Most powerful series-production Porsche sets record lap times

Zero to 60 mph in as little as 2.1 secs.
and top track speed of up to 190 mph

(March 14, 2024) STUTTGART, Germany — Not yet on the market, but already a record holder: The Taycan Turbo GT with Weissach Package earned the title of fastest electric series-production car at the Weathertech Raceway Laguna Seca, in California, on February 23. With a time of 1:27.87, Porsche development driver Lars Kern put in a faster lap than any other driver has before with a series electric car.

Not long before that, a pre-production version of this same new model set a new class record on the Nürburgring. Kern was also at the wheel on that occasion and posted a lap time of 7:07.55 on the Nordschleife. This official lap time is a whopping 26 seconds faster than Kern recorded for his last record lap in a Taycan Turbo S sport sedan equipped with the performance package back in August 2022. This time also stands as the current record for series-production electric cars and also makes the Turbo GT the fastest four-door of any powertrain type on the Nürburgring.

“The two records in Laguna Seca and on the Nordschleife show what great track potential there is in the Taycan,” says Model Line Vice President Kevin Giek. “To prove your mettle on the track, it’s not enough to simply have as much power as possible. The overall package of accelerating and braking, cornering grip, aerodynamics, stability and fine-tuning has to be right.

"In the Taycan Turbo GT and the Taycan Turbo GT with Weissach Package in particular, our engineers have achieved this in stunning fashion. They have already done a great job with the recently updated existing Taycan models. But our new GT cars yet again clearly raise the bar even higher in terms of driving dynamics and enjoyment.”

“The track at Laguna Seca pushes the Taycan Turbo GT to the limit. It’s the overall package that makes the difference,” says development driver Kern. “The Turbo GT with Weissach Package sets new standards in almost every metric. These include acceleration and braking, an 'Attack Mode' that’s intuitive to use and a powertrain designed for maximum traction and performance. And the cornering grip levels are just as impressive. The controllability and light-footedness are unbelievable. The tires work very well and you have the right balance in every driving situation. It is incredibly good fun to drive this car around the undulating track at Laguna Seca.”

When triggered, up to 120 kW (160 hp) of additional power is available for 10 seconds at the press of a button. “Attack Mode” [2] improves upon the push-to-pass function optionally available on other Taycan models. The system is optimized for driving on the track and functions in a similar way to the 99X racing cars that Porsche uses in the Electric ABB FIA Formula E World Championship. The boost is indicated by a countdown timer in the instrument cluster and dynamically staged with animated rings on the speedometer.

Compared to the push-to-pass function available in the other Taycan models, “Attack Mode” offers 50 kW more boost power and is operated and made available in different ways: as an alternative to pressing the mode switch that’s mounted just off to the side of the steering wheel, “Attack Mode” can also be activated and deactivated via the right-hand paddle.

This makes the function easier to use on the track. “You can also trigger the boost with racing gloves, and without taking a hand off the wheel,” explains Kern. “With this simple and fast means of operation, the Taycan Turbo GT models are tailored for track use.” With the left steering wheel paddle, the recuperation level can be set and adapted to the driving situation.

New power electronics in the powertrain

Porsche has recently extensively upgraded the Taycan model line and generally increased the overall system power of the cars. Among other things, the enhanced powertrain with a new rear-axle motor enables even more dynamic performance compared to the predecessor models. The Taycan Turbo GT and Taycan Turbo GT with Weissach Package are the new sporting flagship models and take Taycan performance to the next level.

Equipped with a more powerful pulse inverter, both cars have 580 kW (777 hp). With Launch Control that increases to up to 760 kW (1,019 hp) of overboost power or up to 815 kW (1092 hp) for two seconds according to the peak power measurement method.

The Taycan Turbo GT needs just 2.2 sec. for the sprint from zero to 60 mph, or just 2.1 sec. with the Weissach Package. This makes the model one- to two-tenths of a second faster than the Taycan Turbo S. The difference in acceleration from a standstill to 200 km/h (124 mph) is even greater: 6.6 or 6.4 sec. for the Taycan Turbo GT without/with Weissach Package, which is up to 1.3 sec. quicker than the Taycan Turbo S.