After breaking the record for the longest drift in an electric car,
the Porsche Taycan has just achieved another record: the highest speed limit indoors.
In 2011, Tanner Foust set an indoor speed record with his Ford Fiesta Rallycross at $ 500,000 for an episode of Top Gear America. His 560 horsepower car reached 140 km / h (87 mph) in a warehouse of almost 93,000 m². This record has just been broken by Porsche with a much more affordable car. Finally, compared to the delusional price of the Ford Fiesta … But the car in question still costs nearly 190,000 euros before checking a few options. This is a Porsche Taycan Turbo S driven by professional racing driver Leh Keen inside the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana.
This hangar is over 93,000 m², which makes it ideal for this type of record. However, Porsche explains that driving a car at high speed on a waxed concrete surface is almost like driving on ice. The Turbo S was chosen for its impressive acceleration, requiring only 2.6 seconds to bring down the 0 to 100 km / h. The all-wheel-drive sedan is also fitted with carbon-ceramic brakes to provide the necessary stopping power and prevent it from hitting one of the walls of this immense space.
Leh Keen managed to bring the all-electric Porsche to 165.20 km / h. It is still far from the maximum speed of the car which can accelerate up to 260 km / h, but for a run carried out indoors, it looks like a feat! The new record was set after just one attempt, following several tests carried out at low speed. The Taycan Turbo S had the original tires, which had still been preheated before the race to ensure optimum grip. In order to meet the criteria set by Guinness World Records, Leh Keen had to start and finish his run while standing still.
In case you haven’t noticed, the Taycan Turbo S doesn’t have headlights. A Porsche representative explained that to be eligible for a record attempt, the run must be performed with an unapproved car. Porsche’s solution was therefore to remove the headlights.
The Guinness World Records page reveals that the record took place on November 18, 2020, but it’s only now that Porsche is revealing the feat. It follows several other records set in recent months by the Taycan, including the longest slide achieved by an electric car.