Published on July 18th, 2019 | by Hammer0
Porsche Taycan makes a guest appearance at the Formula E finale
Porsche visits the Big Apple: as part of the grand finale of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship in New York, the Taycan showed off its capabilities by completing several fast laps on the race circuit. “In Formula E, recuperation plays an important part in the race strategy. In a production car, intelligent energy recovery can make it possible to achieve significant benefits in terms of range,” explains Porsche works driver Neel Jani, who was behind the wheel in New York. “I was surprised by the long range of the new Taycan even when driven spiritedly round a race track. That is due to its performance-oriented battery and the sophisticated energy management system.”
Jani was also impressed by the outstanding development maturity of the new Taycan: “Like our Formula E car, it has a Porsche drivetrain that is designed for performance and reliability. No matter whether it is a racing car or a series-production model, it is extremely important to drive many miles in the test phase and to gain experience with the vehicle.”
The fast laps in New York represent the grand finale of the Porsche Triple Demo Run. A Taycan prototype has made three appearances on three continents in the space of three weeks, visiting China, Great Britain and the US – each important sales markets for the first all-electric sports car from Porsche. The livery on the roof paid tribute to each of the guest countries: in New York, the prototype featured a stars-and-stripes design.
The Chinese race driver Li Chao, who competes in the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia, drove the Taycan on the challenging handling track at the Porsche Experience Centre (PEC) in Shanghai. The former Formula 1 driver and current Porsche brand ambassador Mark Webber drove it up the hill at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in Great Britain.