Porsche celebrates 75 years with the introduction of the Mission X hypercar
Porsche celebrated its 75th anniversary on Thursday with an exhilarating reveal: a battery-electric hypercar concept that, if enters production, might be the fastest road-legal vehicle ever to lap the legendary Nürburgring racetrack in Germany. At present, it's simply a design and technology study, but this will most likely serve as the foundation for Porsche's next hypercar, following in the footsteps of the 959, Carrera GT, and 918.
Porsche Mission X: Design and Body
The Mission X is a low-slung battery-electric hypercar that measures 4,496mm long, 1,999mm wide and has a 2,728mm wheelbase. These dimensions are comparable to the Porsche Carrera GT and 918 Spyder.
It's clearly visible that Porsche has dug into its history to take some design inspiration for the Mission X. Vertical lighting signature inspired by historic Porsche 906 and 908 racing cars while embracing current Porsche's four-point lighting visual identity. The Mission X boasts Le Mans-style doors that open forward and upward, a tribute to the Porsche 917 race car.
The Mission X is completed in 'Rocket Metallic', a sophisticated paint colour created just for the concept study. Below the beltline, design features in a carbon-weave finish may be found. Because these components are satin coated, they are subtly coloured.
The whole body of the Mission X is built of a carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) "exoskeleton." CFRP is a pricey yet lightweight material that contributes to great power-to-weight ratios.
Porsche Mission X: Powertrain and Battery
Porsche aims to take back its crown from Tesla as the fastest electric car around the "The Green Hell," aka Nürburgring Nordschleife. They've done a lot of clever engineering to accomplish these. The battery pack is situated in the centre of the car, behind the seats, providing the car with virtually the same mass distribution as the mid-engined race cars they've been producing for decades.
This means great agility, and by doing so rather than the more EV-traditional battery-as-skateboard-chassis design of typical EVs, they're able to reduce the overall car weight significantly. There's no news on actual power, but a 1:1 power-to-weight ratio is claimed. Notably, the Mission X has a 900-volt system design, which allows for even quicker charging.
Porsche Mission X: Interior
The interior is driver-focused, as seen by the asymmetrical design and colour accents. The "yoke" steering wheel has an open top for viewing, mode switches, and shift paddles, similar to racing wheels. The vehicle also has many cameras that the driver may utilize to record their laps around the circuit. There are also carbon seats, a six-point harness, and a dash-top stopwatch that can be removed.
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