There’s no denying that the Porsche Taycan Turbo S is one incredibly quick machine. Boasting a claimed 0-100 km/h sprint time of 2,8 seconds, the 560 kW battery-powered saloon is just one tenth of a second slower than the 911 Turbo S.
But is the Porsche Taycan any good around corners?
To prove to the world that it is, Porsche recently used one to set the production car record for electric vehicles at The Bend in South Australia, which happens to be the second-longest permanent racing circuit in the world, after the Nürburgring Nordschleife.
At the wheel was former Bathurst 1000 winner Luke Youlden, who covered the track’s 7,7 km distance in just 3:30,344, and you can watch the hot lap in the YouTube video below:
“The lap time of the Taycan just absolutely blew me away,” Youlden said. “You drive it in a similar way to any other Porsche sports car. The turn-in, handling and acceleration were outstanding. The power out of the corners is definitely where it makes up a lot of time.
“Even though it is a little bit heavier (than Porsche’s petrol-powered cars), the batteries are very, very low so the centre of gravity is extremely low, which obviously makes the handling and the braking exceptionally good.”
Out of curiosity the racing driver also did a hot lap in a Porsche 911 Turbo, and at 3:22,066 it actually set a new production car lap record for the Australian circuit, which has a total of 35 corners.