S by over 8 freakin’ seconds. Half year later, Porsche’s pre-production thunderbolt marks a new milestone for EVs.
As Porsche’s secret weapon, test driver Lars Kern has worked his magic once again, pushing the envelope in this camouflaged newcomer. Kern’s feat even left Porsche reeling, with spokesperson Kevin Giek noting “In motorsport, 26 seconds is pretty much like a ‘lifetime.’ [Kern’s] impressive time of 7 minutes and 07.55 seconds on the Nürburgring track puts the Taycan on the same level as an electric supercar.”
But Porsche isn’t done yet. With the lap video set for a mid-March release, anticipation is building for the potential unveiling of a new Taycan variant – one equipped to hunt the Nevera and rule the ‘Ring.
Maybe dubbed model name Taycan Turbo GT, this electrified apex predator is expected to deliver 1,000 horsepower from a triple-motor powertrain, rocketing to 60 mph in under 2.5 seconds. Upgraded chassis dynamics and active aero should give the Turbo GT lightning fast reflexes to devour the Nurburgring’s scepter.
Porsche’s one-upmanship versus Rimac has raised the performance bar for EVs, proving these silent assassins can square up against the most extreme supercars. And with the Taycan’s Nurburgring credentials now certified, the stage is set for an electric showdown when Porsche’s finished product emerges.
Records are made to be broken. And Porsche’s prey is clear – the Nevera’s crown. Can the Taycan Turbo GT catch the king of the ‘Ring? Porsche’s glimpse of lap time glory provides an electrifying preview of the hunt to come.