Audi Lends Porsche Staff to Build Taycan

Is the relationship between Porsche and Audi the sweetest in automobiledom? When they aren’t racing against each other, teasing back and forth the whole way, they’re sharing parts and staff to make better products. Following in the great tradition of the RS2 and other, Audi is now lending Porsche staff to build Taycans.

Automobilwoche.de reports that high demand for Porsche’s electric Panamera-type thing is so strong that they can’t keep up with production demands. And Audi is pitching in, sending the Stuttgarters 400 of their employees from Neckarsulm for two years.

The first of the employees went to Porsche’s Zuffenhausen plant in June and more are set to head over as fast as external demands allow.

The Taycan has been in production for about a year, but demand outpaced Porsche’s estimates before production had even begun. The company hired 500 employees to try to keep up but it seems they’ll need more.

“We are currently producing more than 150 Taycans a day,” a Porsche spokesman told Automobilwoche. “We are still in the ramp-up phase.”

As you might expect, high demand isn’t the only reason Porsche is having trouble keeping up with production. The global pandemic has also added its own set of difficulties to production. That not only means employees from Audi are crossing Germany, but that the Taycan Cross Turismo has been delayed.

When their stint at Porsche is done, the workers will return to Neckarsulm where their experience on an EV platform will doubtless come in handy.