Porsche has unveiled an electrifying glimpse into the automotive future with the Mission R concept car, aligning perfectly with the commencement of the IAA MOBILITY 2021 in Munich, slated from September 7th to 12th. This visionary model seamlessly marries cutting-edge technologies and sustainable materials, like natural fiber-reinforced plastics, with a fervor for racing. Exuding a fusion of innovation and design, the low-profile, all-electric race car embodies the iconic aesthetics of Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen's sports cars.
Housed within the Mission R are two groundbreaking electric motors, which, when engaged in qualifying mode, collectively unleash a formidable 800 kW (1,088 PS) of power. Bolstered by an approximately 80 kWh battery and an ingenious recuperation system, the car boasts unyielding sprint racing capabilities without any compromise in output.
Oliver Blume, Porsche AG's Chairman of the Executive Board, underscores the brand's dedication to making dreams come true, not just in the realm of vehicles but also in motorsports. He notes that Porsche's spirit of innovation is evident on the track, displaying both audacity in charting novel paths and a commitment to offering exhilarating performance to car enthusiasts.
The Mission R's significance lies in shaping the forthcoming landscape of all-electric customer motorsports. Porsche's long-standing affinity for one-make cup series, marked by more than 31 years of the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland, culminating in over 4,400 Weissach-made Cup cars, sets the foundation. The Mission R envisions the evolution of these competitions, introducing all-electric vehicles that promise both the speed and reliability synonymous with Porsche.
Performance-wise, the all-wheel-drive Mission R is a powerhouse, achieving sub-2.5-second acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in qualifying mode and topping out at speeds exceeding 300 km/h. Its performance on the track mirrors that of the current Porsche 911 GT3 Cup. Thanks to groundbreaking innovations, including direct oil cooling, the Mission R maintains a steady power output of 500 kW (680 PS) in race mode, with an electric motor of up to 320 kW (435 PS) at the front axle and a maximum of 480 kW (653 PS) at the rear.
Charging the Mission R is a breeze, facilitated by its 900-volt technology and Porsche Turbo Charging, allowing for 5 to 80 percent state of charge (SoC) in just 15 minutes. The vehicle also integrates Porsche Active Aerodynamics with a Drag Reduction System, enhancing its aerodynamic performance on the track.
The car's emphasis on sustainability extends to its construction, wherein a significant portion of the body is fashioned from natural fiber-reinforced plastic (NFRP) sourced from flax fibers. Even the interior elements, such as interior door panels, rear bulkheads, and seats, showcase the use of NFRP. The driver-focused interior incorporates a range of displays and touch screens, with the monocoque driver's module doubling as an esports simulator.
Porsche's Mission R amalgamates genuine and virtual racing, transcending boundaries. The concept's carbon fiber composite safety structure, referred to as the "exoskeleton," blends safety, weight efficiency, and aesthetics. This bold vision of the future of customer motorsports has been unveiled at the IAA MOBILITY, marking yet another groundbreaking step in Porsche's electrifying journey.