Porsche Taycan testing enters final stage

By CARSIFU | 4 April 2019

STUTTGART: In Scandinavia, just a few kilometres away from the Arctic Circle, the Porsche Taycan is proving its potential in terms of driving dynamics on snow and ice.

Meanwhile, in South Africa, they are conducting performance tests, as well as final adjustments in terms of continuous performance and reproducibility.

In Dubai, they are carrying out hot-climate endurance runs and testing battery charging under extreme conditions.

These are some of the countries, out of the 30 across the globe, in which comprehensive tests are being carried out which have temperatures ranging from -35 to 50-degree Celsius.

Porsche Taycan testing in South Africa

The German sports carmaker's electric cars must undergo the same rigorous testing programme as those with combustion engines.

In addition to displaying superior performance, this always includes proving unrestricted suitability for everyday use in all climate conditions.

Particularly demanding features such as charging the battery or temperature control of the drive train and the interior under extreme conditions are additional aspects in the battery-powered models.

Other typical Porsche development targets include circuit performance, multiple accelerations, as well as a range suitable for everyday use.

Test experts were able to build upon the comprehensive findings from the digital testing stage using digital prototypes.

At present, computers are used to design the body, drive, chassis, electronics and overall vehicle of a new model and to simulate their functions – which includes how they work together.

In total, the virtual prototypes of the Taycan have completed more than ten million digital kilometres.

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This meant that development engineers started driving a Taycan around the Nürburgring Nordschleife in a driving simulator at an early stage so that they could test and evaluate its circuit performance.

During this process, they focused on electrical energy management, which plays an important role in achieving a sub-eight-minute lap time on the 20.6km (timed distance) Nordschleife.

The Taycan will be introduced in September and will be launched onto the market at the end of the year.

Across the globe, there are already more than 20,000 serious prospective buyers. The potential customers have put their names down on an option programme list and made a down payment.

The Taycan accelerates from 0 to 100kph in significantly less than 3.5 seconds and has a range of more than 500km (according to the New European Driving Cycle - NEDC).

The 800-V architecture in the vehicle guarantees that the lithium-ion battery can be recharged in just four minutes, providing enough energy to drive 100km (according to NEDC).

The NEDC is a driving cycle designed to assess the emission levels of car engines and fuel economy in passenger cars.

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Facts from the Taycan testing phase:

Overall distance covered: Approximately 6.0mil kilometres, of which 2.0mil kilometres were endurance runs.

Countries: A total of 30, including the USA, China, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Finland.

Temperatures: From -35 to 50 degrees Celsius.

Air humidity: From 20 to 100%

Altitude: From 85m below to 3,000m above sea level.

Charging cycles: Over 100,000 using various charging technologies across the globe

Development team: Around 1,000 test drivers, technicians and engineers.