Finally, The Porsche Mission R Concept gives us a glimpse of the future GT Racing Cars.
Porsche teased a mysterious new electric vehicle last month, which we assumed was a new Taycan model. When the German carmaker told us that the automobile was a concept that would provide a “spectacular peek into the future of motorsport,” we obtained further details on it.
Knowing this, it was evident that we shouldn’t expect something suited for public roads, but now that Porsche has revealed the idea, we could never have predicted how captivatingly unique this new machine would be.
The Porsche Mission R, shown today at the IAA Mobility show in Munich, is an electric racer, unlike anything you’ve ever seen.
It resembles a Porsche Taycan with a motorsport bent, and that’s exactly what it is: an electric two-door race vehicle.
The Mission R delivers up to 1,072 horsepower in its all-out attack mode, also known as qualifying mode, thanks to two freshly built electric motors.
The car can accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in under 2.5 seconds and reach speeds of over 186 mph when all four wheels are powered. The electric racer can reach “the same lap time performance as the current Porsche 911 GT3 Cup,” according to Porsche.
In race mode, a consistent power output of 670 horsepower is feasible, and the car has been designed to maintain battery output even when temperatures change. The front axle receives up to 429 horsepower, while the rear axle receives up to 643 horsepower.
The race car can recharge from 5% to 80% capacity in under 15 minutes thanks to superior 900-volt technology and Porsche Turbo Charging (which offers charging rates of up to 340 kW).
It’s just as stunning on the track, with Porsche Active Aerodynamics and a Drag Reduction System (DRS) on the nose and rear wing, the former including three louvers in each of the two front side intakes and the latter a two-section adjustable wing.
The body is built entirely of natural fiber reinforced plastic, the base of which originates from flax fibers that would otherwise be wasted by farmers, ensuring that sustainability extends beyond the engine. The front spoiler lip, diffuser, and side skirts, as well as the interior door panels, rear bulkhead, and seat, are all made of this material.
During races, a display between the steering wheel controls shows relevant statistics, while a monitor above the steering column displays imagery from the side- and rear-view cameras.
A touch display on the right side of the seat can be used to “bring up the driver’s biometric data,” and additional cameras in the cockpit have been added to enable online race broadcasting more immersive than ever.
The monocoque driver’s module also serves as an esports simulator, indicating that this car was designed with the virtual world in mind.
Finally, for optimal strength and safety, the safety structure of this automobile, which is somewhat shorter in length than the 718 Cayman, is built of carbon fiber composites.
The Mission R has a similar goal, previewing Porsche’s “first all-electric sports car model series to come,” according to Porsche.
The Mission E concept previewed what would eventually become the Taycan, and now the Mission R has a similar goal, previewing the brand’s “first all-electric sports car model series to come.” We can’t wait to get started.