Recently I said I would never own an electric car. No way. Doesn’t make sense. Don’t want to stop at a charging station. Throw those things away! Because I just love the sound of an exhaust system coming from a mid engine or rear engine vehicle. The screams that my Porsche 991 GT3RS 4.0L gives are so amazing nothing can replicate that, EVER! But then I got a ride in one of our guys Tesla Model 3 cars (video here). The torque, excitement, and technology is really just insane. Literally Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Total Recall movie has to come life (Millenials please google). So with plenty of gas cars around in the garage and throwing the budget out the window, it was our time here at Vivid Racing to take on the electric car market. So in October 2019 we configured our Porsche Taycan Turbo. But the story doesn’t start there…
As a GIANT Porsche lover and owner of almost every model they have made (911’s, Panamera, Cayenne, Macan), my interest was peaked at the announcement of the Taycan. Seeing spy photos on various sites like CarBuzz, Motortrend, and of course all the forums and Facebook groups, I was intrigued. So with a little trip to Stuttgart, Germany in 2018 we visit the Porsche Museum where I got an up close and personal view of the prototype, Mission E. This car was front and center in the Museum. Porsche really wanted to make a statement of about what was to come. Usually in the world of concept cars, they don’t end up looking like the production version. But Porsche was going to let the world down!
As a Tesla Model S competitor, this car was to revolutionize the electric car world. Beyond so-so attempts to compete with Tesla from the Nissan Leaf, BMW i8, Chevy Volt, the Porsche Taycan would bring one thing to the electric world others had not yet and never will, the Porsche Driving Experience. If you get a chance to watch the Welt Documentary on building the Porsche Taycan, everything else will make sense to you. After waiting almost 10 months for our very customized Taycan Turbo, it was delivered at Porsche Chandler here in Arizona.
The buying experience with Chandler Porsche was superb. One of the nicest facilities and friendliest staff which may be the reason I keep buying Porsche cars! After thoroughly going through the command center of screens and info, it was time to take it out for a drive. With 4 driving modes, regenerative braking, 3 settings of suspension heights, upgraded 21 inch sport wheels, and the unique Gentian Blue Metallic paint, this would surely be a blast. Unlike a Tesla with one big screen in the middle, Porsche makes you feel like you are in a car. We even opted for the passenger screen for those ready to do some serious road rallies. You simply cannot resist going into Sport Plus Mode and hammering the “gas” pedal to feel the power, which btw is 670hp and 626ft/lbs!
But where Tesla does take the cake at this moment in time is their infrastructure. Don’t forget you have to charge these things! The Turbo comes with a range of about 200 miles. And that is not 200 miles of beating the piss out of it. Its cruising to the grocery store, using ECO mode, and driving responsible. While we wait for the “Electrify America” systems to get installed in more locations, most of us Taycan owners will have to use regular chargers if out on the road. You may get about a 5-10% charge in 2 hours if lucky from any of the basic charging stations. So plan your trips accordingly! If you are smart, and you should be since you bought the coolest electric car ever, install the 220 big charger at home which will get you to full range overnight.
So what are you going to upgrade on the Porsche Taycan? Fake exhaust tips? Intercooler? Whistle tip? Yea exactly! The electric car market is limited right now in 2020. But there is plenty of styling, handling, and weight saving products to make. In fact, we have already started on a few Vivid Racing Porsche Taycan products including lowering links, front aero spoiler, and we are working on lighter rotors and wheels! Much like the popular Tesla Model 3 market, the Porsche Taycan market will be big too. And this is just the beginning of the electric craze!