The Porsche Taycan is now the Guiness World Record holder for fastest speed driven by a vehicle indoors. Leh Keen piloted the electric Taycan Turbo S to 165.1 km/h (102.58 mph) inside the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, LA.
The previous record was 140 km/h (86.99 mph) in a Speed Car XTRM Crosskart driven by Mikko Hirvonen at the Helsinki Expo Centre in Helsinki, Finland on February 25, 2013.
To qualify for the record the car must start and finish at a standstill while being driven indoors.
With launch control the 750hp Taycan can accelerate from 0-60 mph in 2.6-seconds and has a top speed of 161 mph.
The record was set at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. With1.1-million square feet of space it is the sixth largest convention center in the United States and provided ample space for racer Leh Keen to bring the Porsche up to speed but its concrete floor left a lot to desire for braking.
“I didn’t really appreciate the scale of the record attempt until my first exploratory run,” Keen said. “The surface is so unpredictable, so slick, that you have to have complete trust in your car. It truly was like ice – and you’re accelerating flat out, facing a really hard wall at the end. Suddenly, even in a massive space like the one we had, it seems very small.”
The record setting endeavor from the Taycan Turbo S was enhanced by its all-wheel drive system and ceramic composite brakes with ten-piston calipers up front and four-piston calipers out back.
Porsche has set other records with the Taycan.
On August 27, 2020 they set a Guinness World Record for the longest EV drift. On a 656-foot skid pad the rear-wheel drive Taycan drove 210 opposite-lock laps for a grand total of 26.1-miles of continuous drifting. It took 55-minutes with an average speed of 29 mph.
The Taycan holds the Nürburgring-Nordschleife lap record for four-door electric vehicles after driving the 20.6-kilometer (12.8-miles) circuit in 7:42.
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This past December they set the production EV lap record at Road Atlanta after pushing the Taycan through the 2.54-mile racetrack in 1:33.88-minutes.
In all likelihood the Taycan will continue to set more EV records but their recent endeavor in a convention center might have been a bit nerve wracking.
“165.1 km/h inside a building,” Keen said. “What was I thinking?”