Discover the Porsche Mission R electric racing car

Porsche’s rich racing heritage and accompanying emotional connection to motorsport have appealed to all generations of performance car enthusiasts, whether for style, prestige or simply the sound of a six engine. raw flat cylinders.

Times are changing, however. Electrification is the future of the automobile, and Porsche knows it. Yet he’s committed to maintaining the visceral attachment to his cars that fans have had for decades by committing to both performance and luxury – and what better way to do that than with a genuine car from fully electric GT racing?

Last week at the IAA Mobility Auto Show in Munich, Porsche revealed a secret project it has been working on for some time: the Mission R.

The race-ready concept is a glimpse of the spirit that Porsche thinks its next purpose-built EV race cars will embody. (The closest analogue to this battery-powered concept car is the automaker’s track-dedicated champion, the 911 GT3 Cup.) For the Mission R, this philosophy begins with the two electric motors placed on the front wheels and back.

In qualifying mode, the Mission R develops 1,073 horsepower, or 429 horsepower on the front axle and 644 horsepower on the rear. This insane power helps the race car accelerate from zero to 60 miles per hour in less than 2.5 seconds. And if the throttle is held down on the ground, the Mission R can reach a top speed of 186 MPH.

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This extreme power is, in part, attributed to Porsche’s all-new “permanently excited synchronous machines”, as Porsche describes its next-generation electric motors. Porsche said that the most innovative feature of these motors is the direct cooling of the stator – the fixed magnetic poles that run along the outside of the rotors. A traditional EV cools the motor by circulating coolant through a surrounding jacket, but Porsche’s method is to circulate coolant directly around the copper windings, which is significantly more efficient at removing heat . Combined with direct battery oil cooling, the combo is meant to withstand the abuse the vehicle will face on race day.

For longer periods of racing, Porsche offers a slightly less powerful Race mode that trades full power for longer lasting output. Still, 671 horsepower is enough to sprint down a track for up to 40 minutes with its large 82 kilowatt-hour battery.

When the battery is depleted, riders just need a short break to bring the car back to a usable charge. The Mission R’s incredible 900-volt system allows the car to charge from zero to 80% in just 15 minutes using a 350kW fast charger.

Porsche knew that its latest race car couldn’t just be fast, it also had to be nimble. Batteries are often the heaviest component in an electric car, and the Mission R has plenty to sustain a long run between charges. Even so, the Mission R tipped the scales at a lean 3,300 pounds, about the weight of a modern Toyota Camry. (Meanwhile, the GT3 Cup weighs around 2,600 pounds.)

To reduce weight, Porsche focused on using lightweight composite materials wherever possible. Rather than an all hardened steel roll cage, German engineers decided to use carbon fiber to form an exoskeleton that extends to the outside of the car. Many exterior plastics have been formed using Natural Fiber Reinforced Plastics (NFRP), a material derived from renewable flax fibers obtained from agriculture. Porsche claims that NFRP is even more environmentally friendly than carbon fiber since the production of the material generates 85% less carbon dioxide.

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Speaking of bodywork, the Mission R is quite eye-catching. Its aggressive appearance is complemented by a huge spoiler and wide rear haunches, as well as the exposed exoskeleton stealthily from the top to form the roof itself. It also packs a fair amount of downforce-enhancing aerodynamics by placing dynamically actuated louvers at the front of the car, a two-section adjustable spoiler at the rear, and carbon aeroblades on the wheels.

The interior of the car is also quite a sight. Its futuristic appearance is complemented by a number of screens, dedicated buttons and boldly colored red and yellow materials. Exposed carbon fiber and NFRP strands are also seen throughout the car’s interior. Additionally, the 3D printed seat is formed on the driver’s body.

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Porsche believes the future of motorsport is directly linked to esports, which means connecting with fans is more important than ever. To make it more personal, the automaker has integrated cameras all over the Mission R. There’s a mobile one on the A-pillar, a rear-facing camera on the dashboard and on the driver’s helmet, of course. safe. All of these cameras can even be streamed to fans via a dedicated live stream button on the steering wheel, “just like gamers would on platforms like Twitch,” according to at Porsche.

The steering wheel, which seems straight out of a racing simulator, is also connected. Biometric sensors built into the controls help detect a driver’s heart rate. So when he rushes past an opponent or narrowly misses a crash, that data can be translated into something visible to fans.

For now, the Mission R is just a concept, but it may not stay that way for long. (While it physically exists, you can’t buy one from Porsche.) However, it could one day lead to a future product in Porsche’s pipeline, as the company has historically turned its “Mission” cars into very real.

The Mission E, for example, became the Porsche Taycan, and the Mission E Cross Turismo became – you guessed it – the Taycan Cross Turismo. It’s possible the Mission R will one day become an electrified version of the 911 GT3 Cup, or perhaps bleed its technology into Porsche’s high-performance road cars in the future.

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