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Porsche Taycan slides into World Records by performing the longest Drift by an Electric Vehicle

Written by Nizam Shaikh

At the Porsche Experience Centre (PEC) in Hockenheimring Porsche instructor Dennis Retera with the Porsche Taycan all-electric car has set the Guinness World Records for the longest drift with an electric vehicle. Dennis Retera held the drift for 42.171 kilometres taking 210 laps on the 200 metre-long drift circle without pointing the front wheels of the car in the same direction as the track curve. It took Retera 55 minutes to complete the distance with an average speed of 46 kmph, thus setting the world record for the longest continuous drift in an electric car. 

Porsche used the rear-wheel driven Taycan which is already for sale in the Chinese market. Porsche also revealed that driving safety intervention and stability programs had to be turned off to initiate the drift, but the driver reveals that the electric Porsche is extremely easy to drift. The electric powertrain always has sufficient power and the precision in the chassis design and steering allows the vehicle to be in full control even when going sideways. The instructor also revealed that the low centre of gravity and the long-wheelbase of the electric car also ensure stability. 

The record attempt took place under the supervision of Guinness World Record Adjudicator, Joanne Brent, as well as another independent expert, Denise Ritzmann on behalf of the testing organisation DEKRA. Ritzmann also scrutinised the road-worthiness condition of the pre-series Taycan with rear-wheel drive. 

The Porsche Taycan also holds the record for 24-hour endurance run at the high-speed track in Nardò, where the electric car was run for over 3,425 km. The Taycan also clocked the time best time of 7:42 minutes on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife and did 26 sprints from a standing start to 200 km/h at the airfield in Lahr. 

The Porsche Taycan is powered by a 390 kW/530 PS permanently excited synchronous motor that returns a range of 335-408 km on a single charge. The Taycan is capable of sprinting from 0-100 kmph in 4 seconds with launch control and is able to achieve a top speed of 250 kmph.