Porsche decided to celebrate the reopening of its legendary Nardo test center in Italy by taking a near-production prototype of the Taycan for a 24-hour endurance run. The ex-Fiat facility originally built in 1975 where there are currently more than 20 test tracks and facilities was the venue where the EV clocked up as many miles as possible during its extended journey. Six Porsche test drivers took turns behind the wheel of the zero-emissions sedan and drove the car for a total of 2,128 miles (3,425 kilometers).
It will be an epic day when an EV is going to cover this distance without having to stop to recharge its batteries, but the great thing about the Taycan is it’s compatible with 800-volt charging stations. That means the time necessary to recharge the battery pack is significantly reduced, with just 15 minutes needed for 248 miles (400 kilometers) of range. “Top off” the 90-kWh lithium-ion battery and the car will do more than 311 miles (500 km) between charges.
The pre-production prototype with its hilariously fake quad exhausts was the launch version, which we all know will have all-wheel drive and dual electric motors delivering more than 600 hp. During its endurance run, the Taycan’s speed was between 121 mph (195 kph) and 134 mph (215 kph) on a track that had a peak temperature of 54 degrees Celsius (129.2 degrees Fahrenheit). Porsche reaffirms the EV will do 0 to 62 mph (100 kph) in less than 3.5 seconds, 0 to 124 mph (200 kph) in under 10 seconds, and hit a top speed of more than 155 mph (250 kph).
3,425 kilometers at Nardo is nothing compared to the total test kilometers covered by Porsche during the Taycan’s extended development phase: more than 6 million km (3.72 million miles). All these efforts have been made not just for the sedan, but also for its Cross Turismo jacked-up wagon counterpart coming early next decade.
Taycan prototype convinces at endurance run in Nardò
In 24 hours a pre-production Taycan covered a distance of exactly 3,425 kilometres right before the world premiere on September 4 as part of a test at the Nardò high-speed track in Italy.
This roughly corresponds to the distance from Nardò to Trondheim in Norway. In sizzling temperatures at the southern Italian test track, the speed was between 195 and 215 km/h. With peak temperatures of 42 degrees Celsius and a track temperature of up to 54 degrees Celsius, the Taycan proved its long-distance qualities before the launch. The test was carried out without interruptions, as the prototype Taycan merely had to pause for quick charging stops and driver changes. The team consisted of six Porsche test drivers. The quality assurance test took place as part of an endurance and hot climate test.
Stefan Weckbach, Vice President Product Line Taycan, was delighted to report that “the Taycan mastered this ambitious endurance run without any problems,” adding “the result achieved in Nardò highlights the advantages of the unique 800-volt technology and its high maturity level. Before the Taycan is launched on the market at the end of the year, we will have covered over six million test kilometres across the globe.”
The technology: 800-volt system
The Taycan is the first fully electric production vehicle with a system voltage of 800 volts. This technology helped the 919 Hybrid win the 24 Hours of Le Mans three times in a row and is now making the leap into series production.
The 800-volt technology enables consistently high performance, reduces the charging time and decreases the weight and the packaging space of the cabling. During the endurance test drive at the Nardò Technical Center, 800-volt high-power charging stations by Porsche Engineering Group GmbH were used.
The Taycan’s sophisticated thermal management also proved itself in Nardò. Thermal management revolves around a highly efficient, intelligent system for cooling and heating the high-voltage components. This prevents potential power losses due to excessive heat generation and ensures that the optimum temperature for the most efficient charging process has been reached when the vehicle arrives at a charging station.
The car: the first all-electric sports car from Porsche
The new Porsche Taycan not only proves endurance. Its electric powertrain is designed in such a way that it can unleash its full power even after accelerating several times at short intervals. At the end of July a pre-series vehicle accelerated from 0 to 200 km/h no less than 26 successive times at an airfield. The average acceleration figure from the timed runs was under 10 seconds. The difference between the fastest and slowest acceleration run was 0.8 seconds.
The track: Nardò Technical Center in Puglia (Italy)
The Nardò Technical Center has more than 20 test tracks and test facilities on an area covering over 700 hectares, counts 90 companies in the automotive sector among its customers and employs more than 150 people. Since 2012, the test site has been run by Porsche Engineering Group GmbH, a wholly owned subsidiary of Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, Stuttgart.
The test centre was established in 1975 with the construction of the iconic circuit and offers extensive testing options for any development phase. The high-speed circuit – the only one of its kind in the world and measuring 12.6 kilometres – was built in order to be able to test cars under extreme conditions and make development processes more efficient. The renovation of the test centre was successfully completed in mid-July. Among the improvements made was the installation of an innovative crash barrier system, which was developed by Porsche Engineering specially for high-speed testing in Nardò. Work also included the complete renovation of the 106,000 square-metre driving dynamics site.