There is a Guinness World Records title for the fastest speed of a vehicle indoors and, until recently, it was 138.4 km/h.
Pilot Leh Keen had to start his record-breaking attempt and end up inside the building’s space – there could be no initial launching lane, no safety net, no open door, and therefore no escape route. All strong reasons, therefore, for a record that had lasted for seven years.
However, Keen enthusiastically pursued his plan to break the record. He needed a car that would be safe in challenging conditions, one that is among the toughest acceleration and deceleration cars, and one that would trust his life to break the record safely. The car chosen to meet these criteria was the all-electric Taycan Turbo S, with four-wheel drive to maximize grip, powerful carbon-ceramic brakes, and the ability to accelerate to 100 km/h from the stop position in just 2, 8 seconds.
Selecting the right location was equally challenging, and the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana was eventually chosen. The convention center has the largest contiguous exhibition hall in the United States, ideal for the distance it offers. However, like many other closed facilities, the polished cement surface mimicked an icy track when driven at high speed.
Keen’s strategy was to build confidence gradually, with low-speed exploratory races. The road tires were preheated as a precaution.