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Porsche Taycan sets endurance records at Brands Hatch

Wednesday, February 03 2021

The all-electric Porsche Taycan has established a UK benchmark for 13 endurance records following a record-breaking 1,000 km run held at Brands Hatch circuit in December last year.

A pair of production Taycans took to the circuit for the attempt, a Taycan 4S liveried in homage to the manufacturer's maiden Le Mans win in 1970, and a Taycan Turbo S inspired by the Canon Porsche in which MSV Chief Executive Jonathan Palmer won the 1984 Brands Hatch 1000km.

Palmer attended as part of the Taycan Turbo S team, with other drivers involved including Le Mans winner Richard Attwood, Porsche Carrera Cup GB champion Harry King and 2020 Cayman Islands Porsche Sprint Challenge GB champion James Dorlin.

In the category of 'electric cars over 1000 kgs', a Taycan 4S took the records for time taken from a standing start to cover 50 kms, 50 miles, 100 kms, 500 kms, 500 miles and 1000 kms plus the record for distance covered from a standing start in one hour.

At the same time and in the same category, a Taycan Turbo S claimed the records for time taken from a standing start to cover 200 kms, 100 miles and 200 miles plus the records for distance covered from a standing start in three hours, six hours and 12 hours.

The event's distance also harked back to the venue's past as the home of 1000km World Sportscar Championship events, race meetings at which Porsche was traditionally very successful. Highlights included Pedro Rodriguez's wet weather victory in 1970, and the 1984 race in which Palmer and Jan Lammers led home Porsche 956s and 962s in a lockout of the top six positions.

The records were successfully achieved despite the challenge running both in wet weather and in the dark.