The Porsche Taycan is not just any other Porsche. In fact, there has never been anything like it since Stuttgart. Of Classes you know why – it’s the first all-electric production vehicle to wear a Porsche badge, but with up to 751 horsepower (560 kilowatts) available, it’s far from boring. You know how it looks and how fast it can go, but do you know how it is built?
This detailed video recently published by WELT Documentary explains it, and when we say in depth that’s exactly what we mean. The clip is almost an hour long, and in addition to exploring the Taycan manufacturing center in Zuffenhausen, it is filled with the kind of obscure Taycan information that trivia lovers can’t get enough of. Did you know that the Taycan wiring harness contains nearly 22 miles (35.5 kilometers) of wire? Or that the Taycan has undergone 1,500 hours of wind tunnel testing? You will learn these little bits by watching the video, and much more.
You will also discover the factory itself, which is literally a factory located in a factory in the extensive Porsche factory in Zuffenhausen. It is an extremely automated three-story facility with numerous elevators, robots and approximately 300 employees. Much of the assembly of the Taycan body is handled exclusively by robots, people ignoring the equation before assembling the door. It’s the first assembling the doors before painting – the doors are then removed and assembled separately with glass and components, intended to remain separate until the final assembly of the Taycan.
Speaking of assembly, you will not find an assembly line in this factory, at least in the traditional sense. Elevators, cranes and automated robots move components from place to place instead of an ever-moving assembly line. The body and chassis are constructed separately, possibly meeting towards the end of the process where they are merged into a fully automated process. From there it goes to the final assembly where humans manage everything from fascias to LED lights and interior construction. The doors are finally installed for the last time; the car passes final final assembly and in a complete inspection area for in-depth control.
If you have about 50 minutes to spare, this is actually a very interesting overview of the Porsche manufacturing process for the Taycan. Even if you are not an engineering buff, there is a lot of cool content here to soak up.