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A True Porsche: The Taycan prototype visits Shanghai Porsche Triple Demo Run with first all-electric Porsche sports car
Shanghai/Stuttgart. The Porsche Taycan has completed its final tests and is heading to its world premiere in September at full speed. Before its global debut, the Taycan will be demonstrating its potential at three appearances on three continents in the space of three weeks: first up in China at the Porsche Experience Centre Shanghai, then in the UK as part of the Hill Run at the Festival of Speed at Goodwood, and finishing off in the USA where the Taycan will take part in the season finale of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship in New York, to pay tribute to these important sales markets for the first all-electric sports car from Porsche. Recently, a Taycan prototype kicked off the first test drive and taxi ride experience in China on the handling track at the Porsche Experience Centre in Shanghai. Behind the wheel was Li Chao, a Chinese driver from the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia. Even under testing conditions, the Taycan prototype competently showcased Porsche’s typical sporty genes. As the first all-electric Porsche sports car, the Taycan inherits the brand’s typical handling and performance. It can accelerate from 0-100 km/h in less than 3.5 seconds, and it reaches 200 km/h in less than 12 seconds, with a top speed of over 250 km/h.
“Exceptional performance was a clear development objective for the Porsche Taycan. You can sense that right out of the gate,” says Li Chao. He is particularly impressed with the handling: “From uncompromisingly sporty to surprisingly comfortable, the chassis of the new Taycan offers a broad spectrum, with the choice between the precise handling of a sports car and the long-distance comfort of a saloon. In addition to its low centre of gravity, the rear-axle steering also plays a crucial role,” explains Li Chao. “The Taycan steers into corners without delay and quickly builds up lateral acceleration at the rear axle.”
With the guiding design ethos being: “Make a Porsche, then make it electric”, the Taycan has undergone the same rigorous testing programme as combustion-engined sports cars before its world premiere in September. By now, it has covered approximately six million kilometres during testing across the globe. In addition to displaying superior performance, this always includes proving incredible reliability both in everyday use and in all weather conditions. Particularly demanding features such as charging the battery, or controlling the temperatures for the drivetrain and interior under extreme conditions, are additional aspects in the battery-powered models. All of these tests have ensured the Taycan’s pure Porsche blood, and aim to set another sporty benchmark in the electric era.
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