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Porsche Mission X

This year, the iconic Porsche brand celebrates the 75th anniversary of registering the first sports car. It also celebrates this anniversary by unveiling the Mission X electric vehicle concept study.

If we look at history, on June 8, 1948, the German manufacturer received a general operating license named Porsche for the 356 “No. 1” Roadster. Thus, it was an important date for the birth of the brand producing technologically advanced sports cars.

Porsche Mission X
The Porsche Mission X is a compact sports car

A Model for the Technological Future

Oliver Blume, CEO of Porsche AG, said: “The Porsche Mission X is the technological beacon for the sports car of the future. It combines with the iconic sports cars of previous decades: just like the 959, the Carrera GT, and the 918 Spyder, the Mission X provides a decisive impetus for the further development of future vehicle concepts.”

Porsche Mission X
Aerodynamically shaped body creates excellent downforce

This concept is a reasonably compact hypercar with a length of 4.5 m, a width of 2 m, and a height of 1.2 m. The wheelbase is 2.73 m and corresponds to the  Carrera GT and 918 Spyder models. There are 20-inch tires at the front and 21-inch tires at the back. The styling elements, characteristic of the Porsche brand, are newly interpreted and depict the car. Thus, Mission X carries the highest performance and modern luxury.

Asymmetric carbon shell front seats indicate the driver orientation, along with six-point belts and an open-top steering wheel, forming a parallel to motorsport.

Porsche Mission X
The doors open in the manner of Le Mans specials

Technical Visions

In terms of parameters, this concept is supposed to be the best weight/power ratio (1 kg/1 hp), high downforce, and even load. Based on these technical features, if Mission X were to go into production in the future, it would become the fastest vehicle on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife circuit. The aerodynamic downforce is expected to exceed the current 911 GT3 RS.

Thanks to the 900-volt architecture, it is expected to achieve significantly better charging performance and charge twice as fast as the top-class Porsche Taycan Turbo S. The battery will find its place behind the seats in the center (the so-called E-Core arrangement), the favorable weight distribution will form the basis for excellent agility.

Porsche Mission X
The front axle has 20-inch wheels, and the rear is 21-inch

Supersport Predecessors

The supersport cars that appeared as milestones feature the Porsche 959 (1985), Carrera GT (2003), and the 918 Spyder (2013).

The Porsche 959 became a technological showcase in 1985. It had a six-cylinder biturbo boxer with a maximum power of 331 kW (450 hp), which in combination with an aerodynamically optimized body, allowed it to set a world record of 317 km/h among mass-produced cars of that time.

Among the super sports cars today is the Porsche Carrera GT, which has a refined design and provides an immensely engaging driving experience. A V10 engine gives the drive a maximum power of 450 kW (612 hp).

Porsche Mission X
The cockpit is strictly sporty and driver-oriented

In the 916 Spyder, hybrid technology has reached a spectacular pinnacle. The first production car reached 6:57 minutes on the 20.6-kilometre Nürburgring-Nordschleife circuit in September 2013. The drive system had a maximum power of 652 kW (887 hp). Mision X may have similar ambitions – if it goes into series production.

Text: Peter Stano, photo: Porsche