Porsche Mission R provides a glimpse of an electric one-make racing car that could debut by 2025 as well as hints the styling of the upcoming electric 718 Cayman. Porsche Motorsport and Porsche Style designed the new machine jointly. Carbon fibre roll cages are built directly into the bodywork of this concept car. The roll cages help to reduce both the weight of the car and the size, particularly in the roof space. Porsche hinted that if the car is launched as a production version, the roll cage will not be required, but the motorsport rules currently dictate that the cars must have steel roll cages.
Electric Powertrain Details:
At the show in Munich, the car is powered by Taycan technology and offers performance between a 911 GT3 Cup and GT3 R. The two-motor setup offers 611 hp in standard mode, and 1088 hp in the special qualifying mode. Its front engine produces up to 435 horsepower, while its rear engine produces 653 horsepower. Porsche claims the Mission R can hit 300kmph at the top speed, and sprint 0-100kmph in less than 2.5 seconds.
As opposed to the Taycan, the Mission R is equipped with a single gear due to rolling starts used in most privateer races, which eliminates the need to optimise acceleration from a standstill. It is equipped with an F1-style Drag Reduction System to counteract downforce, but since the car is intended for customer racing Porsche has twinned it with an adjustable front wing flap to help balance the stability of the car so that amateur drivers will have a more comfortable experience.
Battery and Charging Details:
A high-voltage battery powers the Mission R, which Porsche says should last around 40 minutes following charging. By utilizing a front axle energy recovery system, the size of the battery can be reduced. According to rumour, it harkens back to an earlier mid-engined design, with the fuel cell mounted in the place of the combustion engine. The company is targeting a total weight of 1,500kg for the car, which will be close to the weight of current customer racing cars.
The car is designed with 900V technology that enables charging up to 340kW. According to Porsche, the car can be charged from 5 percent to 80 percent in just 15 minutes.
The interior is based on the racing design with a single seat, a wheel, and a single control panel. Most of the vehicle’s accessories are housed in removable panels that replace the passenger seat. In addition, a special helmet holder and a cooling duct are built-in. Natural fibre reinforced plastic (NFRP) is used on the body of the car in order to increase its sustainability credentials.
This Porsche racing car is smaller than existing Porsche models, making it similar in size to the Cayman and Boxster. This model’s length is slightly shorter but is wider (1,990mm) and lower (1190mm) than the 718 Cayman series.
According to the company, this technology will help reduce dimensions and weight, making racing cars lighter and faster, but this is the first glimpse of electric models of those cars. It has not yet confirmed plans for electric 718 Boxster’s and Cayman’s, though we reported that Porsche is working on them along with existing combustion-engined versions.