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Porsche takes EV drift record with rear-drive Taycan [w/video]

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Article by Damon Lowney
Photo and video courtesy Porsche

There hasn’t been an automaker in recent memory that has chased records as much as Porsche has for the past several years. Ever since pulling out of top-level competition in the World Endurance Championship, it’s felled records at various famous race tracks using the 919 Evo and 911 GT2 RS. A 16-year-old just set a new record in the slalom using a 718 Spyder. And now the Taycan was driven to a world record: longest drift in an electric vehicle.

Taycan Turbo? 4S? No, the record was set with “the rear-wheel drive version of the Taycan, which is already on sale in China,” Porsche says. We’d heard there’d be a RWD Taycan for the Chinese market, but now that we’ve seen what it can do, we’re big fans and hope Porsche can find some way to justify bringing it to North America. Anyway, back to the record, a short documentary of which is below:

The record took place at the Porsche Experience Center at the Hockenheimring in Germany, and Chief Instructor Dennis Retera was at the wheel. Retera circled the 200-meter long drift circle for 210 laps, or 42.171 kilometers (26.204 miles), for 55 minutes. Fortunately the circle was sprayed with water to aid the drifting, which is part of the standard procedure to qualify and take this Guinness World Record.

“When the driving stability programs are switched off, a powerslide with the electric Porsche is extremely easy, especially of course with this model variant, which is driven exclusively via the rear wheels,” Retera says. “Sufficient power is always available. The low center of gravity and the long wheelbase ensure stability. The precise design of the chassis and steering allows for perfect control at all times, even when moving sideways.”

Guinness World Records had an official records judge, Joanne Brent, on hand to supervise and certify the record along with other independent experts, including Denise Ritzmann.

“You can see at a glance whether the front wheels are pointing in a different direction to the curve,” Rizmann says. “As long as this is the case, the car is drifting.”

Source: Porsche

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