Watch: Porsche Taycan shows that 145km/h on an aircraft carrier is easy
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Porsche is pulling out all the stops to build hype around their four-door electric car before its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show tomorrow.
Just last week it set a blistering pace around the Nürburgring, claiming the four-door electric sports sedan record, and then on an aircraft carrier today, showing just how fast it can go in a straight line.
Despite the fact that the Bugatti Chiron stole the spotlight today with its 490km/h run in Germany, the Taycan has certainly shown its worth on a 27,500-tonne floating platform of all places.
With Shea Holbrook behind the wheel, the challenge had been set — she had to hit 145km/h in 265 metres, or the safety crew would be fishing both her and the electric Porsche out of the bay.
Luckily for everyone involved, traction control worked a treat and the EV was able to get up to 145km/h and slow back down to a stop in just 128 metres and took only 10.7 seconds to do so.
It has been questioned as to why Porsche didn't opt for a 0-100mph test on the boat, but available space might've been a factor here. Taycan line Vice President Stefan Weckbach explained what happened.
"On a tough, changeable surface the Taycan’s composure, its incredible acceleration and stopping power were absolutely impressive – though we decided not to take it to the max, just to reach the 0-100 mph margin," Weckbach said. "While I was completely sure both Shea and the car could achieve something special, I’m really relieved no one went for a swim."
Shea also revealed after the run that the deck of the old boat was a lot bumpier than what was shown in the video.
"Deliberately accelerating towards thin air and the ocean is a new experience for me, but the Taycan gave me a huge amount of confidence — it was really stable but under acceleration and, more importantly, under braking," she added.
Now let's wait and see if the Bugatti Chiron can hit 400km/h on an aircraft carrier or not...