Porsche‘s development driver, Lars Kern, has set a new lap record at the Nürburgring Nordschleife, driving a pre-series Taycan to complete the circuit in 7:07.55 minutes. This time is significantly faster—by 26 seconds than his previous record in a Taycan Turbo S Sport sedan with a performance package in August 2022.
Kevin Giek, the head of the model line, praised Kern’s performance as “sensational,” highlighting that the Taycan is now comparable to electric hypercars. He noted the consistency of Kern’s lap times across several laps as particularly impressive.
Kern shared that he gave his all during the attempt. On the day of the record-setting laps, the Nürburgring-Nordschleife was reserved for him, ensuring he had the perfect conditions for his attempt. Safety measures included a legally mandated roll cage and racing bucket seats in the test car.
The pre-series Taycan showed remarkable improvements over the 2022 record, being 25 km/h (about 16 mph) faster at key points of the track.
By the time Kern finished this latest lap, he would have been just entering a different section of the track during his 2022 record attempt, underscoring a significant performance leap over the 20.8 km (13 miles) course.
An onboard video capturing the entire lap is scheduled for release in mid-March, providing a detailed view of this groundbreaking performance.