Porsche’s first purely electrically driven sports car, the Taycan, has made a guest appearance at the grand finale of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship in New York.
A Taycan prototype has made three appearances on three continents in the space of three weeks, visiting China, Great Britain and the U.S. The livery on the roof paid tribute to each of the guest countries: in New York, the prototype featured a stars-and-stripes design.
Porsche factory driver Neel Jani – who was behind the wheel in New York – says: “In Formula E, recuperation plays an important part in the race strategy. In a production car, intelligent energy recovery can make it possible to achieve significant benefits in terms of range. I was surprised by the long range of the new Taycan even when driven spiritedly round a race track. That is due to its performance-oriented battery and the sophisticated energy management system.”
He adds: “Like our Formula E car, it has a Porsche drivetrain that is designed for performance and reliability. No matter whether it is a racing car or a series-production model, it is extremely important to drive many miles in the test phase and to gain experience with the vehicle.”
Porsche says the Taycan will be presented in September and will go on the market at the end of the year. There are already more than 20,000 serious prospective buyers for the four-door vehicle.
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