Ah, the endurance race, what a classic means of testing the superiority of vehicles. While one may assume that endurance races and electric cars don’t mix, because of range, that’s not the case at all. In fact, the “Ignitis ON: get to know Lithuania!” caters specifically to EV owners.
This year, both a Porsche Taycan and a Tesla Model 3 competed in the 500 km (311 mile) race. With the Taycan’s EPA-range of 201 miles, or 323.5 km, one would assume it wouldn’t finish anywhere near the Tesla Model 3, which has 322 miles of range (518 km).
That’s not as true as one might think. The Porsche EV actually has a much less optimistic range and power appraisal than the Tesla. That being said, the Model 3 did still come in first place, driven by Paliūtis Racing team members Artūras Stelionis and Domas Sabaitis.
This year our team with Porsche Taycan Turbo finished 2nd in 500 km EV rally. Lost one minute to Tesla Model 3. pic.twitter.com/FB2OvBLNIy
— Pragmatikas (@pragmatikas) June 14, 2020
Even though the Tesla touts a range in excess of 500 km, it still had to stop and charge. Importantly, it only stopped for 29 minutes, before barreling towards a first place finish. Nevermind the higher range figures of a Model S, which the racers didn’t have for this event.
If you consider the cost of the Model 3 vs the Taycan, which is about three times more expensive, than this is pretty wild. This was the first time that Tesla had a car race in this particular event. Here’s to many more, from both manufacturers.