Porsche achieves record run from Thailand to Singapore with a Taycan 4S Cross Turismo
Porsche continues to celebrate its 75th anniversary in a big way. Aside from revealing the all-electric Vision 357 Speedster at the 2023 Goodwood Festival of Speed, the Stuttgart-based automaker also achieved a record run for the Porsche Taycan.
Recently, Porsche participated in a unique challenge in Southeast Asia, resulting in making history of completing the fastest single journey in EV from Thailand to Singapore. Dubbed the “Taycan Record Run”, three journalists took on the challenge of non-stop driving from Bang Yai on the outskirts of Bangkok all the way to Gardens by the Bay in Singapore, each one taking turns behind the wheel of a Porsche Taycan 4S Cross Turismo.
Enabling the team to spend more time on the road rather than at a charging station was made possible by using the Shell Recharge High Performance Charging (HPC) network which was recently implemented by the company in collaboration with Porsche. This allowed Pholpat Salayakanond from Thailand, Pan Eu-Jin from Malaysia, and Desmond Chan from Singapore to stop and recharge the Taycan for only 25 minutes for the entire 1,845 km route.
Throughout its journey, the trio of journalists and the Taycan 4S Cross Turismo followed all national speed limits so as not to invalidate the record, as well as maximize the range of the vehicle is rated at around 512 km on a full charge.
Heading south through the Thai peninsula the car made its way through checkpoints from Chumphon to Nakhon Si Thammarat and further south into Hat Yai. By nightfall, the travelers had crossed over the Sadao border and were making a beeline to their mid-point, the first checkpoint in Malaysia at Porsche Centre Penang. With a long day of driving behind, the team opted for a quick refresh before returning to the road for the night ahead.
After another charging interval at the Shell Recharge Tapah, the Taycan made its silent journey across the bulk of the Malaysian peninsula. The battery pack was topped up for the final time at the Shell Recharge Tangkak at the tip of the state of Johor. The three drivers then pressed on past the Malaysia-Singapore border in the early hours, despite a challenge at the Tuas checkpoint. By this point, the trio was on the home straight, down the Ayer-Rajah Expressway towards the welcome sight of the famous Singapore skyline.
At exactly 10:15 AM local time, the car and the crew pulled up to the finishing line – the SG50 Lattice structure within the picturesque grounds of Gardens by the Bay. The drivers were welcomed by fellow Taycan owners from Porsche Club Singapore, Porsche staff and event partners, as well as officials from the Singapore and Malaysia Book of Records.
After some celebrations, TAG Heuer timekeepers authenticated the timing sheets for the entire journey, and the numbers were keyed in 29 hours and 15 minutes, the fastest single journey in an EV from Thailand to Singapore. The Porsche Taycan 4S Cross Turismo and its three drivers were now record makers.
“Our first all-electric sports car, the Porsche Taycan, is already the benchmark for sporty performance, dynamic handling, and efficient charging. Now, we elevate the use-case for electric cars even further, by showing that long-distance, cross-border EV travel can be both fast and seamless with this first-ever Thailand-to-Singapore EV record,” said Andre Brand, General Manager of Porsche Singapore.