Porsche, renowned for its lineage of exceptional hypercars, has added another awe-inspiring model to its legacy with the introduction of the Mission X concept. This cutting-edge, all-electric hypercar has the potential to become the fourth instalment in Porsche’s range of flagship EVs, following in the footsteps of the iconic 959, Carrera GT, and 918 Spyder.
The unveiling of the Mission X on the exact 75th anniversary of the first 356 ‘No. 1’ Roadster’s debut holds great significance for Porsche. While the Mission X is currently presented as a concept, Porsche emphasises that their concept cars have always served as the foundation for future innovations and breakthroughs.
Designed as a sleek two-seater, the Mission X boasts dimensions of approximately 4.5 metres in length and two metres in width, with a wheelbase of 2.73 meters. These proportions place it in the same size range as the Carrera GT and 918 Spyder, reinforcing its position as a true hypercar contender.
Porsche’s focus on aerodynamics is evident in the Mission X’s body design, aimed at generating exceptional downforce. The company aims to surpass the figures achieved by the current 911 GT3 RS. Although specific details regarding the powertrain are yet to be disclosed, Porsche’s goal is to achieve an impressive power-to-weight ratio of 1 brake horsepower per kilogram.
Charging speed is expected to surpass that of the Taycan Turbo S, thanks to a 900-volt system. While the battery size remains undisclosed, it will be conveniently positioned behind the seats. Employing carbon-fibre reinforced plastic extensively in the body construction ensures a reduction in weight, contributing to the car’s exceptional performance.
The Mission X concept is adorned with nostalgic references to classic Porsche models. Launching the car on the eve of the 2023 Le Mans 24-hour race, Porsche pays homage to its iconic 917 by incorporating doors that open forward and upward, reminiscent of the Le Mans-winning racer. Other design elements, such as the vertically-oriented headlights, draw inspiration from renowned Porsche racing cars like the 906 and 908.
The Mission X’s headlights possess an intriguing feature, as they open up when activated, resembling a blinking eye. The rear of the car showcases a full-length brake light, a distinctive trait shared with modern Porsches. Furthermore, the Mission X proudly displays Porsche’s new logo, which took three years to develop. This emblem graces the bonnet, steering wheel, and centre of the 20-inch front and 21-inch rear wheels.
Inside the Mission X, the Andalusia Brown leather upholstery harmonises elegantly with the Kalahari Grey accents. Carbon-fibre seats and six-point harnesses provide a secure and sporty seating experience, while the racing-inspired ‘open-top’ steering wheel incorporates mode switches and shift paddles.
Oliver Blume, Chairman of Porsche, expressed his enthusiasm for the Mission X concept, stating, “The Porsche Mission X is a technology beacon for the sports car of the future. It continues carrying the torch of iconic sports cars of decades past: like the Carrera GT, the 959, and the 918 Spyder.”
Porsche boldly claims that if the Mission X enters production, it will aim to set a new lap record at the Nurburgring, surpassing not only Tesla’s EV record achieved with the Model S Plaid but also the overall production car record set by the Mercedes-AMG One.
Porsche has a rich history of utilising the ‘Mission’ name for its groundbreaking concept cars. In 2015, the Mission E concept car made its debut, laying the foundation for the revolutionary Taycan. Building upon this success, Porsche showcased its remarkable capabilities in electric racing cars with the introduction of the Mission R in 2021.
While the production version of the Mission X is not expected to materialise in the near future, Porsche enthusiasts can eagerly anticipate the arrival of the Macan EV in 2024, followed by the Cayman EV. These upcoming pure-electric models further validate that Porsche has something extraordinary in store for its dedicated fan base.
Porsche’s unwavering commitment to pushing boundaries and exploring new frontiers is exemplified by the Mission X. As the latest addition to the esteemed lineage of Porsche concept cars, it exemplifies the brand’s dedication to innovation and sets the stage for an exciting future.
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