27 January 2021
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When Autocar's Colin Goodwin suggested to Porsche that it would be cool to set some electric vehicle speed and distance records, Porsche took it *very* seriously.

And so a few weeks ago we lined up at Brands Hatch with a Porsche Taycan Turbo S and a Porsche Taycan 4S in historic racing colours, aiming to set a dozen distance and speed records. 

To help, Porsche brought a bevy of racing drivers including current Porsche Carrera Cup and Sprint champions, former F1 and sports car ace Jonathan Palmer, and Porsche living legend Richard Attwood. Then there was Autocar's Goodwin.

Starting and finishing in darkness, over 13 hours the team of six drivers and two cars set records for 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1000 kilometres, as well as for 50, 100, 200 and 500 miles. They also turned in one-hour, three-hour, six-hour and 12-hour records. 

The crowning achievement of the bid, full details of which are laid out over 10 pages in Autocar magazine's 27 January 2021 issue, was the 1000km record, achieved in almost exactly 13 hours, the record run beginning in darkness at 7am and finishing a few seconds after 8pm that night. 

Here Goodwin brings you the full story.

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