Marquette County, Michigan – Porsche sets a new world record with the help of the Upper Peninsula mine.
The German automaker announced Tuesday that the Taycan Cross Turismo has entered the Guinness Book of Records after setting a new standard for the largest change in elevation ever achieved by an electric vehicle — 15,889 feet, or just over three miles.
To achieve this feat, creative producer JF Musial and his team have traveled from the lowest point they can reach in America by car, to one of the highest peaks of Pikes Peak at 14,115 feet in Colorado.
It started as ‘what if?’ – A passion project that mixes our love of cars with travel and does it to the extremes.” “We wanted to drive from America’s lowest point to its highest, Pikes Peak – where we spent countless hours filming the famous hill climb. The project relied on a lot of goodwill, and on a vehicle that is so unique in its mix of capabilities.”
And while America’s lowest point was the Badwater Basin in Death Valley, 282 feet below sea level, the team vowed to go deeper. To do this, they recruited employees and operators for the Eagle Mine on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.
The high-grade nickel-copper mine in Marquette County is the only mine in America where a vehicle can be driven deep enough, down a slope typically used by specialized mining vehicles.
Because the Taycan Cross Turismo is a purely electric off-road vehicle with its high altitude and all-wheel drive, it met Eagle Mine criteria to allow it to be driven through the gate and into the tunnel itself.
After rigorous safety training, the team was granted access to the bottom of the excavation – 1,774 feet below sea level.
“It was fitting that the Porsche Taycan engine was at the bottom of our nickel and copper mine, as both components are essential to electric vehicles,” said Darby Stacey, managing director of Eagle Mine. “After numerous risk assessments, safety discussions and detailed planning, our mining team has risen to the challenge. We are proud to work with Porsche to implement and safely complete a new world record.”
With its precise depth measured and verified by specialist surveyors, the team emerged from the mine just after dawn and began their relentless 1,413-mile journey across six states to gain altitude and finish at Pikes Peak.
In total, three groups of drivers worked side by side to handle driving duties for the 35-hour 48-minute flight from Michigan to Colorado.
They’ve run the full try through the book, with separate, sealed GPS devices that monitor their path and altitude throughout, along with an analog altimeter and witness records to meet Guinness World Records requirements.
“You can plan for months, make a very detailed schedule, but at the end of the day it always comes down to execution and the weather,” Musial said. “I couldn’t be more proud of our team’s efforts. Weather – that was a different story. I’ve always been told that the mountain decides whether to let you get to the top. Despite the snowstorm coming, we got lucky and found a small 45-minute window to get in.” To the top – the mountain allows us to get that record.”
“It was among the hardest things I’ve ever done, but I think that’s why it’s a record,” he continued. “Thank you to the teams at Eagle Mine and Pikes Peak, and at Guinness World Records, for their support of what started as a daydream and ended up being something neither of us will ever forget. Now, I need to sleep for a week…”
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