Porsche has pulled the covers off the Mission E concept car, a 600bhp all-electric sports car
Porsche has shown the Mission E concept ahead of the Frankfurt motor show. This four-door, fully electric sportscar concept boasts some impressive performance figures thanks to technology borrowed from the Le Mans-winning 919 racer.
The 440kw output from the two motors – equating to around 600bhp – is enough to propel the Mission E concept from 0-62mph in 3.5secs. The real ground-breaking figure is the 500km range, as well as the fact the battery can be charged to around 80 per cent in just 15 minutes.
Porsche’s ‘Turbo Charging’ system features 800-volt electronic systems, which effectively doubles the voltage used in current electric car charging systems. It also sees the highly desirable introduction of wireless inductive charging.
With two permanent magnet synchronous motors on board, similar to those used on the 919 endurance racer. Power is sent to each of the four wheels, via Porsche’s torque vectoring system, which combines with rear-wheel steering for some serious handling capability. Porsche claims that the car is capable of a sub-eight minute Nurburgring lap time.
The concept is built with Porsche’s typical performance ethos in mind. It’s built from a mix of lightweight aluminium, high-tensile steel as well as carbon fibre reinforced polymer. The batteries are mounted low in the frame for the optimum weight distribution.
If the car did go into production, it would directly rival the Tesla Model S – the electric saloon model that has proven to be a moderate success.
While aspects of the external styling could potentially be seen on a future Porsche model, the interior is very much a styling concept. It’s full of clever tech, such as a curved OLED instrument display, as well as virtual mirrors.