With an eerie silence, Porsche dramatically debuted a prototype Taycan at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in England. The electric car, piloted by Mark Webber, whipped through the course like a hot knife through butter. During the run, the crowd stayed silent, maybe in part because the car was so quiet and maybe in part out of shock.
This is Porsche’s answer to the Tesla onslaught. Wearing minimal camo, the prototype gives us a pretty good idea of what to expect when the Taycan launches at the end of this year. It’s obvious engineers worked hard on handling dynamics for the EV, and that could pose a serious challenge to Tesla’s offerings.
Already, the prototype Taycan was used in a demonstration at the Porsche Experience Center in Shanghai, China. Next up, it will make an appearance at the Formula E Championship in New York City this weekend.
Porsche has revealed some details as well as general information about the upcoming Taycan. The car will use an 800-volt architecture that promises short charging times, but we don’t know exactly how short those will be. The lithium-ion battery will have a capacity of somewhere around 90 kWh. Peak output is supposed to be about 590 horsepower. All-wheel drive will be standard, helping with the claimed 0-62 time of under 3.5 seconds. Porsche also says the car will have a top speed of over 155 mph, beating out the electronic limit on the Tesla Model S P100D.