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Porsche Taycan Sets Record at Nürburgring-Nordschleife

Porsche test driver Lars Kern set a course record for four-door, all-electric sports cars on the 12.8-mile Nürburgring-Nordschleife, laying down a lap of seven minutes and 42 seconds in the company’s first all-electric sports car, the Taycan.

The Taycan features two electric motors on the front and rear axles, giving the model all-wheel drive, as well as adaptive air suspension with three-chamber technology, electronic damper control and an electromechanical roll stabilization system. The record-breaking car also featured rear-axle steering and 21-inch tires.

“The Taycan is also suitable for race tracks and it convincingly proved that here on the world’s most challenging circuit,” Kern said. “Again and again, I am impressed at how stable the all-electric sports car handles in high-speed sections, such as Kesselchen, and how neutrally it accelerates from tight sections, such as Adenauer Forst.”

Porsche says the Taycan is the first production vehicle with a system voltage of 800 volts, rather than the normal 400 volts for electric cars, which they say could lead to high levels of consistent performance.

Watch an onboard video of the record-setting lap