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Porsche claims another obscure world speed record

This time it’s 102.6 mph indoors

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Well, folks, Porsche has done it again, set a Guinness World Record in a category no one knew about, nor seemingly had an interest in.

This time it was for an indoor land speed record, which Porsche says was set by Leh Keen in an electric-powered Taycan Turbo S, which reached 102.6 mph recently inside the New Orleans Convention Center.

Porsche said the former indoor speed record was 86 mph.

On the run

This latest stunt follows Porsche’s claim for two other does-anyone-really-care records for the fastest run through a slalom course and another for most time in a continual drift.

“Even when circumstances mean that being indoors is the safe and, at times, unexciting option, racer Leh Keen recently found a way to make being indoors considerably less boring,” Porsche reports.

“Leh had to start his record attempt and finish it at a standstill, all within the space of the building – there could be no run up, no safety net and no doors open and therefore no escape route. For good reasons, therefore, the record has stood for seven years.”

The New Orleans convention center claims the largest contiguous exhibit hall in the US, more than 1 million square feet, though its polished concrete floor offers the traction of an ice rink when driven on at speed. 

Keen and the car

“I didn’t really appreciate the scale of the record attempt until my first exploratory run,” Porsche quotes Keen. “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.”

Fortunately, the Taycan has all-wheel drive. 

“Leh’s strategy was to build up slowly, with low speed exploratory runs,” Porsche said. “The stock street tires were preheated as a precaution. And, when it came to the record attempt, one run was all it took. 

“I did take a moment on the starting line – knowing I was going to have to go as fast as I could, and stop again, all before reaching the wall I was facing. It got my attention. 

“I used the car’s launch control and the Taycan just hooked up – the sensation of speed indoors, even in such a big space, is enormous – that wall rushed up fast,” Leh said. 

“I didn’t look down at my speed so it came as a surprise and a relief that I’d beaten the record, and by such a margin. It was a rush!”

Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

6 COMMENTS

  1. “This latest stunt follows Porsche’s claim for two other does-anyone-really-care records”
    Yes Larry, your story had the right tone but given your assessment of this as a nothing story, why did you bother to post it?

    • I’m not sure I think it’s a nothing story. It is a story, and obviously Porsche thinks it’s a big deal, because it put money into the effort and also sent out the news release. So it’s worth sharing with our readers, many of whom love their Porsches. I just hope they don’t try to set their own indoor speed records with them.

  2. Only Porsche.
    On a side note I think I just saw one of these Taycans today on my way home from work. It was coming out of an inner city parking garage in downtown Pittsburgh amid the 6” of snow we just got this week. I should hope he wasn’t trying to do 102 mph inside the parking garage!

  3. Saw Tanner Foust in his RallyCross Ford set that 86mph record years back on the American version of “Top Gear”.
    These things are just symptoms of the YouTube age. Most youngsters who are into this kind of thing don’t drive, don’t own cars, and believe “Forza” and other video games provide a real experience.
    Sigh. A sad day for Porsche. Mr. Foust also set a record in the Eisenhower Tunnel- in a McLaren. Porsche? You there?

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