Porsche Unveils New Electric Racer

A sign of things to come — get behind the wheel of the Mission R concept.

By Terry Christodoulou 07/09/2021

A joint development between Porsche Motorsport and the Porsche Style Design Studio was unveiled overnight at the Munich Motorshow

The new machine – dubbed the Porsche Mission R concept – previews a future electric racer that could debut in 2025.

Taking the powertrain technology from the Taycan, and developed to offer performance that sits between a 911 GT3 and GT3 R, the twin motor set-up lands with two settings.

As standard 449kW is available from the electric engines, which can be dialled up to an eyebrow-raising 804kW for a ‘special qualifying mode’.

Porsche says that the Mission R has a top speed of 350km/h and can launch from 0-100km/h in less than 2.5 seconds.

Further, the German marque has utilised a single gear and an F1-style drag reduction system while still maintaining a two-stage rear wing and adjusting flaps on the front wing for added balance and stability.

Powered by a high-voltage 80-95kWh battery, Porsche estimates the model can achieve around 40 minutes of race time. A front axle energy recovery system is used to reduce the need for a larger battery size while 900V technology means fast DC charging at speeds of 340kW (with Porsche claims the car will be charged from 5% – 80% in just 15 minutes).

As it’s meant to be raced, Porsche has the car at a total weight of 1500kg – not bad for an EV  and similar to its current racing models.

The concept features a carbon fibre roll cage built directly into the bodywork and which reduces both the weight and size of the car.

Adding to the racy allure comes a single seat with wheel controls and single control panel.

Elevating the car’s green cred’ – much of the bodywork is made from a natural fibre reinforced plastic.

While Porsche is yet to confirm what will become of the Misson R concept, Porsche Motorsport GT chief Matthias Scholz has said projects such as this “are every time based on a street-legal car” — pointing to a production equivalent in the works.  We certainly hope.

Porsche.com

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