Ladies and gentlemen, start your (electric) engine. Long known for its dominance in racing, Porsche aims to shake up motorsport with the electric Mission R concept. Breaking cover at Germany’s first IAA Mobility Show to be held in Munich (instead of Frankfurt), the Mission R is seen as a potential progression to the iconic 911 GT3 Cup car and aims to bring electric racing into the mainstream. “We are now taking the next big step in electric mobility,” said Porsche CEO Oliver Bloom. “Mission R embodies everything that makes Porsche strong: performance, design and sustainability.”
The Mission R benefits from all-wheel drive controls, with a 480 kW motor at the rear and a 320 kW motor at the front. Combined, the two power plants deliver up to about 1,090 hp, which is more than twice the power of the current 510 hp Porsche GT3 cup car based on the current-generation 911. With that mass production, the Mission R is claimed to be able to accelerate. Quietly from zero to 62 mph in 2.5 seconds.
Horsepower is only part of the equation, though, and while the car’s weight hasn’t been disclosed, we think the Mission R’s battery pack is pretty heavy, which is most likely what Porsche says is the new electric concept. The lap time corresponds to the current GT3 Cup car. A 900-volt charging system can bring a vehicle’s stored energy from 5 percent to 80 percent capacity in 15 minutes, which is fantastic for a road trip, but still painfully long for a pit stop in competition.
Porsche isn’t exactly new to electrification. Ferdinand Porsche introduced the Lohner-Porsche electromobile at the Exposition Universale in Paris in 1900. Most recently, his namesake marque unveiled the plug-in hybrid 918 Spyder supercar in 2014, and the mild-hybrid Le Mans prototype racer that debuted around the same time. and competed through four seasons. Porsche also campaigned in Formula E’s 2019–20 season, putting more muscle behind a series, which is still dismissed by many fans who think the ability to enjoy a race with a straight gas engine. K is related to the decibel level and the amount of exhaust. along the way.
To emphasize its drive for sustainability, Porsche created the Mission R concept from a plastic reinforced by natural fibers from hemp plants, which is used for the rear diffuser, front spoiler lip, side skirts, interior door panels and seats. But, it is done. And given the growing popularity of virtual racing, Mission R’s monocoque doubles up as an e-sports simulator.
While no specific announcements have been made about whether (or when) the Mission R will become an actual race car, it’s no secret that Porsche will continue to push towards electrification. With the success of the Taycan and rumors that the next Boxster/Cayman will be plug-in only, it’s not hard to imagine that you’ll see—but not hear—some form of Mission R at a race track near you.
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