Porsche has completed demo runs of its new Taycan electric road car on three continents in recent weeks, including at the New York City E-Prix last weekend.
Neel Jani drove a prototype of the four-door car, which will go on sale at the end of the year, around the Brooklyn Street Circuit as the third and final part of the ‘Porsche Triple Demo Run’.
This also included a drive on the handling track at the Porsche Experience Center in Shanghai by Carrera Cup Asia driver Li Chao, and a run up the Goodwood Hill Climb by Mark Webber.
The locations for these demo runs in China, UK and U.S. are all in some of the most important markets for Porsche’s first fully electric car.
Jani completed several laps during the ABB FIA Formula E Championship finale weekend in New York City. The Swiss driver will be part of Porsche’s lineup for its maiden Formula E campaign next season.
“In Formula E, recuperation plays an important part in the race strategy,” explained Jani. “In a production car, intelligent energy recovery can make it possible to achieve significant benefits in terms of range
“I was surprised by the long range of the new Taycan even when driven spiritedly round a race track. That is due to its performance-oriented battery and the sophisticated energy management system.
“Like our Formula E car, it has a Porsche drivetrain that is designed for performance and reliability.
“No matter whether it is a racing car or a series-production model, it is extremely important to drive many miles in the test phase and to gain experience with the vehicle.”
The Taycan will be officially presented in September before going on sale later in the year. More than 20,000 serious prospective customers have already made down-payments.