• Porsche Continues Its Ridiculous Record Streak With the Taycan

At this point, should we start calling the Taycan the "record-killer"?

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Porsche has been in the habit of setting records recently, and it’s added another one to its name. Unbroken and unsurpassed since 2013, the Guinness World Record title for the fastest indoor land speed record has sat on the shelf of Tanner Foust, who clocked in a record speed of 86 mph back in 2013. That record has now gone by the wayside, thanks to Porsche and professional racer Leh Keen. Driving a Taycan Turbo S, Keen hit a top speed of 102.6 mph, eviscerating the previous record by more than 16 mph. As if owning the Guinness World Record for longest drift by an electric car — 210 laps — wasn’t enough, the record-breaking Taycan has another one in the bag.

The Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana was the setting of this record run. The convention center is one of the biggest ones in the U.S. at just over one million square feet. It also boasts the largest contiguous exhibit hall in the U.S. It’s an ideal setting for Porsche’s record attempt, albeit an extremely dangerous one, as well.

Indoor facilities, specifically a convention center like this one, has a polished concrete floor. That might not mean much to people who are used to walking on it, but it’s a huge deal when you’re driving a car over it, let alone one that’s trying to set the indoor speed record.

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The surface is slippery, and some have even compared it to driving over ice. That’s dangerous on its own. There are no runoffs or gravel traps, either. There is, however, a wall. A big and sturdy one at that. One wrong move can lead to disastrous consequences.

The Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana was the setting of this record run. The convention center is one of the biggest ones in the U.S. at just over one million square feet. It also boasts the largest contiguous exhibit hall in the U.S. It’s an ideal setting for Porsche’s record attempt, albeit an extremely dangerous one, as well.

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2020 Porsche Taycan specifications
2020 Porsche Taycan Turbo 2020 Porsche Taycan Turbo S Porsche Taycan 4S Porsche Taycan 4S Performance Plus
Electric motors power 616 horsepower (670 horsepower with overboost) 616 horsepower (750 horsepower with overboost) 530 horsepower 571 horsepower
Battery 93 kWh 93 kWh 79.2 kWh 93.4 kWh
0-60 mph 3 seconds 2.6 seconds 4.0 seconds 4.0 seconds
Top Speed 161 mph 161 mph 155 mph 155 mph
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*Indoors. New Guinness World Records™ Title for Indoor Land Speed Record set by racer Leh Keen

New Orleans, Louisiana. Even when circumstances mean that being indoors is the safe and, at times, unexciting option, racer Leh Keen recently found a way to make being indoors considerably less boring.

There’s a Guinness World Records title for the fastest speed by a vehicle indoors – and, until recently, it stood at 86 mph. The rules – strictly enforced by Guinness World Records - are daunting. Leh had to start his record attempt and finish it at a standstill, all within the space of the building – there could be no run up, no safety net and no doors open and therefore no escape route. For good reasons, therefore, the record has stood for seven years.

Nevertheless, Leh proceeded enthusiastically with his planning. He required a car that was surefooted in challenging conditions, a vehicle that’s among the hardest accelerating and, just as important, hardest decelerating cars on sale today and that he would trust his life with in order to safely break the record safely. The car that met this criteria was the all-electric Taycan Turbo S, possessing a maximum of 750 hp, with four wheel drive to maximize grip, powerful carbon ceramic brakes and the ability to accelerate to 60 mph from a standstill in just 2.6 seconds.

Selecting the right building was just as challenging. Enter the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. At just over one million square feet, the convention center boasts having the largest contiguous exhibit hall in the United States, ideal for the distance it provided. However, like many other indoor facilities, the polished concrete surface replicated ice when being driven over at speed…

“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,” said Leh Keen after his record attempt. “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’s strategy was to build up slowly, with low speed exploratory runs. The stock street tires were preheated as a precaution. And, when it came to the record attempt, one run was all it took. “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?”

The Guinness World Records title for the fastest speed achieved by a vehicle indoors was confirmed by independent adjudicators as 102.6 mph – set by Leh Keen at the New Orleans Convention Center in a Porsche Taycan Turbo S.

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