Indeed, the creator of the brand, Ferdinand Porsche, is at the origin of the very first hybrid vehicle in history, the famous Lohner-Porsche, designed at the beginning of the 20th century. And with the rise of electromobility in recent years to the forefront of the automotive industry, Porsche has used all of its legitimacy and expertise to design high-performance and environmentally responsible vehicles.
However, it would be very bad to know Porsche to believe that the manufacturer would have stopped in such a good way. Not content with the success of its hybrid vehicles and the 100% electric Taycan range, here is Porsche coming to present its Mission R Concept study! It's very simple: this concept car designed in Zuffenhausen foreshadows the future of Porsche in racing in Quebec and elsewhere in the world!
Sublime and futuristic aesthetics, both inside and out
Porsche electric racing car intended to be used only on the track, the Porsche Mission R concept clearly shows its affiliation with its counterparts on the road, the Taycan. Headlights embedded in the end of the front fenders and futuristic light strip at the rear: no doubt about the lineage of the Mission R! However, with its ultra-low ground clearance, its movable spoiler that can either favor maximum speed or aerodynamic downforce in curves, its rear diffuser, and its gigantic slick tires, this is a real Porsche of competition and this is only confirmed by the very enveloping interior, with its carbon-covered arch and bucket seat.
The connection between the Taycan and Porsche Mission R, however, goes much deeper. Indeed, being a racing car derived from a production model, the Mission R uses parts of the Taycan. However, the Mission R still differs greatly from the production vehicle, especially in terms of the technical sheet. Unlike the Taycan which was designed as a sedan, the Mission R was designed as a rear mid-engined car even though there is no thermal unit behind the driver. However in real life, the Mission R has an axle motor, making it an all-wheel drive car. These, if they are derived from the Taycan again, have been extensively reviewed.
More solidity, more efficient cooling system, and much higher power (671 constant hp in the race, and up to 1073 hp in qualifying): with a weight of around 1,500 kilograms to move, the Mission R is capable of pulverize 0-100 km / h in 2.5 seconds, all for a top speed of over 300 km / h! The Taycan's two-speed transmission is replaced by a single-speed gearbox, which notably saves weight.
A battery offering a high level of autonomy and very short recharging times
Regarding the battery, the Mission R concept has an 80 kWh unit, enough autonomy to run between 30 and 40 minutes depending on the route. That's about the length of a GT3 Cup race now. In addition, the manufacturer ultimately hopes that the Mission R will perform at the same level as the current vehicles entered in the aforementioned event. Finally, to recharge the battery, the Mission R relies on a 900V architecture, also derived from that of the Taycan, which is 800V.
This allows, if the vehicle is plugged into a socket offering sufficient power, to recharge the Mission R battery from 5 to 80% in just 15 minutes! Recently unveiled at the Munich Motor Show, the Mission R is expected to begin development in 2022, ending in 4 to 5 years, after which it will kick off its racing career. For the rest of Porsche news or to discover the current new Porsche range, come to Porsche Quebec, your reference Porsche Dealer in Quebec City and its surroundings, including Ste-Foy and Trois-Rivières!