Taycan it to the limit: Doing the electric slide at the Porsche Experience Center

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A day at the Porsche Experience Center shows off this EV's performance chops and the unique driving approach needed to maximize its abilities.
The best thing about the Taycan EV is that it genuinely feels like a Porsche. From its perfectly balanced chassis to its super-communicative steering to the fact that it's quick as hell, the Taycan is proof positive that electric vehicles and sports cars are not mutually exclusive.

To drive that point home, Porsche now offers a range of Taycan programs at its Experience Center locations in Atlanta, Georgia and Los Angeles, California. Owners and enthusiasts can sign up for individual high-performance driving classes with the Taycan 4S, Turbo or Turbo S, and Porsche even offers two back-to-back experiences, where you can drive a Taycan Turbo alongside gas-powered 911 Turbo or Panamera Turbo models. (A Taycan vs. 911 track day sounds interesting, doesn't it?)

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The Porsche Experience Center in Southern California opened in late 2016, located in the not-exactly-scenic city of Carson, just south of Los Angeles. (You can see it off the side of the 405 Freeway.) The 53-acre complex has everything from different track setups to dedicated off-road courses (Cayennes only, natch), as well as a motorsports workshop, customer delivery center, design consultation studio, driving simulator lab, meeting rooms and a full-service restaurant. It's a really cool place, and you don't have to sign up for a driving course to come hang out. The PEC is currently open with special COVID-19 precautions in place, so feel free to browse the cars in the atrium, grab a bite, sit on the patio and enjoy the view of schmucks like me getting schooled.

Most of the courses last about two hours (check out the PEC website to see the full course roster). Social distancing requirements are in full effect, so you meet your instructor briefly in the atrium before heading outside. Normally, the instructor would ride shotgun in the car with you, but the programs are done in a lead/follow style with walkie talkies now, where you and your teacher are in separate cars -- freshly…
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