The Porsche Taycan Turbo S sets a lap record around Road Atlanta

It managed to lap the track in just under 94 seconds.

Porsche has a thing for setting lap records. From GT cars around the Nordschleife to oddball drift and slalom records, Porsche has nonetheless come back with another smashed lap time, this time around the famous Road Atlanta Raceway in Georgia, USA.

The run was made in early November with professional racing driver Leh Keen behind the wheel and standard issue tyres and wheels akin to a regular road Taycan Turbo S. It managed to lap the track in just 1:33.88, making it the fastest production electric vehicle to ever lap Road Atlanta.

It’s to no surprise that Porsche’s EV was able to set the record, as it’s well documented to be one of the quickest accelerating cars on the planet. 559kW (750hp) of power and 1049Nm of torque going to all four wheels, 0-100km/h can be reached in just 2.8 seconds. Now, bundled in with the benefit of acceleration, potential Taycan Turbo S buyers can be assured that their electric saloon isn’t only quick in a straight line.

Watch and listen to the whirring noises of the electric motors, as they effortlessly spin up to triple digit speeds in split seconds. The driver, Keen, spoke about the record run, saying that “this track is unforgiving, meaning you have to trust the car completely… The performance through the turns was surprising. Turn-in, in particular, was crisp and consistent, and the steering response was immediate and communicative. The power pins your head back coming out of any corner, and the brakes have excellent feedback… The electric motors respond so quickly, the power is right there when I need it, and combined with the active differentials, makes the Taycan a game-changer when it comes to handling.”

Porsche is confident in saying that the vehicle was left in complete production guise, with Pirelli P Zero NF0 Elect summer tyres, standard sized 265/35 and 305/30 staggered wheels, and 21 inch Mission-E style wheels – all standard or optional extras available from the factory.

The lap-time was confirmed by Racelogic through the VBOX system installed in the car during the lap, and it joins Porsche’s other record around Road Atlanta, the GT2 RS, which has been confirmed as the fastest production-car around the famous track.

The GT2 RS still manages to go round the track nine seconds faster than the Taycan Turbo S, however Porsche’s saloon certainly holds its own in its respective car class.


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