Porsche is once again displaying extraordinary leadership and innovative strength within the electric vehicle market, this time turning to the competition track for the development of the all-electric Mission R.
The Mission R is truly a sight to behold, especially on the track. At the gate, its low-sitting stature draws attention to the smooth, yet strikingly aggressive facade of naturally-produced fibre-reinforced plastic, additionally used for the front spoiler lip, side skirts, and the diffuser. Just as sleek is the newly developed carbon roof structure, the “exoskeleton” safety cage and roof skin, pairing protection with visual pronunciation.
Of course, the Mission R wasn’t developed for idle gawking. At the jump, the vehicle’s all-electric powertrain propels into a blur of zero to 100 km/h in less than 2.5 seconds, with a top speed of over 300 km/h in Porsche’s qualifying driving mode. The vehicle’s battery cells produce a constant power output of 500 kW thanks to direct oil cooling and require a 15 minute break for charging to 80 per cent due to the 900-volt architecture and Porsche Turbo Charging.
With the battery cells sufficiently fuelled, the Mission R can send up to 320 kW of power to the electric motor in the front axle and a maximum of 480 kW to the rear for all-wheel drive contact. The super car additionally features innovative Porsche Active Aerodynamics, with Drag Reduction Systems on the rear wing and nose. At its peak track performance, the Mission R achieves the same lap time as its Porsche 911 GT3 Cup counterpart at its peak track performance.
“Porsche is the brand for people who fulfil their dreams. This is also true in motorsports. We experience our innovative strength on the race track, demonstrate courage in pursuing new avenues and delight car owners with sporting performance,” said Oliver Blume, Chairman of the Executive Board of Porsche AG. “In addition to our involvement in the Formula E World Championship, we are now taking the next big step forward in electric mobility. The concept study is our vision of all-electric customer motorsports. The Mission R embodies everything that makes Porsche strong: performance, design and sustainability.”
In addition to the body’s NFRP makeup, the Mission R’s cockpit receives much of the same sustainable material treatment, from the interior door panels to the rear bulkhead and seat. The remainder of the cabin is an ergonomic design for driver focus and control. A monitor above the steering wheel displays images from the side mirrors and central rear camera, while controls on the wheel feature race data. A touch display on the right feeds driver biometric data and numerous cameras within the cabin provide live streaming capabilities.