November 24, 2020, Stuttgart/ Hockenheim – The Porsche Taycan has entered the Guinness World Records for the longest drift with an electric vehicle which was held at Porsche Experience Centre Hockenheimring.
Porsche instructor Dennis Retera completed 210 laps on the 200 metre-long drift circle without the front wheels ever pointing in the same direction as the curve: after 55 minutes the sideways expert had covered a total of 42.171 km.
Retera secured the world record with an average speed of 46 kph and with the rear-wheel drive version of the Taycan which is already on sale in China.
“When the driving stability programmes are switched off, a powerslide with the electric Porsche is extremely easy, especially of course with this model variant, which is driven exclusively via the rear wheels. Sufficient power is always available. The low centre of gravity and the long wheelbase ensure stability. The precise design of the chassis and steering allows for perfect control at all times, even when moving sideways,” said Retera in a statement.
Retera is the chief instructor at the Porsche Experience Centre Hockenheimring, and previously he competed in karting, single seaters and endurance races.
“Nevertheless, it was also very tiring for me to keep my concentration high for 210 laps, especially as the irrigated asphalt of the drift circuit does not provide the same grip everywhere. I concentrated on controlling the drift with the steering – this is more efficient than using the accelerator pedal and reduces the risk of spinning,” Retera said.
The attempt took place under the supervision of Guinness World Records official record judge Joanne Brent on the irrigated driving dynamics area of the Porsche Experience Centre. Brent has been supervising records attempts of all kinds for Guinness World Records for over five years.
“We’ve had some drift records, but with an electric sports car it’s something very special for us too. Here Porsche has done real pioneering,” said Brent.
The Guinness expert documented the record with a whole range of technical aids and other independent experts. Before the test, a local land surveyor measured the 80-metre diameter area of the Porsche Experience Centre with millimetre precision. GPS and yaw rate sensors within the vehicle were used for documentation purposes. There’s also a camera installed on the roof of the track’s control tower, with which the record ride was film.
Another independent expert was European drifting champion in 2018 and 2019, Denise Ritzmann. Prior to the record attempt, the engineer confirmed the standard and roadworthy condition of the pre-series Taycan with rear-wheel drive on behalf of testing organisation DEKRA. Ritzmann was responsible for ensuring the Taycan remained in a permanent drift throughout the record attempt and counted the laps completed during the record attempt.
“You can see at a glance whether the front wheel are pointing in a different direction tot he curve. As long as this is the case, the car is drifting,” Ritzmann said.
The Porsche Taycan is already a record holder in many other discipline; such as the 24-hour endurance run over 3,425 km on the high-speed track of Nardo; recording the best time in its class of 7:42 minutes on the Nurburgring-Nordschleife or the 26 sprints from a standing start to 200 kph at the airfield in Lahr – the record statistics of the first all-electric sports car from Porsche make impressive reading.