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All-Electric Porsche Taycan to Appear at Goodwood Festival of Speed

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Porsche Taycan at Goodwood House 2019
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Porsche has announced former Formula One driver and Le Mans winner Mark Webber will drive the upcoming Taycan electric sports car at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, marking the first time the German manufacturer sends an electric car up the famous hill.

“Even for a thoroughbred racing driver like me, it is amazing how the Taycan — even though it’s still a prototype — accelerates off the start and out of the corners,” Webber said, referring back to a previous event at which he tried the Taycan.

Every year, nearly 200,000 motorsport enthusiasts attend the Goodwood Festival of Speed in southern England to watch brand new and classic cars alike climb the narrow, 1.87-kilometer track flanked by bales of straw.

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Goodwood will be just the second of three stops for the Taycan, which will be going on a demo run across three continents over the course of three weeks. The first event will take place at the Porsche Experience Center in Shanghai with Porsche Carrera Asia Cup driver Chao Li behind the wheel, and the third at the ABB FIA Formula E Championship in New York, with Porsche factory driver and Le Mans winner Neel Jani taking the honors that time.

Porsche plans to finally present the production-ready Taycan in September 2019 and to launch the car in all three of its major markets — the US, Europe, and China — before the end of the year. It will produce nearly 600 horsepower and come with a 90 kWh battery that Porsche says will be quickly chargeable thanks to the car’s 800-volt architecture.

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