Porsche has been making track records with the Taycan and Panamera, very recently they did pull some good numbers on the Atlanta Roadway as the fastest electric car. And Porsche has put out something off the charts this time they have made a Guinness World record, courtesy of a Taycan Turbo S and professional racing driver Leh Keen as they set a new top speed record - indoors.
The last record stood at 86 mph and it happened under close scrutiny of Guinness judges. This time too the rules were the same and enforced pretty strictly by the team. So basically to complete the record Leh had to start the car from a standstill and attempt the speed record and come back to a stop being inside the building limits. Just for the fact of it, there are no run-ups permitted, space to escape and no doors open to let the car be out of the building premises. No wonder why the record has stood for 7 years and is pretty hard to beat still.
Leh had been closely looking for the possibility of the record attempt and planning was done. He picked Taycan because he wanted something that is very confidence-inspiring, that is hardest in acceleration and most importantly fastest on deceleration too. The car chosen for the record was the Taycan Turbo S which has a maximum output of 750 hp and all-four wheels putting down the power helps it to accelerate very quickly. The maximized grip and carbon-ceramic brakes to shed its speed like flowing water hits the dam was the best spec of the car for the record. Just for some performance numbers, the Porsche EV is capable of doing 0 to 60 mph in 2.6 seconds which is equivalent to what Bugatti Veyron does.
The building in which the record had to be made was also a challenge to select, everyone zeroed-in on the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. The place is over one million square feet, and is basically a convention center that has pretty large exhibit halls. In fact, it has the largest contiguous exhibit hall in the US. The only issue was the slippery concrete floor which hampered the Taycan’s tractability.
“I didn’t really appreciate the scale of the record attempt until my first exploratory run. The surface is so unpredictable, so slick, that you have to have complete trust in your car. It truly was like ice – and you’re accelerating flat out, facing a really hard wall at the end. Suddenly, even in a massive space like the one we had, it seems very small… ...I could feel the Taycan’s systems figuring it out, working so hard to keep me heading straight – it was such an impressive feat. To accelerate so hard on such an erratic surface was incredible. Not for a moment did I doubt I could do it.” - Leh Keen, Racing Driver
The driver at the helms of the Taycan had done some practice runs with stock tires and the tires were pre-heated to stick better to the surface as a precaution. And the most impressive thing is Taycan took just one attempt and that was it!
“I did take a moment on the starting line – knowing I was going to have to go as fast as I could, and stop again, all before reaching the wall I was facing. It got my attention. I used the car’s launch control and the Taycan just hooked up – the sensation of speed indoors, even in such a big space, is enormous – that wall rushed up fast. I was gentle on the brakes in the end – the Taycan’s brakes were more than up to the job. Of course, I didn’t look down at my speed so it came as a surprise and a relief that I’d beaten the record, and by such a margin. It was a rush! I’m thankful for Porsche for trusting my abilities and for their preparations and encouragement – 102 mph inside a building. What was I thinking?” -Leh Keen
The Guinness World Record of 102.6 mph indoors is now held by the Porsche Taycan Turbo S driven inside the New Orleans Convention Center. Porsche Taycan is the company’s very first all-electric car which starts at a price of $79,900. It takes on the likes of the recently launched Audi e-tron GT and Tesla Model S Sedan that is now available with over a 1,000 hp.