See an All-Electric Porsche Taycan Do 0-90-0 on the USS Hornet

The Taycan, the first all-electric Porsche, will debut on September 4

See an All-Electric Porsche Do 0-90-0 on an Aircraft Carrier
The Porsche Taycan on the USS Hornet. (Porsche)
By Evan Bleier / September 3, 2019 11:10 am

To help showcase how quickly its forthcoming electric car can take off, Porsche enlisted the services of one of the U.S. Navy’s most prestigious aircraft carriers.

Aboard the USS Hornet, the 27,500-ton aircraft carrier which was used to recover astronauts from the Apollo 11 and Apollo 12 moon missions, driver Shea Holbrook took a prototype of the all-electric Taycan. And this time, the German automaker didn’t hold back.

Professional racer Shea Holbrook drove a prototype Taycan up to 90.58 miles per hour in just 422 feet before braking and taking the new model back down to zero about 100 feet before the end of the flight deck.

The entire run took Holbrook 10.17 seconds.

“While this isn’t a usual metric we use to benchmark the performance of the Taycan, it’s quite a fitting way for a professional to demonstrate the power of the car as it nears the end of its development,” said Taycan product line VP Stefan Weckbach. “On a tough, changeable surface the Taycan’s composure, its incredible acceleration and stopping power were so impressive. It goes without saying that this impressive run is strictly for pros like Shea.”

This is likely the last stunt Porsche will pull off prior to the world premiere of the Taycan on September 4 at 3:00 p.m. CEST.

The unveiling is set to take place on three continents at the same time — North America (Niagara Falls between New York and the Canadian province of Ontario), Europe (a solar farm in Neuhardenberg near Berlin) and Asia (a wind farm on Pingtan Island near the Chinese city of Fuzhou in the province of Fujian).

Formula 1 driver Mark Webber will moderate the unveiling.

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