Porsche has repeatedly been saying that its first all-electric vehicle, the Taycan (formerly known as the Mission E), will be able to handle some track time.
Now a prototype Taycan has been spotted testing at Nürburgring.
Electric vehicles can release an insane amount of power rather quickly, which can result in extremely quick acceleration, but it can be difficult to maintain high power for long periods of time.
The best example is Tesla’s performance Model S, which is among the quickest cars in the world, but the powertrain overheats if you maintain a high power output for a long period of time, for example, driving at high speeds on the Autobahn or doing a few laps on the race track.
Both those applications are quite popular with many Porsche owners and the company wants them to still be able to do it with their first all-electric vehicle.
Earlier this month, Stefan Weckbach, Head of Battery-Electric Vehicles at Porsche, said that the Mission E will be able to beat Tesla’s vehicles on that front.
The Taycan test mule was spotted at the Nürburgring race track trying to make sure that it becomes a reality:
From the limited footage, it’s hard to tell much about the Taycan’s capacity on the track, but it’s encouraging to see Porsche testing the vehicle on the challenging Nürburgring race track.
The company has previously been talking about a 0 to 60 mph acceleration in 3.5 seconds and earlier this year, a Porsche executive said that the Taycan will be able to go long distances at high-speed, like traveling on the German autobahn, or to complete a few laps on the race track.
But the vehicle’s charging system might be the biggest feature that the Mission E, now the Taycan, is bringing to market.
Porsche is talking about a 800-volt system that should allow a charge rate of up to 350 kW, which could charge the car up to 80% in only 15 minutes.
The vehicle is expected to have a range of over 250 miles and to come to market late in 2019.