Apparently, Porsche’s not resting on its laurels and marveling at Tesla’s innovation. The European automaker signaled its entry into an all-electric future with the introduction of the Porsche Mission E concept at the Frankfurt Auto Show.
Mission E’s most remarkable specs include 600 horsepower from two electric motors and a 500 km (310 miles) driving range – with charging time of 15 minutes. The four-seater is powered by an 800-volt drive system similar to that used in the 919 Hybrid that won this year’s Le Mans. In true Porsche fashion, the sports car reaches 100 km/h (0-62 mph) in under 3.5 seconds.
Porsche emphasized performance and its electric motors live up to its expectations, different from other all-electric drives as they manage to develop full power after several accelerations at short intervals. Further, Porsche Torque Vectoring distributes torque to each wheel to optimize the driving power. Mission E is race-track ready: its time on North Loop of the Nürburgring was under 8 minutes.
Porsche built the Mission E chassis to be as lightweight as possible and distribute weight evenly. The body is constructed from aluminum, steel and carbon fiber-reinforced polymer materials. The battery runs the entire length of the car, from the front to the rear axles. Mission E sits on carbon wheels with 21-inch front tires and 22-inch rear tires.
Aesthetically, Mision E has classic Porsche DNA and resembles the 918 Spyder and Porsche race cars. It sports a new kind of matrix LED headlights. The front wings and a low-cut bonnet evoke 911 design, although the two counter-opening doors without the B-pillar are one key difference.
The car’s interior features an instrument cluster with five round instruments, distinctly Porsche in appearance. They are displayed in OLED technology and organized by themes: Connected Car, Performance, Drive, Energy and Sport Chrono. Mission E also sports an eye-tracking system that uses a camera to detect which instrument the driver is viewing and activates the menu of the instrument.
Mission E’s interior also features hologram elements and can be configured from a tablet through Porsche Car Connect.
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