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Porsche Taycan nabs Guinness World Record Indoor Land Speed Record

The all-electric Porsche Taycan has set another Guinness World Record.

Photo courtesy of Porsche AG

Late last year, the Porsche Taycan claimed the Guinness World Record for longest drift with an electric vehicle. It lasted 55 minutes. Another, equally as impressive feat has been attempted by the car, setting yet another World Record.

The Guinness World Record for fastest speed by a vehicle indoors now belongs to the Porsche Taycan Turbo S and its driver Leh Keen. Like when the Taycan completed its drift challenge, there were strict rules to get this new title. Keen would have to start from a standstill and come to a complete stop within the space of a building. No run up, no safety net, no open doors. In essence, no escape route.

The attempt took place at a convention center hall in Louisiana.Photo courtesy of Porsche AG

Keen, a Dubin, Georgia native, needed a vehicle that would be both surefooted and quick while also braking promptly and safely. The Taycan Turbo S was chosen for the task. It boasts a maximum of 750 horsepower, has four-wheel drive, and comes equipped with carbon ceramic brakes. It can go from 60 mph to a standstill in 2.6 seconds, the same amount of time it takes the car to get from zero to 60 mph.

The Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana was chosen as the location of the attempt. It features 1 million square feet of exhibit space and has the largest contiguous exhibit hall in the U.S. There was just one problem. The floor of the exhibit hall was polished concrete - a surface that would replicate ice when driven on at speed.

"I didn't really appreciate the scale of the record attempt until my first exploratory run. The surface is so unpredictable, so slick, that you have to have complete trust in your car. It truly was like ice – and you're accelerating flat out, facing a really hard wall at the end. Suddenly, even in a massive space like the one we had, it seems very small," said Keen after his record attempt.

Porsche Taycan Turbo S Keen and the Taycan Turbo S are now world record holders.Photo courtesy of Porsche AG

Porsche Taycan Turbo S

Keen had the stock Pirelli P Zero (PZ4) street tires on the Taycan preheated ahead of the record attempt as a precaution. Then, he climbed in the car and was off.

That's it. It took just one run for the Taycan to smash the existing indoor land speed record, coming in at 102.6 mph. The previous record of 86 mph had stood for seven years up until Keen completed the Taycan's run.

The speed was confirmed by an independent adjudicators.

Watch a video featuring the record-setting attempt below.

Taycan Powers to Guinness World Records™ Indoor Speed Title www.youtube.com

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Dream job alert

You could become Dodge's Chief Donut Maker

You can apply to become a Dodge ambassador with some great perks.

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One lucky person is about to win the car enthusiast's job of a lifetime, though only for a year. Beginning today, Dodge is accepting applications for its new and temporary Chief Donut Maker

If the title alone isn't enough to make the job sound appealing, the benefits are seemingly endless. The lucky new Dodge "employee" will pick up a $150,000 salary, along with the opportunity to drive an SRT Hellcat company car for the year. Additionally, the winner will participate in all manner of racing and car-related events, take courses at Radford Racing School, and get a load of Dodge-branded clothing.

Dodge is Hiring a Chief Donut Maker www.youtube.com

If you're reading this and thinking it sounds like a blast - you're right. There's a catch, however, which comes in the form of an intense consideration process that culminates in a racing event with a pro driver on a closed course. A panel of judges will evaluate the video entries, and wrestler Bill Goldberg will oversee the race between the top ten finalists. Dodge says the series of eliminations will air like a reality TV show, with the winner being revealed in the final episode.

Today is the opening day of the application period. You have until February 28 to submit your short video, which can be a maximum of two minutes. Get busy making your video and head here to submit it before the deadline.

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What was your best car-related experience this year?

Chris Teague

This year has been a lot of things, but it hasn't been boring. Even if we focus only on the car world, there's plenty to talk about, from microchip-related new vehicle shortages to the wave of new electric vehicles hitting the market. That leaves us with a question for all of you: What was the best or most memorable car moment for you in 2021? I'll get the conversation started.

Porsche Cayenne GTS My SoCal Cayenne śaw snow for the first time in its nearly 200k-mile life last week.Chris Teague

I'd spent a good portion of 2021 wanting a new-old car to drive when I wasn't testing a new vehicle. That's harder than you'd think for someone who thinks, talks, and writes about cars all day, because there are so many interesting, risky, and downright funky options out there in every price range. The added headache for me was that I'd chosen to shop for a "fun" car in one of the most volatile car markets ever seen. Even the extremely high-mileage "untouchable" European cars I wanted to buy were commanding ridiculous prices.

After a solid few months of waffling between various rattletrap Mercedes-AMG, BMW M, and Audi S/RS cars, I landed on an option that had escaped me before: The Porsche Cayenne. First-generation Cayennes are a real bargain now, but the 955/957 (Porsche's internal code for the SUVs) can experience major problems that occur with or without regular maintenance and care. I was determined to buy one, and wasn't overly concerned about mileage, as long as I could count the number of owners on one hand. There was a beautiful 2009 Cayenne GTS with 90,000 miles but nine owners, a gorgeous 2004 Cayenne Turbo with a concerning engine tick, and many more just like them. Finally, I decided to risky-click a 196,000-mile Cayenne GTS in Southern California. It had one owner and one dealer-owner for a month or two prior to sale, its condition looked decent in photos, and I was able to negotiate a reasonable enough price that shipping it from San Diego to Maine wasn't a huge problem.

Porsche Cayenne GTS The pics look great, but hands-on tells another story.Chris Teague

I had two traveling Euro mechanics check the car out, and both confirmed that it was well-worn but mechanically sound, so I jumped. Ten days later, on a snowy, icy, dark Maine afternoon, the Cayenne arrived. Cosmetically, there were a few things the dealer and mechanics failed to mention, but overall, it looked good. The SUV passed Maine safety and emissions testing without problem, got a new set of Michelins, and I was on my way.

Porsche Cayenne GTS I'm in danger, but thankfully this should be a reasonable fix.Chris Teague

A few days of driving revealed what I was really in for. A check engine light revealed a camshaft position sensor error and the Cayenne displayed a nasty vibration at idle. A new sensor and motor mounts, and I'm on my way. I'll update you as more things break or miraculously work, but I want to hear your memories from 2021.

Email me at chris@automotivemap.com, and I will compile the best and most interesting stories for a story on New Year's Day. May you all have a wonderful 2022.

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