Porsche never dodges a challenge. But that is nothing new for a brand that has conquered the most iconic circuits in competitions of all kinds. If it is something more novel, instead, what you just achieved with a Taycan Cross Tourism: enter the Guinness Book.
The famous almanac of records has recorded the unique journey of a group of reporters across the United States. After traveling 2,274 km between Michigan and Colorado, they obtained at the top of Pike’s Peak the highest altitude gain for an electric car, with 4,842,967 meters.
The feat also has a second heroic component. And it is that JF Musial and his team completed the route uninterruptedly in almost two days. Total, 33 hours and 48 minutes behind the wheel, stopping only to recharge the battery and change drivers.
From the mine to the sky
That being said, it is fair to acknowledge that the record has its trick. On the finish line, Pike’s Peak is a level well known for the difficulty of tackling its altitude of 4,302 meters. A simple calculation reveals that this mythical summit constitutes at least 80% of the profile climbed during the trip.
But in addition, this record has a key that will not be easy to overcome in the future. In this case, it is the starting point located at Michigan’s Eagle Mine. This excavation is the lowest place in the US that can be reached with a vehicle, having to climb its 541 meters deep to reach the surface again.
From there the Taycan Cross Turismo departed, traveling the machinery work paths. Along with the perennial presence of J. F Musial himself, a sealed box between the front seats kept GPS and altimeters they would record the feat.
But with the change from the mud to the asphalt the problems did not end, quite the contrary. The weather was about to ruin the adventure, with abundant rains and a strong threat of snow shortly after reaching the foothills of Pike’s Peak.
Taking advantage of his experience as a former participant in this climb, the pilot Dai Yoshihara completed this last stage – the most demanding – in less than 45 minutes and was in charge of receiving the trophy at the top. With the traditional ‘family photo’ ending, culminated a challenge that has put the energies, concentration and luck of these adventurers to the test. But once they have recovered from exhaustion, surely a single question remains in their heads: “What are we going to do next?”
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