This Taycan has Covid in its sights.
Porsche Ibérica to donate 4,543kg of food after lapping Spain in a Taycan Turbo S
Unless you're a member of an undiscovered Amazonian tribe I have a "slight" suspicion that you've probably heard of Coronavirus. As I write this, the UK is on the verge of yet another national lockdown and most of our European friends are once again confined to their homes. Many of you will be furloughed and I think everyone is very wary of the economic disaster that continues to grow whilst our workplaces lay empty.
Spain was one of the hardest hit countries with the first wave decimating the tourism industry - one of Spain's biggest employers, forming 17% of their GDP. As you can imagine this has lead to severe financial difficulty for many people. One of life's greatest expenses and yet an essential necessity? Food.
Partnering with FESBAL (The Spanish Federation of Food Banks) and it's Portuguese equivalent, Rede de Emergencia Alimentar, Porsche Ibérica embarked on an ambitious scheme. As part of a 3 stage fundraising scheme a Taycan Turbo S would lap Spain. The important bit. For every km the Taycan's wheels covered, Porsche Ibérica would donate one kg of food. As you may remember from Geography, the Iberian peninsular is rather large!
These wheels are made for turning and that's what they're gonna do...... Look at that donking big calliper! And yes, it does rain in Spain - occasionally.
In Mid-October the Taycan began its tour around the Iberian Penisular. Wrapped in a Factory Worksesque livery making the car even more eye catching the Taycan began to dispatch mountain passes, winding roads and the vast motorway stretches with ease.
Who wants to see a Taycan RSR?
Obviously the first thing that I'd think about when planning a trip like that in an electric car is where on earth are you going to charge! Bearing in mind that the Turbo S has a WLTP range of 258 miles/415km (combined) Porsche Iberica managed to plot a route that made use of the Turbo chargers at Porsche centres, supplemented by Spain's rapidly growing EV charging network. As the Taycan built up it's mileage a growing number of stickers on its flanks testified to the visited Porsche centres.
I'll leave the rest of the detail to the photos, despite being in the throes of Autumn Spain is still dry and bright with that gorgeous blue sky and jaw dropping sunsets. The entire trip went smoothly with the Taycan covering 4,543km with an average consumption of 25.9kwh/100km about 80mpg in fossil fuel (very close to the WLTP 25.6kwh/100km) More importantly that means that Porsche Iberica will be donating a substancial 4,543kg of food parcels to FESBA, doubtless these precious food parcels will be a vast help to many throughout the country. In total, Porsche Iberica are getting very close to raising over 400,00€ to help people affected by the Coronavirus pandemic - if that doesn't restore a little faith in humanity I don't know what will.
Porsche Ibérica and FESBA representatives "seal" the deal.
Me gusta - note the 911-esque "hips"
All pictures © Porsche AG
Driving on the sprawling Madrid motorways is quite something - I imagine 750bhp make avoiding traffic quite easy...
Bit better than miserable ol' Blightly....