Porsche gave itself a gift for its 75th birthday: the Mission X. The near-series study is intended to provide an outlook on an electric hyper athlete that is to become the legitimate successor to the Porsche 918 Spyder.
In recent years, there has been a lot of growth in super sports cars: Ferrari La Ferrari, McLaren P1, Lamborghini Aventador and most recently the electric power couple Pininfarina Battista and Rimac Nevera. One name is missing from the list, because after the Porsche 918 Spyder presented in 2013, the sports car brand from Zuffenhausen no longer offered anything species-appropriate above its 911. Now the fans can breathe a sigh of relief, because with the Mission X, the Swabians are giving a near-series preview of a new hyper sports car that is intended to be the fastest road-legal vehicle on the Nürburgring’s Nordschleife. “The Porsche Mission X is a technology beacon for the sports car of the future. In doing so, it ties in with the sports car icons of earlier decades: like the 959, Carrera GT and 918 Spyder before it, the Mission X provides decisive impetus for the further development of future vehicle concepts,” says Oliver Blume, CEO of Porsche AG. “For us, daring dreams and dream cars belong together: Porsche has always remained Porsche just because Porsche has changed over and over again.”
Hardly anything is known about exact performance data. However, the production model following the Mission X is said to have a power-to-weight ratio of around one hp per kilogram and, with an output of well over 1,000 hp, achieve downforce values that are significantly higher than those of the current Porsche 911 GT3 RS. A 900-volt on-board network should allow the 4.50-meter-long electric flounder to be charged twice as fast as the current Porsche Taycan, which is already gaining strength faster than most of its competitors with up to 270 kilowatts. Similar to mid-engine sports cars, the central drive element in the Mission X is installed centrally behind the passenger cell. In this case, however, it is not an eight or ten-cylinder engine, as was once the case with the Porsche Carrera GT or 918 Spyder, but the powerful battery pack that supplies the motors on the front and rear axles with the energy they need. The bolide rolls on 20-inch wheels at the front and on mighty 21-inch wheels at the back.
In addition to the emphatically organically drawn silhouette, the vertical LED light signature at the front and the continuous light band at the rear are unusual. In the interior of the hyper sports car, which is only 1.20 meters high, the two carbon fiber seat shells are integrated into the monocoque. The electric racer is steered via a flat steering wheel that opens upwards, while a narrow digital unit transmits the most important information to the driver. Porsche gave itself the Mission X for its 75th birthday; now the fans of the sports car manufacturer will have to be patient until they can also present themselves with the production model of the one-off.
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