Worth The Hype? This Porsche EV Could Be The Fastest Road-Legal Car Ever
Porsche takes aim at the Nürburgring Nordschleife record, with the Mission X concept representing the 918 Spyder’s successor.
Porsche wants its record back and it’s going electric to get it. The new Porsche Mission X concept aims to be the fastest road-legal car on the Nürburgring Nordschleife, an accolade currently held by the Mercedes-AMG One as of November 2022.
It also aims to have a power-to-weight ratio of roughly one PS per kilogram, more downforce than the current 911 GT3 RS, and charge roughly twice as quickly as the Taycan Turbo S.
Billed as the successor to the 918 Spyder, the Mission X concept represents the German marque’s transition from internal combustion to hybrid to electric in its flagship models.
The newcomer adopts the dimensions of the Carrera GT and 918 Spyder before it, with a wheelbase of 2.73m and mixed sized tyres; 20-inch at the front and 21-inch at the rear—the latter are also fitted with translucent aeroblades, designed to improve brake cooling. Lying low to the ground, at 1.2 metres tall, it’s a full 10cm lower than the current-gen 911.
Where most contemporary EVs have their batteries installed under the floor—which increases stability but adds excess weight over the entirety of the vehicle—the Mission X opts to place the battery behind the vehicle’s seats. In line with protocol for mid-engine hypercars, this works to centre the mass in the car.
The concept also marks the first Porsche to feature an all-carbon-fibre construction. Balancing modern aerodynamics with classic beauty, the Mission X is laden with striking details. Le Mans-style doors (opening forwards and upwards) are attached to the A-pillar and the roof, a detail borrowed from the iconic 917 racing car; while the classic Porsche four-point graphic is reinterpreted on the vertically mounted headlights, which blink like eyes.
On the rear, illuminated Porsche lettering appears to hover over the support structure. In a nod to its electric powertrain, the ‘e’ of Porsche pulsates while charging. The Mission X also bears the contemporised Porsche badge. Rendered in brushed precious metal, it’s defined by a three-dimensional honeycomb structure and bears an updated rearing horse.
Inside, the focus is on the driver, with an asymmetrical colour treatment demarcating the driver’s and passenger’s seats (lest the steering wheel wasn’t enough to clarify who sits where)—the former features Kalahari Grey which sets it apart from the overarching Andalusia Brown scheme.
Crafted from carbon-fibre reinforced polymer, the seat shells and their six-point seatbelts are integrated into the monocoque, while the open-top steering wheel further nods to a motorsport setup. Oddly, the steering wheel of this electric car also features shift paddles. We’re yet to ascertain the logic behind this.
A clock on the passenger side is designed for racetrack and rally use. With both analogue and digital displays, it can time laps or display driver data.
Here’s hoping we see the potentially record-breaking Mission X (paddles and all) go from concept to production.
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