Porsche Taycan Turbo GT safety cars to start at Berlin E-Prix

Porsche is bringing two new Formula E safety cars to the Berlin E-Prix that will take place this weekend (11 and 12 May). Both cars will be modified variants of the new Porsche Taycan Turbo GT.

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The Porsche Taycan GT safety cars feature various modifications, including warning lights, high-tech communication equipment, and fire extinguishers. One of the two units flaunts an exclusive ‘Purple Sky Metallic’ paint and is equipped with the Weissach package, meaning it sports a fixed rear wing and excludes rear seats. The second car is a regular Porsche Taycan GT finished in the Shade Green Metallic colour and includes two rear seats.

Thanks to its 800-volt architecture, the Porsche Taycan GT delivers consistent performance and requires fewer charging stops, which makes it a great candidate for an event like Formula E. The Porsche Taycan GT sports two motors, one at the front and one at the rear, which produce 580 kW (789 PS) of total power. An Attack mode unlocks 120 kW (163 PS) extra for ten seconds.

When Launch Control is enabled, the two motors temporarily produce up to 760 kW (1,033 PS) of power. For two seconds, this figure goes to even 815 kW (1,108 PS). Porsche hasn’t disclosed the Taycan GT’s peak torque during normal operation or with the Attack mode engaged. It has stated the peak torque with the Launch Control enabled is 1,240 Nm, though.

The Taycan GT boasts a significant weight reduction of up to 75 kg compared to the Taycan Turbo S. Full bucket seats made of CFRP, a lightweight luggage compartment, and the exclusion of powered soft-closing tailgate are some of its key weight-saving measures. It sports exclusive wheels which have relief-milled spokes, which also help it keep its weight in check.

The Porsche Active Ride suspension with special tuning is standard in the top-end variant of the new Taycan. The Porsche Taycan GT can accelerate from 0 to 100 kph in 2.3 seconds and achieve a top speed of 290 kph. Equipping it with the Weissach package improves these figures to 2.2 seconds and 305 kph, respectively. Stopping power comes from standard-fit 420 mm ceramic discs and ten-piston callipers at the front and 410 mm ceramic discs and four-piston callipers at the rear.

The Taycan GT has a two-tier 97 kWh (net) battery pack that supports charging at up to 320 kW. This battery pack takes as little as 11 hours for a full charge through an AC charger. Using an ultra-fast DC charger, it’s possible to charge from 10% to 80% SoC as quickly as 18 minutes. With the battery pack fully charged, the Taycan GT can travel up to 554 km (WLTP) or 554 km (WLTP) if equipped with the Weissach package.

Customer deliveries of the Porsche Taycan Turbo GT were scheduled to commence this spring. Thus, the fastest electric car from Zuffenhausen should start arriving at Porsche dealers any day now. In Germany, it starts at a whopping €240,000.



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