The Taycan has been taking on the world lately, setting cross-country records in the US and beating range predictions. But how does it fare against some of Porsche’s best?
The automaker decided to take the Taycan Turbo S to Sandown International Raceway near Melbourne, Australia to find out. The EV went toe-to-toe with the 911 GT3 RS and the 911 GT3 Cup car, two of the breed’s fastest, for two races.
The first is a race around the circuit in which the Taycan gets a 3.4 second head start and the GT3 RS gets a 2.0 second head start. As it transpires, the Taycan wins by a hare’s breath.
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Of course the race was set up to favor the EV, but even with its head start, beating both a race car and one of the fastest production cars around the Nürburgring is not to be sniffed at.
The next race is a straight up drag race. As we all know, EVs are very quick off the line and that’s certainly proven here. The Taycan launches hard and keeps its lead throughout the drag, easily beating the other two.
Although it plays to the Taycan’s strength, it’s an impressive feat all the same. That said, as we recently learned thanks to the Mustang GT500, track tires aren’t necessarily well suited to drag races, much like horsepower ratings and 0-60 times are not conclusive when it comes to lap times.
Even though this test was designed to show off the Taycan’s strengths, it’s nice to see that the people at Weissach have truly made an electric Porsche and not just slapped the badge on any other EV.