Taycan Turbo GT fastest Porsche ever!

Riley Riley

Porsche’s fastest production car ever, the Taycan Turbo GT with Weissach package — has posted another lap record.

Taycan Turbo GT with Weissach package has earned the title of fastest electric series-production car at the Weathertech Raceway Laguna Seca, in California.

With a time of 1:27.87 mins, Porsche development driver Lars Kern put in a faster lap than any other driver has before with a road-approved electric car.

Not long before that, a pre-production version of this same car set a new class record on the Nürburgring.

Kern was also at the wheel on that occasion and posted a lap time of 7:07.55 mins on the Nordschleife — a whopping 26 seconds faster than Kern recorded for his last record lap in a Taycan Turbo S sport sedan equipped with the performance package.

This time also stands as the current record for a series-production electric car and also makes the Turbo GT the fastest four-door of any powertrain type on the Nürburgring.

“The two records in Laguna Seca and on the Nordschleife show what great track potential there is in the Taycan,” Porsche’s Kevin Giek said.

“To prove your mettle on the track, it’s not enough to simply have as much power as possible.

“The overall package of accelerating and braking, cornering grip, aerodynamics, stability and fine-tuning has to be right.

“In the Taycan Turbo GT and the Taycan Turbo GT with Weissach package in particular, our engineers have achieved this in absolutely stunning fashion.

“They have already done a great job with the recently updated existing Taycan models.

“But our new GT cars yet again clearly raise the bar even higher in terms of driving dynamics.”

Driver Kern said the Turbo GT with Weissach package sets new standards in almost every metric.

These include acceleration and braking, an Attack Mode that’s intuitive to use and a powertrain designed for maximum traction and performance.

And the cornering grip levels are just as impressive.

“The controllability and light-footedness are unbelievable,” he said.

“The tyres work very well and you have the right balance in every driving situation.

“It is incredibly good fun to drive this car around the undulating track at Laguna Seca.”

Attack Mode is based on the push-to-pass function of the other Taycan models.

When triggered, up to 120kW of additional power is available for 10 seconds at the press of a button.

The system is optimised for driving on the track and functions in a similar way to the 99X racing cars that Porsche uses in the Electric ABB FIA Formula E World Championship.

The boost is indicated by a countdown timer in the instrument cluster and dynamically staged with animated rings on the speedometer.

Compared to the push-to-pass function in the other Taycan models, Attack Mode offers 50kW more boost power and is operated and made available in different ways.

As an alternative to pressing the mode switch that’s mounted just off to the side of the steering wheel boss, Attack Mode can also be activated and deactivated via the right-hand paddle.

This makes the function easier to use on the track.

The Taycan Turbo GT and Taycan Turbo GT with Weissach package are the new sporting flagship models and take Taycan performance to the next level.

Equipped with a more powerful pulse inverter, both cars have 580kW.

With Launch Control that increases to up to 760kW of overboost power or up to 815kW for two seconds according to the peak power measurement method.

The Taycan Turbo GT needs just 2.3 seconds to accelerate from zero to 100km/h, or just 2.2 seconds with the Weissach package.

This makes the model one- to two-tenths of a second faster than the Taycan Turbo S.

The difference in acceleration from a standstill to 200km/h for the track is even greater: 6.6 or 6.4 seconds for the Taycan Turbo GT without/with Weissach package, which is up to 1.3 seconds quicker than the Taycan Turbo S.


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