The Porsche Taycan has been assigned the role of Formula E’s safety car for the upcoming season. The all-electric sedan in Turbo S guise will celebrate its track debut on January 28-29 when the inaugural round is scheduled to take place in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia. It makes perfect sense for a high-performance electric car to lead the pack since the zero-emission car from Zuffenhausen is one of the fastest EVs in the world.
Naturally, the Taycan Turbo S is wearing a special Formula E livery along with roof lights and “22” logos to denote the number of drivers competing this year. The competition is entering its eighth season and Porsche will take its Safety Car all over the world during the 16 rounds planned for 2022:
|1||28th Jan.||Saudi Arabia||Riyadh|
|2||29th Jan.||Saudi Arabia||Riyadh|
|3||12th Feb.||Mexico||Mexico City|
|6||30th Apr.||Monaco||Monte Carlo|
|11||16th Jul.||USA||New York|
|12||17th Jul.||USA||New York|
|15||13th Aug.||South Korea||Seoul|
|16||14th Aug.||South Korea||Seoul|
Changes to the car have been inside where the speedy EV was fitted with racing bucket seats featuring six-point seatbelts. In addition, there is a roll cage in the back, along with the wire harnesses necessary to control the extra lights on the outside, including those mounted in the front bumper. The purpose-built Taycan Turbo S comes along with a communication system and a fire extinguisher in case something goes wrong.
As a refresher, the range-topping Taycan has dual electric motors and all-wheel drive as standard. It packs up to 751 horsepower and runs to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 2.8 seconds en route to 162 mph (260 km/h). It’s not the fastest EV (excluding hypercars) in the world since the Tesla Model S Plaid can now do 175 mph while the Lucid Air Dream Edition maxes out at 168 mph (270 km/h).