Among world records Guinness there is one on the record of the highest speed of a vehicle inside a building. That strange feat has a new owner: Leh keen, who sped up a Porsche Taycan until the 165,1 km/h at an expo center in New Orleans, Louisiana. Thus lowered the mark that was 138,4 km/h.
The rules, strictly enforced by Guinness World Records, they intimidate anyone. Keen had to start and finish standing his record attempt, all within the building space. It could not be uphill, nor have a safety net, nor open doors and, therefore, no escape route. For this reason, the previous record had been unbeatable for seven years.
Nevertheless, Keen enthusiastically continued his planning. I needed a car I could trust to break the record: safe in difficult conditions, with the best accelerations and, above all, with the best braking. The model that met these criteria was the Taycan Turbo S, a model with four-wheel drive to maximize grip, powerful carbon ceramic brakes and the ability to accelerate from 0 to 100 km / h in just 2,8 seconds.
Selecting the right building was also difficult. The chosen one was Ernest N. Morial Convention Center from New Orleans, Louisiana. More than nine hectares, It has the largest exhibition space in the United States, ideal for the distance it provided. However, like many other indoor installations, the polished concrete surface was like ice when it was passed over with speed.
“I didn't really appreciate the magnitude of the record attempt until my first rehearsal. The surface is so unpredictable, so slippery, that you have to fully trust your car. It was really like ice and you are going full throttle as you approach a really hard wall. Suddenly, even a huge space like the one we had seems very small "Keen commented.
“I could feel the Taycan's systems taking notice, working to keep me on the straight line. It was an impressive feat. Accelerating with such thrust on such a variable surface was incredible. Not for a moment did I doubt that I could do it ", Agregó.
Keen's strategy was to accelerate progressively, with low-speed test runs. The standard road tires were preheated as a precaution. When it came time to break the record, one attempt was enough.
“I took a moment at the starting line, knowing that I was going to have to go as fast as possible and stop again, all before reaching the wall that awaited me at the end and had my full attention. I used launch control and the Taycan just catapulted. The sense of speed inside, even in such a large space, is enormous. That wall was approaching very quickly ”, He explained.
“In the end, the Taycan's brakes were more than up to scratch. Of course, I didn't look at my speed, so it was a surprise and a relief to know that I had broken the record by such a large margin. the brand new record-keeper ended.