This thing is fast!
Porsche proudly declared today that it set a new record for a production electric vehicle lapping the Nurburgring Nordschleife, which is a big deal in the car world. Using a Taycan Turbo S, a driver got around the Green Hell in 7minutes 33.3 seconds. In case you haven’t been keeping track, that edged out the previous record held by the Tesla Model S Plaid at 7 minutes 35.6 seconds.
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For quite some time, automakers have been using the Nurburgring Nordschleife as a measurement of overall performance for production vehicles. Considering the 12.92 mile track comes with a little bit of everything from tricky chicanes to elevation drops and big straightaways for hitting top speeds, enough people consider it to be an important measurement.
Not everyone likes how much importance is placed on lap times of the old German circuit. And while you can certainly argue there are flaws in placing too much emphasis on Nurburgring times, the same can be said for 0-60 or quarter mile times.
No doubt, Elon Musk and his engineers are hard at work trying to figure out how the Porsche Taycan Turbo S edged out their super sedan. A hotter version of the Model S might have already been in the works anyway since that seems to be a never-ending quest. Don’t expect Porsche lift off the accelerator either. Ultimately, this is the beautiful thing about competitions like this. In fact, many of the automotive innovations we enjoy today were developed for motorsports or in the pursuit of speed records.