The Porsche Taycan prototype made its world debut at the 2019 Goodwood FOS.
In just a couple of months' time, Porsche’s first-ever fully electric car will be shown to the world. It’s called the Taycan, and it has the potential to be a serious threat to Tesla. While the Porsche Taycan’s world debut is scheduled for September 10, attendees at this year’s 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed were given a sneak peek at the electric sedan, as a lightly camouflaged prototype was seen for the first time in public being thrashed around the Hillclimb.
The Taycan prototype was even appropriately dressed for the occasion, sporting a Union Jack on the roof. Other than that, the camo appears to be the same as other prototypes we've seen recently with stickers over the recessed LED headlights.
Behind the wheel was former F1 race winner, Le Mans racer and WEC Champion Mark Webber, who gave the Taycan his seal of approval. "The Taycan’s power delivery is awesome,” said the former Formula 1 driver. "I took part in this event in a Porsche 911 GT2 RS two years ago, so I already knew that it all comes down to power and traction. But, even for a thoroughbred racing driver like me, it is amazing how the Taycan – even though it’s still a prototype – accelerates off the start and out of the corners.”
Webber is referring to the Taycan’s dual electric motor setup that produces a combined output of over 592 horsepower. Porsche has already confirmed this setup will enable the Taycan to accelerate from 0-62 mph in less than 3.5 seconds and 0-124 mph in less than 12 seconds. The car’s 800-volt architecture will enable short charging times and the lithium-ion battery will boast a capacity of around 90 kWh, providing a driving range of over 310 miles. Following its debut in September, the Porsche Taycan will go on sale later this year.
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