Nov 25, 2020 by Porsche Centre Doha
Electric sports car completes drift marathon at Porsche Experience Centre
The Porsche Taycan has entered the Guinness World Records™ for the longest continuous drift with an electric vehicle. Porsche instructor Dennis Retera did 210 laps on the 200 metre-long drift circle of the Porsche Experience Centre (PEC) Hockenheimring without the front wheels ever pointing in the same direction as the curve. After 55 minutes the sideways expert had covered a total of 42.171 kilometres with an average speed of 46 km/h. The record was achieved with the rear-wheel drive version of the Taycan, which is already on sale in China.
“When the driving stability programmes are switched off, a powerslide with the electric Porsche is extremely easy, especially of course with this model variant, which is driven exclusively via the rear wheels,” says Dennis Retera. “Sufficient power is always available. The low centre of gravity and the long wheelbase ensure stability. The precise design of the chassis and steering allows for perfect control at all times, even when moving sideways”.
The attempt took place under the supervision of Guinness World Records™ official record judge Joanne Brent on the irrigated driving dynamics area of the PEC. Brent has been supervising record attempts of all kinds for over five years: “We've had some drift records, but with an electric sports car it's something very special for us too. Here Porsche has done real pioneering work,” she said. The Guinness expert meticulously documented the record with a whole range of technical aids and other independent experts: before the test, a local land surveyor measured the 80-metre diameter area of the Porsche Experience Centre with millimetre precision. GPS and yaw rate sensors within the vehicle were used for documentation purposes, as was a camera installed on the roof of the track’s control tower, with which the record ride was filmed.
The Porsche Taycan is already a record holder in many other disciplines, such as the gruelling 24-hour endurance run over 3,425 km on the high-speed track in Nardò (Italy); the best time in its class of 7:42 minutes on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife or the 26 sprints from a standing start to 200 km/h at the airfield in Lahr (German).
With the first all-electric Taycan sports car, Porsche entered a new era in 2019 and, since then, has consistently expanded its product range in the field of electric mobility. The brand’s four-door sports saloon is a unique package of typical Porsche performance, connectivity and complete suitability for everyday use. State-of-the-art production methods and the quality of the Taycan have set the standard in terms of sustainability and digitalisation.
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