Porsche Mission E Electric Concept Rocks Frankfurt
Porsche stole the Frankfurt Motor Show last night with the surprise announcement of its first battery-powered four-seat concept car – the Mission E. The prototype is the brand’s first long-awaited all-electric sports car, wrapped in a ground breaking package that is both reminiscent of the 911, while also hinting at what the next generation Panamera may look like.
Revealed at the VW Group night, a traditional pre-motor show gathering of journalists and guests, the all-electrically powered sports car boasts a staggering 600hp, is capable of covering 300-miles on a single charge, and completes the 0-62mph dash in just 3.5-seconds. That’s just shy of a current 911 Turbo!
Using what it has learnt racing the 919 Hybrid prototype sports car in the World Endurance Championship, and while building its 918 Spyder road car, Porsche has taken the concepts of both cars one (large) step further with the Mission E. Four-wheel drive and four-wheel steer are just a couple of the advents in action here. Like its Le Mans winning descendant, the Mission E runs two permanent magnet synchronous motors that drive the car and harvest braking energy.
The Mission E is practical too, able to charge to 80% of its maximum capacity in just 15-minutes flat, that’s twice the speed of any electric vehicle currently available. How? It debuts innovative 800-volt technology (double that of today’s electric vehicles) lowering the car’s overall weight while also resulting in shorter charging times. The all-new platform comprises a chassis and body crafted from aluminium, steel and carbon, its styling mixes existing Porsche themes with futuristic design cues providing a hint at future Porsche aesthetics. Inside the Mission E cabin employs holographic technology with app functions controlled by occupant gestures.
Porsche has simulated a lap time for the Mission E around the Nürburgring Nordschleife, it’s sub 8 minutes. Suffice to say a company like Porsche does not make such claims without the confidence to back it up. Wolfgang Hatz said of the Mission E: “We always said that when we do an electric car, it would be a true sportscar,” there’s no reason to expect anything less from the driveability of this concept.
The Mission E sends a clear message to both Tesla and BMW – Porsche is coming for you.