2019 Porsche Taycan – The All-electric car from Porsche that rewrites performance motoring

Porsche has finally released its all new Taycan, which is their very first four-door all electric sportscar. It has set quite a standard for electric cars on the Nordschleife, making a complete round of the 20.8km circuit in only 7 minutes 42 seconds. So here’s what makes the Taycan unique,

Its 4WD with a difference

Porsche has given the Taycan two electric motors that are positioned on the front and rear axles of the car, making it an all wheel drive. Because electric motors provide instant torque, the traction control is programmed to capitalize this trait, so when a wheel has more slip, the electric motors synchronize it within a fragment of a second. That translates to an almost zero wastage of power, and maximum traction coming out of corners, ensuring high corner exit speeds.

New Age Porsche Chassis

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Moving to the chassis, we get an integrated 4D-Chassis by Porsche. This works by controlling and synchronising various systems in real time. It’s got a new type of air suspension system which comes with three chamber technology using an electronic damper control aka (Porsche Active Suspension Management). The car also comes with the Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control Sport System, an electromechanical roll stabilisation system that reduces body roll, in tandem with Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus, or PTV. The PTV system works by varying the torque distribution to the wheels. The Porsche Taycan doesn’t only stop there as it also features a rear axle steering alongside 21 inch tyres.

Running Quick and Cool

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Adding on, the Porsche Taycan is the first ever production electric car in the world that comes with a system voltage of 800 volts. All this while, every other electric production car was producing a basic 400 volts. That means you can charge the Taycan faster than the existing electric cars, allowing for a better usage of its maximum performance. When (Sports Plus) mode is selected, the car is set to be really dynamic and responsive, so this will make the battery’s cooling and heating pattern change for maximum performance. In conjunction, the cooling air flaps are opened and the rear spoiler is erected earlier than usual for minimal drag. Other than that, the chassis are also adjusted to give the driver maximum racetrack performance, while the suspension is permanently adjusted to its lowest position for a lower centre of gravity.

On the inside

On the inside, we get a free standing, curved instrument panel that is placed on the highest point of the dashboard, in easy reach of the drivers sights. It also has 10.9 inch infotainment system alongside an optional passenger display, loosely similar to what you get on the Ferrari 812 Superfast. Most of the physical toggles and switches have been reduced to more intelligent control systems to give the car a more futuristic look and feel. Now for the first time ever, Porsche has introduced an interior with upholstery made out of recycled materials in the pursuit of sustainability. When it comes to spaciousness, the battery pack has been placed in the rear footwell that ensures seating comfort at the rear , and there are also two luggage compartments available at the front and the rear with a capacity of 81L and 366L respectively. That’s a combined boot space that’s bigger than the BMW 8 series.

As conclusion, we can say that the Porsche Taycan will definitely pull the standards of electric production cars to whole new level. Despite having a ‘turbo’ variant without an internal combustion engine, and weighing well over 2 tonnes with 4 seats, the Taycan is a glimpse of what’s to come from future electric cars, particularly in the performance segments. We foresaw this coming from the amount of development was done in the 918 Hypercar project, and its apparent in the Taycan. So what do you guys think? Let us know in the comments section below.

-Deva Hariharan Shanker

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