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First time going to Thunderhill West and had a blast. First time at THill West so ran in the novice group to learn the track, but got a couple of clear laps. I am not an experienced track driver by any means so my times are pretty slow.



Some notes:
  • Low-speed acceleration is impressive, the EV torque really does help.
  • 5150 lbs is a lot of weight, and despite all the PDCC, RAS, etc... that Porsche includes, you can definitely feel it.
  • There is an EA charger at Willows Wal-Mart about 7 miles away from the track with 350 kW capability. Entirely possible to drive to EA after each session, charge, and make it back in time for the next session.
  • The tires (PZero Elect) on the car gives way before anything else. I might swap the tires for PS4S or something else when they are done.
  • No overheating issues with the way I was driving (90+ F ambient) but I can see a more experienced driver getting the car to overheat. The fans were on overdrive as I left the track after each 20 minute session.
Happy to answer any questions!

 

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it's useful in the future to pull up battery temp on the "information" gauge if you'r'e going to be tracking the Taycan - 132F is the "magic" number - once Taycan reaches 132F it will reduce max throttle capacity to limit max discharge rate which lowers the amount of heat being dumped into the battery as a result of high discharge rates - it's entirely possible to track a Taycan with no overheating if you don't reach the 132F battery temp.

looks like fun - thunderhill is my 2nd most favorite track local to the bay area

what was your consumption per session?
 
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Thanks, will do that next time. Consumption is about 45-50% per 20 minute session, which translates to about 11-13 laps. I expect the consumption to be higher at most other tracks, since Thunderhill West is fairly low speed compared to Laguna Seca or Sonoma, etc...
 

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Nice!!

I saw the traction control (PSM) come active accelerating out of a few corners. Noticeable at all to the driver? We’re you in PSM Sport or the default PSM setting?

I meant to try a couple laps with PSM on to see how intrusive it is on my last track day but didn’t get the chance. I found in the wet it was a bit too active and pulled too much power for too long.
 
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Nice!!

I saw the traction control (PSM) come active accelerating out of a few corners. Noticeable at all to the driver? We’re you in PSM Sport or the default PSM setting?

I meant to try a couple laps with PSM on to see how intrusive it is on my last track day but didn’t get the chance. I found in the wet it was a bit too active and pulled too much power for too long.
Default PSM setting for the run in the video. I think it was noticeable but not overly intrusive. I would turn it down a setting to PSM Sport the next time since I am now more familiar with the track.
 

 
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