Porsche’s recently unveiled Mission R Concept previews electric race cars of future
Porsche, one of the largest and most traditional sports car manufacturers in the world, has embarked on the path to gradually electrify the whole of its lineup, and the recently unveiled “Mission R” concept represents its vision for zero-emission races in the future.
Built from sustainable materials, the fully-electric high-performance Mission R concept is making its debut at the IAA automobile exposition in Munich. The Stuttgart-headquartered sports car maker has even hinted about a potential one-model race car series in the future, though no fixed plans have been revealed yet.
The Mission R is powered by powerful electric motors that deliver a combined peak output of 1,073 hp (800 kilowatts), which is enough to allow the all-wheel-drive (AWD) car to sprint from a standstill to 62 miles per hour or 0-100 kilometers per hour in merely 2.5 seconds. Its top speed has been pegged at 186 mph (300 km/h).
The above mentioned maximum power of the electric Mission R is a peak figure. The manufacturer explains that it can generate a constant power of 680 hp (500 kW). According to the manufacturer’s claims, the concept car’s track performance easily matches that of the Porsche 911 GT3, which comes equipped with conventional internal combustion engine.
The sports car concept also boasts advanced 900-volt technology that promises up to 75 per cent of recharging of its oil-cooled battery in merely 15 minutes. The hardcore exterior design has active aerodynamic components, which include three louvers in both sides’ air intakes and an adaptable, two-section rear wing.
The body of the next-generation electric sports car has been made from natural fiber reinforced plastic (NFRP), and this material has been largely used in the interior of the vehicle as well. The car’s safety structure is made of carbon fiber composite material to ensure highest possible protection for the driver.
In terms of size, it is slightly smaller than the existing 718 Cayman race car. According to information released by the manufacturer, the full-electric Mission R race car concept is merely 1,190 millimeters in height, 4,326 mm in length, and 1,990 mm in width.
Unveiling the Mission R at the IAA in Munich, Porsche made it clear that currently it has no plans to bring this particular electric concept car to production. However, a very similar electric sports car, equipped with technical specs seen in the Mission R, can come to the market in the near future.
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