Living an Electric Dream
Porsche Asia Pacific: Porsche Experience Centre (PEC) Sepang played host to the Asia Pacific region’s first E-Performance Nights, where Porsche’s plug-in models tested their mettle on the racetrack.
Glorious in the dark
E-Performance Nights gave Porsche’s plug-in hybrids a chance to test their mettle on the racetrack.
Porsche Asia Pacific staged the region’s first-ever E-Performance Nights event in Malaysia, beginning with a road tour of Kuala Lumpur at eventide, culminating on the racetrack at Porsche Experience Centre (PEC) Sepang. As the sun went down and the flood lights came up, the fun began. Regional media got to grips with the top echelon of Porsche plug-in hybrid models, such as the 887 hp 918 Spyder and 500 kW (680 hp; Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid: Fuel consumption combined 3.3 l/100 km; CO2 emissions 74 g/km; electricity consumption (combined) 16.0 kWh/100 km (as of 07/2020)) Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid. They relished the taste of Le Mans-style driving as they took the plug-in hybrid models on the racetrack at one of the region’s finest racing facilities—the best place to discover the awe-inspiring abilities of the E-Hybrid models and visualize the brand’s future in electromobility.
“E-Performance is a core tenet of our future strategy. In 2025, we envision that around half of the new cars we sell will be electrically powered Porsche models, whether fully electric or hybrids,” said Arthur Willmann, Managing Director of Porsche Asia Pacific. This event also gave the region’s media their first chance to drive the Cayenne E-Hybrid, which made its Asian Pacific debut there. Combining sports utility with a new performance-oriented hybrid strategy that heightens emotionality, the plug-in Cayenne does it all: it maintains its day-to-day usability and off-road capabilities, while delivering sports-car performance from its 340 kW (462 hp; Cayenne E-Hybrid: Fuel consumption combined 3.2 – 3.1 l/100 km; CO2 emissions 74 – 70 g/km; electricity consumption (combined) 18.5 – 17.6 kWh/100 km (as of 07/2020)), 700 Nm drivetrain, consisting of a 3.0-liter biturbo V6 and an electric motor with a 14.1 kWh battery, via an eight-speed Tiptronic S gearbox. The Sepang circuit also offered the perfect stage to showcase the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid’s best-in-class performance in comfort and sport, with its 4.0-liter, biturbo V8 and electric motor with a 14 kWh battery. Alongside the Sport Turismo, it offered journalists a taste of world-class Porsche driving dynamics combined with maximum efficiency and a boost strategy that originated in the 918 Spyder.
As the first manufacturer in the premium segment to offer plug-in hybrid systems in three different model lines, Porsche’s current strategy of everyday sports cars that are also efficient vehicles is expressed very clearly in the E-Performance models. Showcasing them at E-Performance Nights set the context for the Taycan, Porsche’s first purely electric, high-performance car, which is set to make its debut this year. To preview the upcoming electric vehicle, a scale model of the Mission E (as the Taycan was then known) was on display with an integrated augmented reality (AR) experience. “The E-Performance Nights event was the perfect way for us to demonstrate our plug-in hybrid models that embody the Porsche DNA. Whether driving around Kuala Lumpur or on the racetrack at Sepang, our Taycan will encapsulate all of this and more,” said Arthur Willmann. “Stay tuned.” For the media, there was one clear takeaway from the night-time event: the fear that Porsche’s electric future will somehow detract from its high-performance heritage is as needless and irrational as being afraid of the dark.