Porsche Breaks Record With 102 MPH Run Inside Convention Center
Automotive records are pretty common. Land speed, top speed, etc. are all popular ones. However, almost all of them take place outdoors. But not this one broken by the Porsche Taycan Turbo S.
As recorded by the Guinness World Records, this is the fastest a car has ever traveled indoors. The Taycan set the record for reaching a record-breaking speed (from 0mph) and braking to a dead stop before the vehicle runs out of room. Aka before it smashes into a wall.
Porsche racing driver Leh Keen was behind the wheel of the Taycan in the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. To really put the pressure on, there were concrete pillars on either side of the vehicle to create a lane with traffic cones designating the route that the Porsche should follow.
Keen needed to run a fine line to hit the record, especially from a dead stop. If he hit the gas too hard, he could end up in a wall. If he didn’t hit it hard enough, he wouldn’t break the record.
The Taycan was more than up for the job. It houses two electric motors with a combined 750 horsepower going to all four wheels. The car took off and kept going until it hit a whopping 102.6 mph. That was the top speed before Keen had to hit the brakes.
If you aren’t impressed or need some perspective, the last vehicle to break this record was a lightweight Cross Kart in 2013. That’s right, a car not an actual vehicle. The cart weighed 688 pounds and was powered by a 150-HP 750cc Suzuki GSX-R engine with a speed significantly less – 86.99 mph. The Taycan weighs over 5,100 pounds.
Porsche reported the distance the Taycan had for the run was 1,600.7 feet, however, it ended up not even needing the entire space. When asked about the record, Keen replied: “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.”
So next time someone brings up electric vehicles not being impressive, remind them of these stats.