Porsche has shown ‘Mission’ concept cars before, and those have usually gone on to spawn production versions. The Porsche Mission R Concept is the latest in this series and it was unveiled at the IAA show taking place in Munich at the moment.
Crystal ball gazing
Porsche press material says it provides a spectacular look into the automotive future with the reveal of the Mission R concept car. The futuristic-looking racer combines sustainable materials, such as natural fibre-reinforced plastics, with a passion for racing. At 4 326 mm, the Porsche Mission R is slightly shorter than the current Cayman, but it is wider at 1 990 mm, with an external height of 1 190 mm.
“Porsche is the brand for people who fulfil their dreams. This is also true in motorsports. We experience our innovative strength on the racetrack, demonstrate courage in pursuing new avenues and delight car owners with sporting performance,” says Oliver Blume, chairman of the executive board of Porsche AG. “In addition to our involvement in the Formula E World Championship, we are now taking the next big step forward in electric mobility. The concept study is our vision of all-electric customer motorsports. The Mission R embodies everything that makes Porsche strong: performance, design and sustainability.”
Plenty of power
Of course, a racecar needs plenty of power and in that regard the Porsche Mission R Concept features a completely electric powertrain. Two newly developed electric motors deliver a peak of up to 800 kW, to both axles, in what Porsche calls ‘qualifying mode’. A more sedate 500 kW is on tap in ‘race mode’.
This power output endows the electric racer with an acceleration time of less than 2,5 seconds from 0-100 km/h. It has a top speed of more than 300 km/h. Porche says that the concept racer can achieve the same lap time performance as the current Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (read more about the latest GT3 Cup car here). The concept racecar features Porsche Active Aerodynamics (PAA) with Drag Reduction System (DRS) on the nose section and rear wing.
Porsche has focused on CO2 reduction and sustainability in other areas of the car’s make-up as well. Natural fibre reinforced plastic (NFRP), made from flax fibres obtained from farming has been used for constructing the front spoiler lip, the diffuser and the side skirts. NFRP is also extensively used in the interior of the Mission R, such as the interior door panels, the rear bulkhead and the seat.