Porsche aims for Nürburgring record with electric Mission X concept

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On the eve of the marque’s 75th birthday, Porsche has announced its latest concept study, a reinterpretation of the hypercar. The Mission X is a dramatic-looking two-seater, with Le Mans-style doors that open upwards to the front and a high-performance, efficient electric powertrain.
Measuring approximately 4.5 metres long and two metres wide, the Mission X concept study is a relatively compact hypercar. With a wheelbase of 2.73 metres, it has the dimensions of the Carrera GT and 918 Spyder. The low-slung bodywork, which is less than 1.2 metres tall, is finished in Rocket Metallic – an elegant paint colour specially designed for the concept study. Design elements in a carbon-weave finish are found below the beltline. These components are varnished in a satin finish and are therefore slightly coloured, but their material structure remains recognisable.

A lightweight glass dome with an exoskeleton made of carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic extends over both occupants. The Le Mans-style doors are attached to the A-pillar and the roof; they open forwards and upwards. This type of door was previously used on the legendary Porsche 917 racing car. For aerodynamic purposes, the car has mixed-size tyres, with 20-inch wheels at the front and 21-inch wheels at the rear. The battery is installed centrally behind the vehicle’s seats. This ‘e-core layout’ centres the mass in the car. As with a conventionally powered mid-engined car, this provides the basis for excellent agility. significantly improved charging performance with its 900-volt system architecture and charge roughly twice as quickly as Porsche’s current frontrunner, the Taycan Turbo S.

“The Porsche Mission X is a technology beacon for the sports car of the future,” said Oliver Blume, Chairman of the Executive Board of Porsche AG. “It picks up the torch of iconic sports cars of decades past: like the 959, the Carrera GT and the 918 Spyder before it, the Mission X provides critical impetus for the evolutionary development of future vehicle concepts.”

Porsche is a pioneer in sustainable mobility while also exemplifying e-performance. Should the Mission X go into series production the brand is aiming for it to have a power-to-weight ratio of roughly one PS per kilogram and be the fastest road-legal vehicle around the Nürburgring Nordschleife.

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Wesley Doyle is editor of Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Technology International and Stadia. He has over two-decades experience in publishing during which time he has worked at some of the UK’s leading consumer magazine titles in the health and fitness and sport sectors. Wesley is also passionate about cycling and interested in alternative technologies, particularly in transportation, to achieve net zero.

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