Hennessey Performance Porsche Taycan on the horizon - plans announced for fettled EV

Texan tuner Hennessey Performance has unveiled plans to turn the new Porsche Taycan up to 11

We might only have just finished our first drive of the Taycan, but America’s most prolific car fettler is already thinking about turning it up a notch. The move will be an unusual one for the tuning world, with all-electric models being almost entirely unexplored, and development will begin early in 2020.

Standard models are yet to be launched, but the current range-topping Turbo S boasts a monumental 750bhp overboost figure for launches, and a constant 616bhp. This gives the Taycan a 2.6sec 0-62mph time, top speed of 160mph and a 0-100mph time of 6.3secs, not figures we’d say need improving, but each to their own. 

> New Porsche Taycan review - Stuttgart puts its stamp on the electric car era

Company founder and CEO, John Hennessey, said: “We’ve been planning to do something with electrified vehicles for a while now. We felt that the new Porsche Taycan was the right platform from which to modify our first EV. Initially, we will start with simple modifications such as wheels, tires and interior upgrades as well as exterior modifications such as more aggressive front and rear bumpers.  After that we will see what might be possible in terms of adding more power.”

There are no promises of more power, then, but given the over-the-air power increases we’ve seen Tesla give its models over the years, we wouldn’t rule it out. 2,295kg is the weight figure for the factory car, and although most of this will come from the untouchable electric powertrain, we’re almost certain there will be some room to offer weight saving options through interior modification and wheels. Gearing will probably restrict the top speed to its 160mph factory figure, though increases of a few mph may be possible if the software can be cracked. 

Porsche states that the Taycan Turbo S can be launched 10 consecutive times without battery degradation, but better cooling, something John Hennessey has shown interest in, might improve on this. Quarter mile times are also a focus for the brand, so an improvement on the factory 10.8sec time will likely be on the agenda - stickier tyres, less weight and better cooling would all contribute.  

The brand will get its hands on a Taycan in early 2020, where it’ll examine every nut and bolt to determine just what’s possible.

Recommended

Lotus reveals new insight into its electric sports car platform
Lotus EV future plans
Lotus

Lotus reveals new insight into its electric sports car platform

Innovative and flexible platform to underpin Lotus’s 2026 EV sports car
21 Sep 2021
Porsche Mission R previews new one-make racer and Cayman successor
Porsche Mission R – front quarter
Porsche

Porsche Mission R previews new one-make racer and Cayman successor

A look ahead at the 718’s electrified replacement that will also spawn a new racing series
6 Sep 2021
Kia EV6 GT-Line S prototype review – the EV that shows how it’s done
Kia EV6 GT-Line S – front tracking
Kia EV6

Kia EV6 GT-Line S prototype review – the EV that shows how it’s done

A rounded and fundamentally sound electric car that’s distinctive without being off-putting
6 Sep 2021
Renault Megane E-Tech Electric revealed – new-generation electric car of the French variety
Renault Megane E-Tech Electric - front quarter
Renault

Renault Megane E-Tech Electric revealed – new-generation electric car of the French variety

Renault’s stylish new EV signals the birth of a new type of Megane, but the end of the Megane RS as we know it
6 Sep 2021

Most Popular

2022 BMW M3 Touring teased ahead of reveal
2022 BMW M3 Touring
BMW M3

2022 BMW M3 Touring teased ahead of reveal

BMW has released new images of its upcoming M3 Touring before it reaches customers next year
24 Sep 2021
Porsche 911 Carrera 4 GTS 2022 review – middle child 992 shapes up
Porsche 911 GTS review (992) – front cornering
Porsche 911 Carrera

Porsche 911 Carrera 4 GTS 2022 review – middle child 992 shapes up

Two and a half years after the launch of the 992, the GTS treatment both adds and subtracts but does the result gel on the road?
21 Sep 2021
Lotus Emira First Edition priced from £75,995 – production to commence in 2022
Lotus Emira
Lotus

Lotus Emira First Edition priced from £75,995 – production to commence in 2022

First examples of the new Lotus Emira will roll off the production line early next year, with the entry-level four-cylinder to follow
20 Sep 2021