The Porsche Mission X dreams of a faster electric sports car future

by The Insights

Porsche kicked off its 75th anniversary on Thursday with an electrifying reveal: a battery-electric concept hypercar that the automaker has described as a “technological beacon for the sports car of the future.”

For Porsche, that means more than splashy details like an “E” on the rear that lights up and vibrates when charging – although that’s actually on this concept. Porsche is aiming for a futuristic, technology-centric and fast sports car evolution while integrating with its predecessors.

Nuts and bolts

Porsche MissionX

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The Mission X is a low-slung battery electric hypercar that measures approximately 177 inches long and 78.7 inches wide and has a wheelbase of 107.4 inches. These dimensions are in line with the Porsche Carrera GT and the 918 Spyder. The offset tires – 20-inch wheels up front and 21-inch wheels in the rear – not only improve aerodynamics, but also make the Mission X feel like it’s ready to pounce as soon as the driver accelerates.

A nod to the Porsche 917 race car, the Mission X has Le Mans-style doors, which open forward and up. A “metallic rocket” paint, varnished components in a satin finish and touches of carbon weave complete the look. The company has also given its iconic crest a modern look that includes a “refreshed” heraldic beast and a more subtle gold color.

refreshed porsche crest missionx

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However, Porsche has gone beyond window decoration. The rear axle features near-transparent airfoils, which are designed like turbines for better brake cooling, and a lightweight glass dome with a carbon fiber-reinforced plastic exoskeleton spans the two occupants, according to the Company.

Notably, the Mission X is equipped with a 900-volt system architecture, enabling even faster charging.

Inspired by motorsport

Picture credits: Porsche

Porsche takes the motorsport theme in the Mission X right through to the interior, which features six-point seat belts and an open-top steering wheel, complete with mode switches and paddle shifters. The vehicle is also equipped with several cameras, which the driver can use to record his races on the track.

That track credibility matters to Porsche. While Porsche hasn’t announced Mission X will go into production, the company has outlined what the hypercar should be capable of. whether it has arrived on the market. The company said that as a production vehicle it should be the fastest road-legal vehicle around the Nürburgring Nordschleife and have a power-to-weight ratio of around one PS per kilogram, downforce values far superior to those provided by the current 911. GT3RS. (The Mercedes-AMG One is the current record holder at 6:35.183 minutes on the full 12.9-mile track)

Oh, and it should charge about twice as fast as the Taycan Turbo S, which currently powers from 5 per cent to 80 per cent in around 22 minutes.

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