This time, a prototype version of the car is shown on the deck of the USS Hornet, pulling a stunt no one attempted before: accelerate to 90 mph (144 mph) and then brake hard, preferably before the driver runs out of deck.
Piloted by W Series driver Shea Holbrook and using all the might of its launch control systems, the Taycan needed 422 feet (128 meters) to reach that speed. As soon as the mark was reached, the carbon-ceramic brakes were put to use, stopping the car just 98 feet (38 meters) away from the carrier deck’s edge.
The entire stunt needed only 10.17 seconds to unfold, and it was quite the experience for the 29-year old driver.
“Deliberately accelerating towards thin air and the ocean is a new experience for me, but the Taycan gave me a huge amount of confidence – it was really stable but under acceleration and, more importantly, under braking,” she said after the fact.
“What a rush! It was only when I looked back at the footage that it dawned on me what I’d just done.”
This is not the first time the Taycan was put through its paces in acceleration runs. At the beginning of August, YouTuber Jonny Smith was given a chance to take it to its limits by accelerating the car from 0 to 124 mph (200 kph) and then back to full stop 26 times in a row.