Porsche is joining the electric vehicle supercar revolution, starting with the new Mission R concept. Porsche has announced the futuristic new vehicle just ahead of the IAA MOBILITY 2021 in Munich this week. Some people are suggesting the Mission R could be a future EV version of the Porsche 718 Cayman. A luxury EV supercar with a focus on racing? Yes, please.
The Porsche Mission R concept is a fully-electric car for racing
In a recent press release, Porsche calls the Mission R concept study a combination of the latest technology and sustainability. The Mission R is a new electric vehicle and a technological feat focused on a passion for racing. The Mission R EV offers two motors producing 1,088 hp (800 kW) in “qualifying mode,” the brand says. The battery capacity is 80 kWh.
“Porsche is the brand for people who make their dreams come true. This also applies to motorsport. We live our innovative strength on the racetrack, show courage for new paths and inspire with sporty performance… The Mission R embodies everything that makes Porsche strong: performance, design and sustainability.”Oliver Blume | CEO of Porsche AG
Porsche has also found itself involved in the Formula E World Championship, which works well for these new concepts. The brand notes that customer-based motorsports are a large part of the audience, and the Mission R answers fans’ questions. With vehicles like the Porsche 911 GT3 participating in its own 911 GT3 Cup, it makes sense to include a car like this in the future lineup.
Since the vehicle is still being called a concept study, it isn’t likely this Porsche EV will hit the streets. However, a version of it might come to fruition in a few years.
Porsche Mission R specs, size, and new technology
The Porsche Mission R offers four-wheel drive and 1,088 hp in qualifying mode. The 0-60 mph time is less than 2.5 seconds, and it has a top speed of over 186 mph (300 km / h). Porsche says this is equivalent to the current lap times at the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup. This is possible due to the new innovative direct oil cooling process on the electric motors and battery cells.
The automaker says that the Mission R has a constant output while in racing mode. One process, called “derating,” refers to a loss in performance due to a higher temperature. The new EV has individual motors to control the front and rear axels.
The new 900V battery can charge from around 5% to 80% SoC (state of charge) in 15 minutes. The fast charging is due to the new Porsche TurboCharging process. In addition to this, the Mission R has Porsche Active Aerodynamics (PAA) with Drag Reduction System (DRS) for added aerodynamics.
Is this a future EV version of the 718 Cayman?
There is a display screen to show the driver data during racing. Cameras inside the interior of the vehicle offer ways to make live streaming easier. Porsche says that the interior of the Mission R is also available as an e-sport simulator.
If you can’t quite picture the size of the Mission R, it is shorter than the current Porsche 718 Cayman. However, it is quite a bit wider and flatter. It is under four feet tall and six and a half feet wide. Is the Mission R is an electric answer to the 718 Cayman? It appears it could work out that way in the future.
The Porsche Taycan and Taycan Cross Turismo were both concept studies that launched successfully on the market. In addition, Porsche found success in the Mission E and Mission E Cross Turismo concept studies. The luxury automaker says that the Mission R is a “vision of the customer motorsport of the future.” Porsche will likely have a massive group of fans lining up if something like this can hit the market within a few years.