Porsche breaks the Guinness World Record for the longest drift in an electric vehicle after driving its Tycan sideways for 55 minutes over a distance of 42 km
- Porsche broke the world record for the longest drift in an electric vehicle
- An instructor drove sideways in a Tycan for 55 minutes and 26.2 miles
- The car completed a total of 210 laps as it drove the track
Porsche broke the Guinness world record for the longest drift of an electric vehicle.
The German automaker's instructor, Dennis Retera, drove 210 laps of a 656 foot drift circle without the front wheels ever pointing in the same direction of the curve.
Retera drove in 55 minutes while driving a Porsche Taycan sideways, covering a total of 26 miles.
The Taycan has reached previous milestones as it holds the record for its 24-hour long-distance run of 2,128 miles on the high-speed track in Nardò, Italy, and the best time in its class of 7:42 minutes on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife. Germany.
The record event took place in the Porsche Center Hockenheimring, which is equipped with an irrigation system to supply the track with water for a clean drift.
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Porsche broke the Guinness world record for the longest drift of an electric vehicle
"When the driving stability programs are switched off, a Powerslide with the electric Porsche is extremely easy, especially of course with this model variant, which is driven exclusively by the rear wheels," said Retera.
& # 39; There is always enough electricity available. The low center of gravity and the long wheelbase ensure stability. & # 39;
"The precise design of the chassis and steering allows perfect control at all times, even if you move sideways."
The attempt was also conducted under the supervision of Guinness World Records' official record judge Joanne Brent, who has seen a number of record attempts over the past five years.
The German automaker's instructor, Dennis Retera, drove 210 laps of a 656-foot drift circle without the front wheels ever pointing in the same direction of the curve
The record event took place in the Porsche Center Hockenheimring, which is equipped with an irrigation system to supply the track with water for a clean drift
“We had a few drift records, but with an electric sports car it's something very special for us too. Porsche has done real pioneering work here, ”said Brent.
The Guinness expert watched from the sidelines as Retera drove 210 times through the course.
"Nevertheless, it was very exhausting for me to keep my concentration high for 210 laps, especially since the irrigated asphalt of the drift track doesn't offer the same grip everywhere," said Retera.
Picture (left) shows Dennis Retara, who drove Porsche into the Guinness World Records, and on the right the official record judge of Guinness World Records, Joanne Brent, who supervised the attempt
The Guinness expert watched from the sidelines as Retera drove 210 times through the course
"I focused on using the steering to control drift. This is more efficient than using the accelerator and reduces the risk of spinning."
Before the event, an independent expert, Denise Ritzmann, examined the Porsche to see if it was in series production and in top condition to get on the track.
She was a drift champion in 2018 and 2019 and had the task of ensuring that the Taycan drifted continuously during the entire test.
“You can see at a glance whether the front wheels are pointing in a different direction to the curve. As long as this is the case, the car drives, ”explained Ritzmann.
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