| Aziz Idris |
AHEAD of its September premiere, the all-electric Porsche Taycan prototype demonstrated its potential at the Porsche Triple Demo Run on the handling track at the Porsche Experience Centre (PEC) in Shanghai.
Behind the wheel for the Taycan’s first official demo laps was a driver from the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia, Li Chao.
In a press statement from Porsche, Li Chao said he was particularly impressed with the handling of the Taycan, “From uncompromisingly sporty to surprisingly comfortable, the chassis of the new Taycan covers a wide range and successfully combines the precise handling of a sports car and the long-distance comfort of a saloon.
“In addition to its low centre of gravity, the rear-axle steering also plays a crucial role,” explained Li Chao. “The Taycan steers into corners very directly and has plenty of grip.”
The Taycan has a top speed of over 250 km/h. It can accelerate from 0-100 km/h in less than 3.5 seconds, and it reaches 200 km/h in less than 12 seconds.
Porsche will bring the Taycan prototype in three appearances on three continents in the period of three weeks, visiting China, the United Kingdom and the United States. Famous drivers will be behind the wheels to demonstrate the all-electric car, this time with Mark Webber and Neel Jani.
Before the Taycan celebrates its world premiere in September, it will have covered around six million test kilometres.
At Porsche, electric cars have to undergo the same rigorous testing programme as combustion-engined sports cars.