Taycan to Premier at Leadfoot

Porsche New Zealand is pleased to announce its first all-electric Sports Car, the Taycan, will be making
its debut on New Zealand soil at the Leadfoot Festival on the 8th & 9th of February.

Taking centre stage at the Porsche hospitality stand will be a LHD Porsche Taycan Turbo, imported specifically to be showcased at this iconic New Zealand motorsport event.

Two Porsche ambassadors have been secured to drive the Taycan at the event. Nine time Formula One Grand Prix winner - Mark Webber, and two time 24 Hours of Le Mans winner - Earl Bamber, will be attending the festival and will complete a demonstration drive up the iconic driveway in the lunch break.

Porsche Taycan Charging Station

The Taycan

The Taycan Turbo is the mid-range model, with other variants including the Taycan 4S and the Taycan Turbo S already announced. The Taycan Turbo accelerates to 100kms in 3.2 seconds, and boasts 500kW/ 680HP, it’s easy to see why this is already one of the most highly anticipated vehicles of 2020. With its clean, authentic design, the Taycan signals the beginning of a new era. At the same time, it retains the
unmistakable Porsche design DNA. From the front, it looks particularly low and wide with highly contoured wings. The silhouette is shaped by the sporty roof line sloping downward to the rear. The highly sculpted side sections are also characteristic. The sleek cabin, the drawn-in rear C-pillar and the pronounced shoulders of the wings result in a sharply emphasized rear that is typical of the brand. There are also innovative elements such as the glass-effect Porsche logo, which is integrated in the continuous light bar at the rear. The cockpit also signals the start of a new era with its clear structure and completely new architecture. The freestanding, curved instrument cluster forms the highest point on the dashboard. A central 10.9-inch infotainment display, and an optional passenger display are combined to form an integrated glass band in a black-panel look.

Porsche Taycan Charging

With the Taycan, Porsche offers an entirely leather-free interior option for the first time. Interiors made from innovative recycled materials underscore the sustainable concept of the electric sports car. “Foot garages” – recesses in the battery in the rear foot well – ensure seating comfort for rear seat passengers while allowing the typically low roof height found on sports cars. Two luggage compartments are available: the front compartment has a capacity of 81 litres and the rear 366 litres. The Taycan Turbo S and Taycan Turbo have two exceptionally efficient electric machines, one on the front axle and one on the rear axle, thus making the cars all-wheel drive. Both the range and the continuous power of the drive system benefit from the highly efficient permanently excited synchronous machines. The electric machine, transmission and pulse-controlled inverter are each combined into a compact drive module. The modules have the highest power density (kW per cubic foot of package space) of all electric powertrains on the market today. A special feature of the electric motors are the "hairpin" windings of the stator coils. This technology makes it possible to incorporate more copper in the stator, increasing power output and torque while maintaining the same component volume. The two-speed transmission installed on the rear axle is an innovation developed by Porsche. First gear lets the Taycan prioritize acceleration from a standing start, while second gear, with its long gear ratio, ensures high efficiency and equally high-power reserves while traveling at high speeds.

Leadfoot Festival 


The Leadfoot Festival is a unique weekend bringing together a mix of modern and classic cars, motorcycles and motorsport legends, hosted annually by Rod and Shelly Millen at their private Leadfoot Ranch in Hahei. Leadfoot estate is situated on the Coromandel Peninsula, proudly featuring a 1.6km hill climb winding through the property. Throughout the weekend, drivers from New Zealand and around the world, have been hand selected by Rod Millen to compete to ascend the challenging course.

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