A Porsche Taycan 4S set a new mark for the fastest Cannonball Sprint At 44 hours, 25 minutes, and 59 seconds. While suffering a failure of its navigation device during the trip, it smashed the previous record held by Tesla Model 3 Long Range.
According to The Drive, this is the first time an EV has grabbed the Tesla record on a coast-to-coast tour in the United States.
Porsche vs Tesla: Taycan still owns the fastest record for the Cannonball Sprint
The Cannonball Run is a popular cross-country trip that doubles as a sprint as drivers seek to ride as rapidly as possible from New York to Los Angeles. It originally began in reaction against the rising amount of road speed limits throughout the United States.
While the term appears obsolete since citizens now have greater regard for road protection, modern drivers are now using it to measure the EV range as well as set clear records for these battery-powered vehicles for transcontinental transport.
The Next Drive announced that, on New Year’s Eve, the Porsche Taycan set the combustion mark for the new Cannonball Race. While this record-breaking effort is technically illegal because the highways are virtually deserted in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, drivers have been able to do it.
InsideEVs automotive journalist Kyle Conner started the journey with co-drivers Tijmen Schreur and Drew Peterson after preparing the Porsche Taycan 4S with a full battery in front of New York City’s Red Ball Parking Garage.
On the evening of New Year’s Day, the trio onboard the Porsche Taycan managed to enter the Portofino Hotel and Marina. It only took them 44 hours, 25 minutes and 59 seconds, much faster than the current Tesla Model 3 record. The time-lapse of the entire tour is seen in a YouTube video posted by Out of Spec Motoring.
Configuring the Cannonball Run Record amid the failure of the navigation device
Conner told The Next Web that, for the numerous real-world range experiments he performs, Porsche initially loaned him the Taycan. “This was an idea that came up after the loan was set up,”This was an idea that came up after the loan had been set up. While it seemed an insane idea to use a press car to do the race, Porsche just has better specifications.
Porsche is a fast vehicle, yes. However, Tesla is banking on its widespread Supercharger network that provides a longer spectrum between charges. At 150 kW, the V2 Superchargers provide peak power while V3 Superchargers deliver 250 kW of peak power.
However, the Taycan drivers used the Electrify America charging network throughout the entire race, providing up to 350 kW of range at its maximum output. This makes it the world’s best EV charger, providing 100 km of extra driving with only a five-minute charge. Meanwhile, Teasla is said to be operating on a 350 kW V4 Supercharger at present.
However, when the car’s navigation device lost sight of their position and only showed they were in Ohio regardless of what state they were actually in, the trio suffered a big setback.
Until they started off on the route, Conner immediately took the car to the dealer to repair the fault. When they hit their planned set-out, though, it was unresolved, so the drivers only had to manually maneuver the car to a charger using the accelerator pedal.
There were also difficulties with the charging station, as only a capacity of 270 kW could be approved by Taycan. The engineers of Electrify America had to track all charging sessions to stop more problems.
The Porsche Taycan has proven its muscle and pace amid these technological challenges when it defeated Tesla’s Cannonball Race at the beginning of 2021.