Porsche’s massively important Taycan goes on show in Shanghai, before heading to UK and US to tempt buyers

CarPaul | 01 July 2019

Public premiere for Porsche Taycan prototype. The Porsche Triple Demo Run kicks off with the first official demo laps on the handling track at the Porsche Experience Centre (PEC) in Shanghai.

A still camouflaged Taycan prototype is making three appearances on three continents in the period of three weeks, visiting China, the UK and the US – each important sales markets for the first all-electric sports car from Porsche.

The livery on the roof is a tribute to each of the guest countries: in Shanghai the prototype featured a dragon graphic. Behind the wheel was Li Chao, a driver from the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia.

“The exceptional performance typical for Porsche was a clear development objective for the Taycan. You can sense that right from the start,” said Chao.

“From uncompromisingly sporty to surprisingly comfortable, the chassis of the new Taycan covers a wide range and successfully combines the precise handling of a sports car and the long-distance comfort of a saloon,”

“In addition to its low centre of gravity, the rear-axle steering also plays a crucial role, the Taycan steers into corners very directly and has plenty of grip.”

No one noticed the still camouflaged Taycan outside the hotel.

The Taycan has a top speed of over 250 km/h. It can accelerate from 0-100 km/h in less than 3.5 seconds, and it reaches 200 km/h in less than 12 seconds.

Coming to Goodwood, good

The Taycan will also demonstrate its potential at the other stops on the Porsche Triple Demo Run: in the Hill Run as part of the Festival of Speed at Goodwood in the UK (4 to 7 July 2019) and at the season finale of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship in New York from 13 to 14 July 2019.

Again, there will be famous drivers behind the wheel – this time Mark Webber and Neel Jani. Before the Taycan celebrates its world premiere in September, it will have covered around six million test kilometres.

At Porsche, electric cars have to undergo the same rigorous testing programme as combustion-engined sports cars. In addition to displaying superior performance, this always includes proving unrestricted everyday usability in all climatic conditions.

Particularly demanding tasks such as charging the battery, or controlling the temperatures for the drivetrain and interior under extreme conditions, are additional aspects that are tested for the battery electric models.

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