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Not long into lockdown I started commentating on the Porsche Club GB Sim Racing Championship on Simracersworld TV, and my co-commentator and I noticed that one of the drivers had Porsche Centre Chester down the side of his car.
It turned out the livery was a replica of his real world race car, and he was the dealership principal, so in jest we decided that if we spoke highly enough of him, we'd be able to borrow a Porsche for some videos we had planned.
Fast forward almost a year and it actually happened, albeit with just me and unfortunately not Peter, as he is up in Scotland, but I hope we can rendezvous at some point in the future and do something similar to this.
Carl was incredibly generous about the whole situation and I cannot thank him and his colleague Rob enough - Rob even being kind enough to bring a plethora of camera and microphone equipment to work that day, to help me improve the quality of my video!
The car made an unbelieveable impression. The 0-60 times are ridiculous, the G forces hurt your head and the overall look and feel of the car is special beyond compare.
In more detail, the build quality was as you'd expect - the entire interior felt very well-packed and solid, with screens surrounding and welcoming you into the car from the moment you open the door. I was prepared to feel like they were a bit much, but when they're off, it's a much cleaner and neater arrangement than having a bunch of buttons and analog dials in your face.
One thing you expect to miss when driving an electric car is the noise of the engine, the gearbox and other components, however, one of the Taycan's many tricks is actually the sound it makes. Porsche have recorded the motors in a very naked form and have a mode you can toggle on and off via the dashboard that plays the noise of the motors back through the sound system, ambiently.
It's not easy to describe in a way that doesn't involve the word "spaceship" as it presents itself in an almost dual-tone whirring and metallic, yet smooth noise. My brother reported that this was more noticeable, but when you turn it off, even after hearing it less than five times during accelaration and decelaration, you begin to miss it.
The party piece is definitely the accelaration - something we've all heard about from electric cars. Having electric motors doing the work is a much more direct way of channeling power than an internal combustion engine and a gearbox, and the Turbo S does a very good job in reminding you of that every time you put your foot down.
I only used Launch Control twice throughout the day, and I'm not sure I'd ever use it again. Firstly because I almost lost consciousness and suffered from some pretty bad motion sickness a few hours later (yes, it's that fast!) and second, the car accelarates well enough without it.
It was always going to make a great impression on an average person like myself that doesn't get to drive things like this very often, but I went into the day open-minded, looking to pick holes in the functionality and practicality of the car, and I honestly couldn't find anything , despite the usual "worrying about range" you get with electric cars.
My brother was very kindly given the chance to drive it as well, which he was super excited for, considering he'd prepared for a day as "just as passenger".
Again, I apologise if the video is a bit long but I didn't want to put any of the footage to waste, and hope that you enjoy seeing the smiles on our faces and the consistently stunned reactions to the many tricks this car has up its sleeves.
Make sure you check out Porsche Centre Chester and their incredible line-up of cars, including an extra centre next door for second-hand models;