Porsche development driver Lars Kern has outdone himself at the Nürburgring, driving a pre-series Taycan to a 7 minutes 7.55 second lap time on the Nordschleife. That number blitzes Tesla’s Model S Plaid effort of 7:25.23 significantly.
It brings it extremely close to Rimac’s official lap record for an EV, and is a whopping 26 seconds faster than his last record drive in a Taycan Turbo S Sport sedan, equipped with the performance package, back in August 2022.
“Twenty-six seconds is half an eternity in motorsport. Lars’ lap time of 7:07.55 minutes on the Nordschleife is sensational, putting the Taycan in the same league as electric hyper cars,” Porsche’s Kevin Giek said.
Over several laps, Kern clocked almost exactly the same time, proving it wasn’t a one off “time attack” run either. The Nürburgring-Nordschleife was at the exclusive disposal of the experienced racer for the day of fast laps.
For safety reasons, the test car was equipped with the legally prescribed roll cage, along with racing bucket seats. Compared to the 2022 record in a Taycan Turbo S, the times were significantly better.
The pre-series car was a good 25km/h faster heading into the Schwedenkreuz. To illustrate the difference further, by the time Kern crossed the finish line near Grandstand 13 (T13), he would have only just been passing the entrance to the Nordschleife in 2022.
This puts the distance between the pre-series Taycan and the current Turbo S at more than 1.3km – a figure that illustrates the leap in performance achieved on the 20.8km course in Germany’s Eifel region.
Porsche is planning to publish an onboard video of the complete lap in mid-March, and once it’s available, we’ll bring you details of where you can watch it. A new model of the Taycan is due for release later this year.