Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo broke the record in height difference

The all-factory Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo became the first electric car to climb an altitude difference of 3 miles (4.8 km) in one day, driving from the lowest point the team could reach in the US by car to one of the highest, Pikes Peaka.

This achievement was officially recognized by the Guinness Book of Records because the trip was monitored by sealed GPS devices together with an analog altimeter.

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The car was driven from an altitude of 540.8 m (1,774.4 feet) below sea level at the Eagle Mine in Michigan, all the way to the top of Pikes Peak at 4,302 m (14,115 feet) in Colorado.

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The vertical distance between them was just over 3 miles (4.8 km or exactly 4,842,967 meters), but the total distance traveled was 1,413 miles (2,274 km) across five states (Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa, Nebraska and Colorado) .

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The trip lasted 33 hours and 48 minutes, and three groups of drivers took turns during coffee breaks and during stops to recharge their batteries.

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The lowest point in America is the Badwater Basin in Death Valley, 282 feet below sea level, but the team decided to go even deeper than that, using the Eagle mine in Michigan.

Thanks to increased ground clearance and all-wheel drive capabilities, the Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo, with the help of miners, reached the lowest part of the excavation at 540.8 meters (1,774.4 feet) below sea level.

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The nickel and copper mine was a suitable place to start the trip, since electric vehicles rely on those metals.

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During the journey from the underground mine to Pikes Peak, the team encountered sun, rain, snow and ice, with the change in available oxygen falling by 40% by the time they reached their final destination.

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Aside from the fatigue factor, the attempt was not easy as the weather conditions at Pikes Peak can be unpredictable. Fortunately, the team found a time frame for the climb before the snowstorm hit.

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The last person to get behind the wheel was Dai Yoshihara, the winner of the Pikes Peak International Mountain Climb 2020 class.

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The record-breaking trip was recorded by cameraman JF Musial who was part of the team, first as a driver and then as a passenger.

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This is not the first time that Porsche has broken the world record with the Taycan variant. Last year, the Porsche Taycan Turbo S became the fastest indoor vehicle, while in June it set a new record for the electric car production circuit at Bend Motorsport Park in Australia.

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