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Porsche - From the race track to daily life.

From the race track to daily life.

Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo
72.4 – 74.3
mpg
76
g/km
TBA

A special test drive with racing driver Christina Nielsen and the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo.

The Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo shows why we call the electrification of our Porsche sports car E-Performance. With 500kW (680 PS) of system power, it is the strongest Panamera of all time, and not despite the electric motor and battery on board – but precisely because of it. Can this power pack excite one of North America’s best racing drivers? We found out, both on the circuit and where the toughest challenges for a sports car lie in wait: in everyday life.

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Challenge accepted.

Christina Nielsen was excited when she heard about our proposal of a special test drive: a day-long drive in the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo, testing it twice; once in a sporty sprint on the Jyllands-Ringen circuit, and again in a relaxed detour through the city centre of Aarhus. The 26-year-old Dane, born in Copenhagen and now living in Los Angeles, loves Porsche, and experiments like this.

Since 2015, she has raced in the GTD class at the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship (IWSC), the premier American sports car racing series. In her first year, she finished second and in the following two years, she was the first women to secure the drivers' titles in North America.

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"I am not a woman who drives in races. I am a racing driver who is a woman."

Her goals remain ambitious. In the long term, she wants to become a Porsche works driver – which would make her the first woman to do so. She has already completed the next step to reaching this goal; as a Porsche Selected Driver, she fulfilled the dream of racing at the 24h of Le Mans, with a debut class finish of sixth place. She has the necessary perseverance. For her, it’s not about short-lived coups, but long-term success. Does the fact that she’s a woman make a difference? Quite the opposite, Christina Nielsen wants to show that drivers should only be judged on their performance. "Don't judge me just because I'm a woman."

High performance.

What counts on the circuit; facts, and this is where the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo makes a clear statement. When it comes to power data, the road vehicle, with its 4+1 seats, four doors and 425l luggage compartment volume, surpasses Christina's racing machine by far with the 4.0-litre six-cylinder horizontally opposed engine in the rear. With its combustion engine optimised for lap timing, the 911 GT3 R reaches 368kW (500 PS), while the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo, thanks to the combination of a 4.0-litre V8 twin-turbo engine and an electric motor, delivers an impressive 500kW (680 PS) of power on the road. The Panamera wins the race before it even starts. But numbers aside – how does the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo feel where it counts; on the track, in the bends, under full throttle? Surprisingly strong, as the racing driver is forced to admit with a satisfied smile.

Porsche - From the race track to daily life. Porsche - From the race track to daily life. Porsche - From the race track to daily life.

Even though at first she only carefully touched the edges on the Jyllands-Ringen – probably above all to spare our photographer's nerves – she quickly gains confidence in the chassis of the Panamera: “I am surprised how quickly it reacts to the steering. I never thought that such a big car could be so agile”. So it's no doubt that her 911 GT3 R and the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo have the same genes, sports car genes. The differences in handling; where the race car rigorously punishes mistakes, the serial model is clearly more good-natured and always feels safe. It’s hard to believe that the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo contains genuine motorsport technology in the form of its hybrid concept, inspired by the 919 Hybrid – a race car which boasts three victories at the long-distance classic at Le Mans as part of its win record.

"Every Porsche is a sports car – just with four doors."

Porsche - From the race track to daily life. Porsche - From the race track to daily life. Porsche - From the race track to daily life.

So is it an option for the racing driver? When it comes to sports car genes, it certainly passes the test. But Christina already lives out her passion for racing at the weekend, so her private car must offer more than performance and driving pleasure. Comfort and everyday use cannot be neglected. The fact that the Panamera does not have to hide in these respects is proven on the trip to Aarhus; helmet and sports bag in the boot and off we go.

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Aarhus has experienced a real boom in recent years. The city has developed into one of Scandinavia’s creative hotspots. Its universities attract the entrepreneurs of tomorrow, famous Danish and international companies have their headquarters in Aarhus. The population increases year on year. The city’s port has developed into the largest container port in Denmark and can also welcome cruise giants from all over the world. A change which can be seen in the city; small, cosy, traditional Scandinavian-style houses alternate with modern architecture, which represents new Scandinavia with its clear style. A city that thrives on the power of contrasts. Just like the Panamera.

It combines loud and quiet, performance and efficiency. While Christina still makes the V8 of the Panamera hiss on the Jyllands-Ringen, she now glides confidently across the country roads towards Denmark's second largest city and the home of her best friend from her university days. In E-Power mode (the all-electric mode) she drives the hybrid through the city, accompanied only by a whisper from the electric motor, now free of emissions.

Home is where the heart is.

In Aarhus, this type of mobility has long been part of everyday life. Charging pedestals for electric cars can be found all across the city. Autonomous driving is no longer a vision of the future, at least in the car park. The driver pulls the car into one of the parking bays and gets out – the rest is performed by robots in the basement. Christina is proud that the Danes are so open to progress. There are no dreamers at work here, but Scandinavian pragmatists with foresight and a clear vision.

Porsche - From the race track to daily life. Porsche - From the race track to daily life. Porsche - From the race track to daily life.
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To recharge her own batteries, Christina doesn’t need much; a bit of sun, her friends and her mother’s cooking. For the sun and her career – she moved to Los Angeles, for family, she always comes back to Denmark. Is the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo the right companion for these short trips home? Christina doesn't even have to answer that question. Instead, she briefly presses the accelerator again and smiling, heads to her next appointment.

"To me courage means to not be afraid of stepping out of your comfort zone, having the strength to take the first step forward and always aiming as high as you can. Porsche has achieved this perfectly with the Panamera."

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