Porsche Taycan Prototype Completes 24-Hour Endurance Run
A pre-production Porsche Taycan has covered a distance of exactly 3,425 kilometers in 24 hours, just a few weeks before the electric car’s global debut on September 4, as part of an endurance and hot climate test at the Nardò high-speed track in Italy.
According to Porsche, the distance it covered is equivalent to a road trip from Nardò to Trondheim in Norway, with the vehicle running between 195 and 215 kph and the ambient temperature ranging from 42 degrees to 54 degrees Celsius. The test was carried out without interruptions, with the Taycan prototype merely pausing for quick charging stops and driver changes.
When the Taycan is finally launched, it will have covered over 5.95-million test kilometers across the globe.
The Taycan is the first fully-electric production vehicle with a system voltage of 800 volts, the same technology which helped the 919 Hybrid win the 24 Hours of Le Mans three times in a row and is now making the leap into series production.
The 800-volt technology enables consistently high performance, reduces the charging time, and decreases the weight and the packaging space of the cabling. During the endurance test drive at the Nardò Technical Center, 800-volt high-power charging stations by Porsche Engineering Group GmbH were used.
The Taycan’s sophisticated thermal management also proved itself in Nardò. Thermal management revolves around a highly efficient, intelligent system for cooling and heating the high-voltage components. This prevents potential power losses due to excessive heat generation and ensures that the optimum temperature for the most efficient charging process has been reached when the vehicle arrives at a charging station.
The Taycan’s electric powertrain is designed in such a way that it can unleash its full power even after accelerating several times at short intervals. At the end of July, a pre-production unit accelerated from 0 to 200 kph no less than 26 successive times at an airfield. The average acceleration figure from the timed runs was under 10 seconds, with the difference between the fastest and slowest acceleration run being 0.8 seconds.