Taycan Turbo GT: Porsche clocks up its fastest electric series-production car

The Taycan Turbo GT with Weissach package sets a record lap time in California

You want electrifying speed? Porsche’s got it. Even as motoring enthusiasts wait in anticipation for the official market release of the Taycan Turbo GT with Weissach package, the hype is dialled to fever pitch as the car set new record lap times to officially be crowned as the world’s fastest and most powerful road-approved, electric series-production car.

At the Weathertech Raceway Laguna Seca in California last month, the car registered a lap time of 1:27.87min—the fastest ever for an electric car, and a four-door of any powertrain type by Porsche, for that matter.

The Porsche development team and drivers with their record-setting car. Photo by Porsche

The Taycan Turbo GT with Weissach package (an optional upgrade with components that make the car lighter and more agile) can sprint from 0 to 100km/h in just 2.2 seconds, peaking at a top speed of up to 305 km/h.

With the ferociously monikered Attack Mode, an additional 120 kW of boosted power is delivered to the engine at the press of a button, making it a real beast on the race track. Porsche explains that the mode is similar to the ones found in its race cars in the Electric ABB FIA Formula E World Championship.

When triggered, the Attack Mode adds up to 120 kW of additional power for 10 seconds on the Taycan Turbo GT with Weissach package. Photo by Porsche

The record-making feat is the sum of many parts. These include an upgraded powertrain with a new rear-axle motor that enables for more dynamic performance; an improved pulse inverter that delivers more power and torque; and lightweight construction featuring carbon fibre on the chassis to save weight and deliver greater speed and performance.

“It’s the overall package that makes the difference. These include acceleration and braking, an Attack Mode that’s intuitive to use and a powertrain designed for maximum traction and performance. And the cornering grip levels are just as impressive. The controllability and light-footedness are unbelievable,“ says development driver Lars Kern, who was behind the wheel, in a press statement.